Fifth Third Check Presentation

Fifth-Third, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing


Fifth-Third Bank, Local Financial Institutions, and Others Saved Safe Haven from Closing

In September 2016, Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan was notified that the federal funding that sustained its Safe Haven program for 11 of the last 12 years would not be renewed. This placed the program in danger of closing its doors to the hundreds of families that relied on Safe Haven services each month.

Despite the loss of federal funding, the need for Safe Haven has not diminished. Safe Haven provides supervised visitation and safe child exchanges between co-parents for families experiencing high conflict or domestic violence, preventing instances of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of children and at-risk parents. Without Safe Haven, local children and parents have been injured, sometimes even killed.

Since September, Child & Family Services has worked hard to secure enough funding to keep this vital program open and available to the children and families who need it. These efforts have included an intense fundraising campaign, increased financial support from local courts, modifications to the program to increase efficiency and cut costs, and the imposition of client user fees. 

Child & Family Services is proud to report that over $120,000 in grants and donations has been received since October 2016 – enough to sustain the program until October 2017, when federal funding is expected to be renewed. More than $25,000 was donated from individuals – everyday people – right here in northern Michigan.

One of the largest groups of Safe Haven supporters during these past few months has been our community’s local financial institutions, including Fifth-Third Bank who contributed a generous $10,000 to the cause and inspired many other banks to get involved. Child & Family Services, and the families they serve, are also grateful for support from Chemical Bank ($5,000), Forest Area Federal Credit Union ($3,000), 4Front Credit Union ($1,500), Huntington ($1,500), Traverse City State Bank ($800), and East Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union ($750), Team One Credit Union ($350), M Bank ($250), and Northwest Consumers Federal Credit Union ($100).

Deepest thanks is also extended to the countless other individuals, businesses, community organizations, and service groups who contributed to this successful campaign to save Safe Haven. View a full list of supporters below.

It is because of YOU, our community, that families and children will remain safe.


Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan
Contact: Amanda Elliott,

Special THANK YOU to these supporters:

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
Chemical Bank
David P. Sheetz Family Foundation
East Traverse Catholic Credit Union
Family of Faith Lutheran Church
Fifth Third Bank
Forest Area Federal Credit Union
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Grand Traverse County Deputy Sheriff's 
GT Crane Corporation
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Health and Healing Ministries
Incredible Mo's
Kalkaska Rotary
M Bank
Mancelona Rotary
Northwest Consumers Federal Credit Union
Smith, Haughey, Rice, & Roegge Law Firm
Team One Credit Union
Timber Ridge Resort
Traverse City Police Department
Traverse City State Bank
Women's Resource Center

And over $25,000 from countless individuals just like YOU!