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Neli Vazquez Rowland is the Co-Founder & President of A Safe Haven Foundation. A Safe Haven is a world class, unique, vertically integrated ‘eco- system’ non profit social enterprise that is successfully rebuilding lives from poverty and homelessness.
A Safe Haven’s scalable model is considered innovative, yet anchored with 20 years of public/private collaboration and success in helping the vast majority of over 60,000 people transition from poverty and homelessness to sustainable self-sufficiency.
A Safe Haven assesses and addresses the root causes of poverty and homelessness with an individualized, integrated, comprehensive approach to social and economic crisis. The model of empowerment of those outside the economic mainstream is the subject of dozens of national and international tours by top government delegations from across the country and around the world including Colombia, Japan, China, Holland, and others.
A Safe Haven’s proven approach is influencing a paradigm shift in systems and is designed to break the cycle and reverse the trend of poverty towards social and economic self-sufficiency for individuals and communities in need. Many Countries are struggling with entrenched systems that are leading to the unintended consequences of significant increased rates of chronic poverty, increased government dependence and consequently, increased crime, academic underachievement and ultimately significant human and financial costs to society.
Neli has been recognized by the White House, Rotary International and many other groups as a philanthropist, non profit leader, and social business enterprise leader. She is a thought leader on the topic of social enterprise, poverty and homelessness and serves as a subject matter expert speaker, keynote speaker and panelist for many national and international government policy, academic, business and media forums.