Shasta Women’s Refuge and Family Justice Center revealed Thursday that Anderson philanthropist Dean Haug recently bestowed a gift of $250,000 to further the organization’s work in helping victims of domestic abuse.
“On behalf of the many victims whose lives he saved by this gift, I just want to say an enormous thank you to Dean for his caring heart and willingness to stand up for those in abusive situations,” said Executive Director Jean King.
“Supporters like Dean allow us to be that one safe place in our community where victims of abuse can go for help.”
Born in 1923, the former city manager of both the cities of Livermore and Mountain View says his generosity and concern for people was born out of what he calls a “covenant I made with the Lord” when he was injured during World War II.
“I overheard doctors discussing my situation and heard one say he didn’t know if I’d make it until morning,” he said.
Not knowing if he would live or die, Haug said a prayer offering everything he had to God by helping the less fortunate, if God would just get him home safely.
Haug did make it home and now, at age 87, he is sharing his blessing with not only the Refuge and Justice Center but a variety of other organizations in the community including: Mercy Medical Center Foundation, Redding Christian School, Trinity Lutheran Church, the Child Abuse Prevention Council and disabled veterans.
On Nov. 3, 2011, Haug received a Founder’s Spirit Award from the Senior Corps Golden Umbrella program .
“Dean Haug is no stranger to caring,” said Mark Korth, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Redding. “He’s been a generous supporter of Mercy Medical North.”
Haug also holds special concern for those affected by Autism and would like to one day see a facility in Redding devoted to those with the condition.
“I want this to be an inspiration to others,” Haug said.
“My gift only goes so far. Abused women and children need help, and I want this gift to motivate others to help as well,” he added.
Haug went on to say that his gift is a testament to his support of the organization physically and financially and that he has plans for future gifts as well.
“We’re tremendously honored to hear Dean’s story and have been touched and inspired by his generous spirit,” King added.
“We, like so many other non-profits, are facing immense challenges. But when someone like Dean comes along it gives us and the people we serve so much hope.”