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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Mission: Safe Harbor of Greater West Chester is a non-profit charitable organization, whose mission is to provide shelter, food, counseling and recovery opportunities in a structured environment to homeless single men and homeless single women in Chester County PA.  Safe Harbor''s goals go beyond just feeding the homeless and providing shelter.  We seek to understand each person''s background, define short-term action plans designed to address their challenges and monitor their progress in rebuilding their lives, self-esteem, and moving to a more independent way of life.

Target demographics: homeless single men and homeless single women

Geographic areas served: Chester County, PA

Programs: Safe Harbor of Greater West Chester provides overnight accommodations for up to 20 men and 20 women, including a hot evening meal and breakfast, showers, laundry facilities, clothing and personnel hygiene supplies. A professional and volunteer staff, provide friendship, encouragement and support. Resources from collaborating agencies are used for providing: case management, intensive physical and/or emotional health treatment, substance abuse counseling and treatment, job training, high school equivalency certification, direction in job searches, housing and guidance in personal financial management.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Safe Harbor for many years now. I have helped with serving meals as well as providing donations. The staff is always friendly and helpful. They provide a much needed and appreciated service to our town and we love to serve with Safe Harbor.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been a volunteer at Safe Harbor serving dinner in the shelter with my wife's women's group, I became more involved by joining the Board. Since being on the board and serving on committees I have come to know the history of the organization, the clients and staff. Working with the staff and other volunteers on various projects. I have seen the successes that have come about by staff and volunteers assisting the clients to get their lives back together and find self worth. It is extremely rewarding to see a client be able to get back out into society and find a job, housing and become independent.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Safe Harbor as a volunteer, a donor, a partner and a Board Member. Everyone associated with Safe Harbor is truly committed to their mission of helping people and eliminating homelessness in Chester County one person at a time. The organization is fiscally sound and efficiently managed with resources always being focused in the best interest of the residents and the mission. The mission has continually become more difficult and complicated as County regulations have directed more and more residents to Safe Harbor that have mental and substance abuse problems. Safe Harbor has adjusted to this changing reality by adding case management resources to better meet the residents needs. However, the challenges remain difficult and the staff remains committed.

Personally, through my company Vision Service Plan (VSP), I have partnered with Safe Harbor over the last three years to provide approximately 70 residents with free exams and free glasses . VSP provides this service thru a local Eye Care Professional with no cost to the resident and no cost to Safe Harbor. The Doctor is also being reimbursed fully. VSP provides this service through our Foundation, but we could not accomplish this success without the support and full collaboration with Safe Harbor and their staff.

Safe Harbor is making a real difference in people's lives everyday and is a five star performer in my eyes. I am proud to be associated with Safe Harbor. The world is a better place because of them.
Jim Wenke

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I initially approached Safe Harbor about a group of students from our school for children living with Autism, volunteering with them in the community. We worked together and Safe Harbor staff said they could really use help with picking up donations from different vendors and stocking them in the kitchen back at Safe Harbor.
Our group of three students undertake this task every Monday and thoroughly enjoy doing it, they have learned about the meaning of Safe Harbor and the services it provides, they also feel purposeful themselves that other people are relying on them each week. We love our partnership with Safe Harbor and all the wonderful people our students meet there, thank you for providing this great opportunity for our guys !!

Anthony71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is by far the most superior homeless shelter around. Plus, it's free lunch program includes great food.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Safe Harbor is an excellent non-profit that has been providing shelter, food and support services to single men and single women experiencing homelessness in Chester County for over 20 years. The dedicated staff work tirelessly to maintain the safety, health and well being of all of the residents. The midday lunch program provides a meal to anyone who comes into the shelter at that time. Through the efforts of its Case Manager, Program Manager and other staff, Safe Harbor works with each resident to get them rehoused as soon as possible based on their individual situations. While this work is going on, the resident can stay for up to 120 days.
Safe Harbor is also fortunate to have hundreds of dedicated volunteers who assist the staff in many ways. It also has an active Board of Directors who are reviewing the work of the shelter to make certain that its mission is accomplished. Finally, Safe Harbor has many donors who believe in the organization and its mission and support it financially so that the good work can go on.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a lunchtime volunteer at Safe Harbor every Monday for about a year and a half and it has been a wonderful experience. The well-cared-for and well-run facility is staffed by a group of dedicated professionals, and the atmosphere is warm and friendly to clients and volunteers alike. Safe Harbor is a great service to Chester County for those in need and it's a good feeling, as a volunteer, to be part of that service.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Safe Harbor is a selfless and learning-centered organization. The leadership has connected with Immaculata University (http://www.immaculata.edu/)such that three undergraduate students have interned or are interning at SH. The students have enabled SH to leverage social media to a better degree and the student-interns, as well as scores of other IU Students, have learned more about the challenge of homelessness.

2 Kristin68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Harbor is an outstanding nonprofit organization that sets itself apart from other local nonprofits and homeless shelters by maintaining a clean facility, treating each and every one of its men and women with unparalleled kindness and respect, and constantly seeking out new opportunities for organizational growth and development. Every staff member that I've had the privilege of meeting has been selfless, passionate about his or her position, and radiates kindness and good will. This is a very special place that deserves recognition in the community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Commitment and dedication of staff to improving resident's lives and well-being truly amazing. SH is a well structured, clean and safe environment for homeless single men and women.