$4M campaign aims to build ‘one-site’ domestic violence shelter


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Safe Haven Ministries has launched a $4 million capital campaign to fund the construction of an expanded facility to serve more victims of domestic violence.

Safe Haven is a faith-based organization funded solely by private donations.  It served 577 women and children in 2016.

“We’re seeing tremendous need in our community and between us and the YWCA, there’s still not enough of us to meet the need,” said Cindy Sielawa, the executive director of Safe Haven Ministries.

The organization has already raised nearly half of the $4 million from donors that include the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, the Sebastian Foundation, and the Peter and Emajean Cook Foundation. Now, Safe Haven is hoping donors will come forward to fill the gap. If you’d like to help, you can donate directly on Safe Haven’s website.

Currently, Safe Haven provides counseling, support groups and other programs for women and children out of rented space in an office building near a busy shopping center on 28th Street. It also provides emergency shelter that can serve seven to nine households (women with children) at an undisclosed location.

The new facility will combine the shelter and non-residential programming under one roof in a 19,000-square-foot facility tucked behind businesses and apartments off 28th Street west of Breton Road. The comprehensive “one site” facility will double shelter space to 12 to 15 families.

Of the $4 million, $3 million will go to build the facility and $1 million will go to fund expanded services, including counseling, a healing garden, play therapy, and the Prevention and Education program.

>>PDF: Safe Haven capital campaign

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call Safe Haven’s 24-hour hotline at 616.452.6664. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233).

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Online:

Safe Haven Ministries: 616.453.6664

YWCA

Center for Women in Transition

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on domestic violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.7233 and TTY 1.800.787.3224