Twenty years! Safe Harbor has transitioned from the tremendous growth of our teen years to settle into our adult twenties. Thank you for supporting Safe Harbor through this growth and for partnering in this next phase of our organization’s life.
On behalf of our board of directors and staff, I thank each of you for your role in creating a vibrant, growing and learning organization that started as a small woman’s shelter and has become an agency dedicated to providing a continuum of services for victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as providing leadership to ending domestic violence so that all people can feel safe and valued in their relationships.
I have the audacity to hope that the next 20 years of Safe Harbor will see domestic violence as an uncommon and shameful phenomenon, rather than a daily occurrence and that families and children will feel safe and respected in their relationships and in their homes.
Peace to you,
Becky Callaham, Executive Director
Where Do We Go from Here?
As we reflect on Safe Harbor’s 20 years of service, we look forward to the work before us in our next 20 years. Our goals for the future are tied directly to our two-fold mission statement:
To provide a continuum of services for victims of domestic violence and their children
By continuing to develop the depth of our services for survivors and our common methods for empowering our clients and families, Safe Harbor is becoming an organization that models a best practices approach in providing excellent intervention services for the people who walk through our doors each day.
To eliminate cultural acceptance of domestic violence through a coordinated community response, prevention and education
In order to create a culture where all people are safe and valued in their relationships, we must continue to address the root issues and attitudes within our society that allow violence to happen in the first place. We cannot do this work alone. We must work together to recognize and eliminate gaps and barriers that victims of domestic violence often face when seeking help and support. We must provide further opportunities for education and dialogue, especially with young people and the adults who guide, parent and mentor them. Finally, we must ignite a sense of responsibility in every community member, creating a community-wide understanding that domestic violence cannot end unless all people are willing to take a stand against it.