How It All Started
It all started in 1991 with a mission outreach in the volatile country of Haiti. Anne Ravish was there to help Nadage, a blind child with congenital cataracts. Her trip turned into a nightmare of violence. However, in the midst of the coup, her vision of a home for abandoned and medically needy children filled her every moment. That vision became The Gabriel House.
About Ed & Annie Ravish
The founders of The Gabriel House, Edward and Annie R. Ravish, besides having abundant love and compassion for hurting children, include for Ed, a BA, MA from Rhode Island College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Annie Ravish has taken numerous Special Ed courses at St. Joseph College and the University of Connecticut. Annie has extensive experience in working with autistic and severely handicapped children. Her experiences include working with adolescent delinquents and supervision of a nursing facility for severely physically and mentally disadvantaged children.
Over 25 Years of Service
After twenty five years of service to abandoned and medically needy children on a local, national and international level, many, many, children have been able to call The Gabriel House their home. Ten children have been adopted here in Lee County from The Gabriel House. The volunteer staff has helped in emergency situations by caring for local and out of state children while permanent placement arrangements were completed. Several children with parents in prison have also been helped. It is a community mission and a serious out reach mission which gives The Gabriel House the opportunity to respond to those specific community needs.
The Mission is to provide a loving and supportive home atmosphere for children who have been abandoned, neglected physically, emotionally and medically. This residential home focuses on children from birth to six years old. It is geared to help children reach their very highest level of independence and functioning.
There are goals necessary to fulfill the mission. We call it "Rescue the Children's Mission," fulfilled by a vision to care for, feed, clothe, house, educate and find quality medical care for the children, literally in many cases, rescued from abandonment and death. The vision encompasses special care so the children are not placed in state health or mental facilities for the rest of their lives. They receive guidance, love and attention needed to empower them to live a full life and become contributing members in our society. They become an investment in our future through the nurturing care and positive direction given them by the volunteer Gabriel staff.
The Gabriel House is accredited by the State of Florida, through Florida Statute 409.176. It is a credit to all the folks who have through the years volunteered their time and have faithfully prayed and financially supported the Gabriel House ministry and precious children. On behalf of these special "kids," we Thank You!