John’s Island Foundation Grant Awarded to Hibiscus Children’s Center

Vero Beach, FL — Hibiscus Children’s Center is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $50,000 grant awarded by John’s Island Foundation. This generous donation will be utilized for capital needs at the Hibiscus Children’s Village in Vero Beach.


The Village opened its doors in April 2004 and has daily been serving teens removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Government funding only covers the very basic needs for the children in Hibiscus’ care, but we provide much more than this. We strive to provide a nurturing home-like environment to help build each youth’s self-esteem, repair damage and prepare them to function in stable living environments while ensuring they receive the structure, supervision, medical care and mental health counseling they need.


Hibiscus Children’s Center is deeply grateful for this wonderful grant that will help to improve the 40-bed home for the teenagers living at the Hibiscus Children’s Village. The grant will help to provide some of the necessary funds for replacing the kitchen cabinets, kitchen counter tops and backsplashes in each Village home. In addition, it will help to replace the carpet in the bedrooms of each home with tile flooring which will last longer and be easier to keep clean. The teens deserve to live in a home they feel proud of and the John’s Island Foundation is helping to provide this for the youth. Not only will they feel pride in their living environment, but this generous grant also helps instill in the youth that they are worthwhile and important.


Michael Waninger, Hibiscus CEO, stated, “Thank you to the John’s Island Foundation, you are significantly helping Hibiscus Children’s Center complete the necessary renovations to the Village homes, but more importantly, you are helping to give our teens a sense of value and pride in their homes. This is a priceless gift that many of the youth may feel for the first time in their lives.”


If you would like more information about Hibiscus Children’s Center and our services, please visit us at

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