What is the mission of Safe Harbor?
Dedicated to the preservation of the physical health and spiritual welfare of people experiencing homelessness, a primary goal of Safe Harbor is to offer food, shelter, and hope for guests staying in our shelter. As part of the Continuum of Care, we also focus on community partnerships in order to better collaborate on long-term solutions to ending homelessness in our region. Safe Harbor is a non-profit providing seasonal emergency shelter, case management and housing assistance for adults experiencing homelessness. Our organization was borne of tragedy— starting more than 10 years ago after a homeless individual fell into Kids Creek and subsequently froze to death. In 2003, The First Church of the Nazarene said, “No more.” They opened their doors and begun offering meals and shelter during the coldest times. As many as 26 people per night were sheltered over the course of a month and a half. The next year, several other churches joined to form a rotating shelter network, led by a Steering Committee comprised of participating church members. Fast forward to present day, where 23 churches participate and a nightly average of 64 individuals are expected over the season spanning from November through April.