Safe Haven needs YOUR support!
Our Safe Haven program received the sad news that our federal grant would not be renewed for this year. More details below. This means that the supervised visitation and exchange services that families have relied on for over a decade are in jeopardy, unless our community rallies around to help.
Can you support this vital service? Donate by clicking the button below or by calling Child & Family Services at (231) 946-8975. Checks may be mailed to Child & Family Services, 3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684. Please indicate Safe Haven in the memo line.
Nonprofit Tax ID: 38-2534222
Click here to learn more about donating to the work of CFS.
What is Safe Haven?
Safe Haven is a supervised visitation and safe exchange program for families affected by domestic violence or high conflict. It is the only program of its kind in northern Michigan.
Safe Haven's goal is to provide a safe, supervised, age-appropriate, and friendly environment for children to visit with their non-custodial parent or exchange between parents for visits.
When relationship problems between parents escalate into confrontations and violence that the children may witness the effect can be devastating, with long-term effects on the child. Safe Haven provides a safe, secure setting for children to visit with their parents.
Click here to learn more about Safe Haven.
Want to support Safe Haven? Click the button below or visit www.cfsnwmi.org/donate.
Why We Need YOU
For 11 of the last 12 years, CFS’ Safe Haven program has relied on federal grants from the Department of Justice's Office on Violence against Women (OVW) to provide about 80% of the total funding for the program. From 2003 – 2014, the OVW awarded 25 three-year grants annually to Safe Haven programs across the country. Another program, the Justice for Families grant program, also awarded 25 grants nationwide. During the last funding cycle (2014), the Safe Haven grant program was merged with the Justice for Families grant program, reducing the number of total yearly grants available for both programs from 50 to 25 nationwide. For these reasons, this year’s grant process was particularly competitive. CFS’ Safe Haven program was competing with 129 other Safe Haven and non-Safe Haven programs for just 25 nationwide grants. We submitted a strong application, but ultimately were unsuccessful and did not receive funding for FY 2016-17.
It is not unusual for OVW to take a one-year break from funding existing programs in order to fund new programs. We have been in communication with OVW and reapplied for federal funding in January 2017. We feel very confident about our application. CFS will be notified in September 2017 of their decision. If received, FY 2017-18 funding would begin October 1, 2017.
Since learning of our loss of federal funding, we have secured some funding from local courts in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska, and Manistee Counties to help keep our program open and affordable to the families we serve. We have also received donations from numerous individuals, local businesses, organizations, and other community partners throughout northern Michigan (complete list below). We continue to apply for grants and reach out to others for financial support.
The courts, judges, police officers, attorneys, businesses, organizations, and individuals just like you recognize the life-saving service Safe Haven offers and have stepped up to support it. Will you?
Despite the loss of federal funding, the need for Safe Haven services has not diminished. We continue to receive 5-15 new referrals each month. To keep the program viable, we have been forced to begin charging user fees to our clients. Assistance from our local courts has helped to subsidize some of the cost to our clients, but we serve many families who are not eligible for financial assistance from the courts and many who struggle to pay the remaining costs. In addition, the fees charged do not cover the full cost of providing Safe Haven services.
We are committed to Safe Haven and will continue offering limited services based on availability of program funding.
Here is a powerful story about the impact Safe Haven can have on a family:
"One never imagines finding oneself in the midst of serious domestic dysfunction. In fact, if you had asked me five years ago what I’d be doing at this moment in time, I would have never guessed that I would be a client of Safe Haven. Five years ago I didn’t even know Safe Haven existed. And, yet, here I find myself, a very grateful member of the often silent Safe Haven community.
"I bet you are wondering who I am. Who am I? I am really a lot like you. I am a mother. I am a daughter. I am a social worker. I am a local volunteer. I am a donor to several nonprofit organizations. I’m an active member of my church and our local school. I too am an advocate for many who cannot speak for themselves. I am you. I am your sister, your daughter, or maybe your mother. I am your neighbor. The most amazing thing is that, given any number of factors in your personal lives, you could be me.
"My children and I have survived our own hardship and Safe Haven has lent us shelter and strength… Safe Haven has provided my family with a predictable and secure location for parental exchanges. Without a doubt, Safe Haven has minimized our stress and conflict. Safe Haven has been a positive, consistent and routine force in our weekly schedule. In Safe Haven, I have found a network of support that empowers me to keep the focus on my beautiful children. My children have found a community of adults who believe in them and allow them to be just who they are…beautiful children…my children, who are really just like your children…and grandchildren…and neighborhood children. Children whose main focus should be growing, growing their minds, their bodies, and their spirits.
On behalf of my family, I thank you. I thank each and every one of you. We are grateful for your support and we have benefited from all of your unique contributions on so many levels. You and Safe Haven have made a healthy difference in our lives."
Special THANK YOU to these supporters and the countless others, just like YOU.
100 Women Who Care of Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties
13th Circuit Court Friend of the Court
19th Circuit Court Friend of the Court
46th Circuit Court Friend of the Court
4Front Credit Union
Benzie Sunrise Rotary
David P. Sheetz Family Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
Forest Area Federal Credit Union
Grand Traverse Band of Ottowa and Chippewa Indians
GT Crane Corporation
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association
Health and Healing Ministries
Smith, Haughey, Rice, & Roegge
Team One Credit Union
Timber Ridge Resort
Traverse City State Bank
Women's Resource Center
YOUR BUSINESS HERE!
And countless individuals just like YOU!