The Safe Haven Committee serves the women who are a part of the Safe Haven transitional living program. These women have been victims of domestic violence, and they are now working to gain their independence through the help of this program. While in the program, clients receive supportive services including case management, support groups and childcare. Commiee members must go through a volunteer training with Safe Haven and sign confidentiality agreements when serving on the committee.
Our purpose is to provide positive social interactions and fun/educational activities for these women each month, where they can leave their worries and responsibilities behind for a while! Our focus is on establishing relationships with these women in the process. Committee members take turns hosting fun activities and meals each month.
How We Help
Some activities from this past year were BUNKO night, yoga, poery painting, horseback riding, self-defense training, and bowling. At Christmas, we toured Thompson Lights and had a party at the cabin. The Safe Haven ladies LOVE these experiences and are appreciative of the opportunities afforded to them by SSL. This commiee offers members a chance to get to know women who have undergone serious hardships in their lives – they are survivors who are making a fresh start! As we development relationships with these women, we all usually discover that we are more alike than different. While we set out to inspire the women of Safe Haven, it is usually these ladies who inspire us!
The Safe Haven Committee members worked hard to plan and provide meaningful activities for the women each month. Most importantly, committee members were commied to interacting with the women in order to develop meaningful relationships. In our planning meeting, we discussed the need to focus on engaging with the Safe Haven women as opposed to socializing with our League friends. We made it a goal to truly reach out to the women by expressing genuine interest in them and by being sensitive to conversation topics. The commiee members maintained this focus throughout the year, and we were successful in building relationships and making each activity about the Safe Haven ladies.
Committee members also helped out with Dancing with the Statesboro Stars, which is an annual community event that raises money to support Safe Haven. League members served as ushers for the event, which is Safe Haven’s biggest fundraiser. In addition, we were able to finalize the transfer ownership of the Joseph’s Home van (owned by SSL) to Safe Haven.