About The Founder
........when I was thirteen, I met my children’s father. We had a very rocky relationship, but we stayed together. When I was 19, I got pregnant with my daughter and that is when he started to hit me. Things progressed for the next two years to where he verbally, emotionally and physically abused me often.........
Sylvia Anthony believes “the golden years” are a time to gear up and get busy, not relax and take it easy. She has faced many hardships in her 86 years, but they have made her stronger and more determined. As founder and president of Sylvia’s Haven, a shelter for women and children near Boston, she has helped transform over 1086 lives in the past 28 years! This organization is everything to Sylvia Anthony even calling it her “magnificent obsession!”
Sylvia has also authored a book about her life called “Till the End of Time” (efluential Publishing) and is also being considered for a television series. Sylvia’s story begins with her life as an unwanted child, beaten by her father and ignored by her mother, saved only by the love of God and her grandparents. Next comes her teenage years and first marriage which ended in divorce because of cruelty, but produced three amazing children that she had to raise alone. Later in her second marriage she grew closer to God and was blessed to be able to open up the organization which she leads today.
Life hasn’t been easy throughout the years, but Sylvia firmly believes that God not only gives her courage during times of hardship, but also keeps her healthy so that she may realize a dream of hers which is to open up a shelter, Sylvia’s Haven, in all 50 states!
Sylvia Anthony has been recognized as the National Association of Professional Women’s 2012/2013 Woman of the Year, featured on The 700 Club and received a commendation from President George Bush in 2002. She is the recipient of the Arthur L. Whitaker Award, the National Alliance to End Homelessness Recognition Award, Ambassador for Peace Award, the Governor of Massachusetts Recognition Award, and was named the 2001 Hometown Hero by WBZ-TV in Boston.
Hear more of her story here as Sylvia shares her story about life encouraging everyone to simply follow their intuition, let go, and see what life brings when you just work hard and keep the faith!