A Safe Haven Foundation Co-Founder and President Speaker at
University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business
The MBA Net Impact Symposium
“Businesses Making a Positive Impact”
February 13-14, 2014 – Neli Vazquez Rowland, Co-founder and President of A Safe Haven Foundation gave the Opening Keynote Address to graduate students at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Net Impact Symposium, on Thursday, February 13, 2014, on “Businesses Making Positive Impact”. “I was so honored to speak to the Notre Dame MBA students, and to represent our work on poverty issues and the social impact that our collaborations with business is making at A Safe Haven Foundation. “
Today, businesses are being asked by their stakeholders to take the lead and to stand for something. It is exciting to see that they are partnering with us and backing it up with actions and performance metrics. It is so important and wonderful to see that their employees and consumers are backing them up for doing the right thing. I love that the brightest minds in school today are more aware, engaged and active than ever in pursuing ways to support making the world a better place as they launch their careers in business, government, academia or non profits!” said Neli Vazquez-Rowland.
A Safe Haven’s model is a public/private collaboration that assesses and addresses the root causes of poverty and homelessness with an individualized, integrated, comprehensive approach to social and economic crisis. A Safe Haven offers a holistic, sustainable, evidence-based approach including transitional and supportive housing, addiction treatment, education, job training/placement. Due to many employment and housing barriers A Safe Haven alumni faced early on, A Safe Haven also partners with for profit entities and Vazquez-Rowland continues to personally invest along with other investors in businesses that create jobs to provide employment and permanent housing through social business enterprises and affordable housing and senior housing developments.