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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Spouse Abuse Prevention

Mission: The mission of SafeHaven of Tarrant County is to end family violence through safety, support, prevention and social change.

Programs: Shelter and housing programs: the agency operates two shelters for domestic violence victims and their children, one in arlington and one in fort worth. Clients may reside in the shelters for as much time as needed to ensure their exit to a place of permanent safety. Clients stay from 1-2 nights to several months; however, the average stay is 3-4 weeks. During their stay, clients are provided all basic necessities including meals, clothing and personal care items. The agency provides access to all needed services and offers transportation when required. Children attend school on site or in local public schools. Staff provides case management, counseling, support groups, life skills training and other specialized assistance. A 24/7/365 hotline is always answered by staff or volunteers and is the primary gateway to services. 1,755 served during fye 2014. The agency offers both transitional living (up to 2 years) and permanent supportive housing programs. This includes rental assistance, case management, financial education/budgeting, employment assistance and parenting classes with highly individualized case plans for each family. Families stay in either a small apartment complex owned by the agency or apartments/homes scattered across tarrant county. All services are provided in english and spanish as well as multiple other languages.

non-residential services: the agency operates two non-residential resource centers, one in fort worth and one in arlington, which offer the following services for victims of all ages: counseling, play therapy, support groups, legal advocacy and legal representation. Masters level therapists provide all counseling services. Certified attorneys provide civil legal representation, primarily in family courts. Additionally, the organization operates a batterers intervention and prevention program (bipp) using evidenced based curriculum to facilitate rehabilitation of the batterers. This is a state certified program and is the only service for which the agency charges a fee. 1,754 served during fye 2014. All services are provided in english and spanish as well as multiple other languages.

community services and volunteers - the organization provides comprehensive educational programs in area schools and to companies and civic groups. Community presentations to groups educate about the cycle of violence, needs of victims and services available at the organization. School presentations implement evidence-based curricula focusing on primary prevention, or stopping violence before it starts. The organization engages community members as volunteers in direct client service delivery at all locations, administrative support, fundraising events and speaking opportunities that raise awareness of domestic violence.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

Client Served

Rating: 1

The reality is expect to be treated disrespectfully by some. One employee in particular whose first name begins with e yelled at the top of her lungs and threatened to hit someone. This is ironic considering the motto of non violence there. She routinely practiced favrotism and one night had a clients child behind in the employee station braiding her hair. I do agree that some employees are rude and openly insult clients but i thought this applied to some counselors at times. The clients are something else themselves.There are people addicted to drugs food etc. Some even have mental health issues. Dont leave anything that you dont wa n t stolen because i did have something taken. Some dont do chores and this makes environment unsanitary a nd harder for the next s cheduled person. There is th e feelin g that after so long of being there you are herded out asap like cattle going to s laughter. The environment can be toxic . Go to appts a nd take all advice given otherwise you will get targeted for quick exit. Fort worth office

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a client of SafeHaven. My experience with SafeHaven was great! I am able to achieve my Nursing goal thanks to them. They are very supportive and have helped more than they can imagine. The staff there is wonderful. The place is very safe and they provide many resources to help the client be successful in living a violence free life. They understand the struggles the clients face and help them overcome them. Thank you SafeHaven for all you do!

Review from Guidestar

Samantha O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I admire the transparency of this company and the length everyone who comes into contact with the clients to ensure that their needs are met. I am proud to be apart of an organization that makes clear and distinct strides to assist all those involved in domestic violence.

Review from Guidestar

1 Belinda H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I pray for a time when SafeHaven isn't needed. These days, however, SafeHaven is a necessary part of our community and they do an amazing job to provide a safe place for domestic violence victims and children. They are life-savers... literally!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 12 year volunteer who helps with the Preventive Services programs and Resource Fairs hosted by SafeHaven. My role is to educate schools, church and civic groups, as well as the general public, about SafeHaven and the beneficial work they do aiding women (and their children) who are victims of domestic abuse. I also explain what domestic violence is, how to recognize it, and what individuals can do to help a victim and the agency. Meeting a former victim is very rewarding to me as it varifies the importance of SafeHaven in our society.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I lost two friends & three of their relatives to domestic violence on July 23, 2011, which led me to volunteer at SafeHaven. I only wish I had known more about this organization prior to that date. I have observed the staff working with the women & children housed at SafeHaven and am in awe of their professionalism and the opportunities afforded there. Many women & children have passed through there during my short tenure as a volunteer & I've observed each one is given individual attention & care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

From someone who comes from a family that’s dealt with being victims of a violent crime, along with personally working with shelters in the past, words can’t explain the importance of having a place willing to open its doors to help. To have a place such as this for families in need of assistance after suffering through a traumatic experience is invaluable. The shock, worry and stress that crime victims go through can create a heavy burden, sometimes too heavy to deal with alone. Having a shelter willing and available to help can relieve some of the burden and can also help the victims pick up the pieces and start down the road to recovery, knowing they are not alone on the journey. Just as important are the ones associated with the shelter who dedicate their lives to lending a helping hand. They are greatly appreciated for their hard work and open hearts and can never be properly rewarded for the positive impact they make during a difficult time. It is vital for those who provide the help to receive the help they need to continue making a difference and providing a future for those who felt that all was lost.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for SafeHaven for a couple of years now and I love it. The staff there, while they're busy attending to the needs of the families in the shelter still take time to make you feel like a part of their "family." It's a pleasure volunteering my time for an organization that offers a second chance to women who might feel they have no future alone without their husband/boyfriend. They truly empower them and as a volunteer it's fantastic being able to see the change in the women's attitudes, right before my eyes!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with many nonprofits both locally, and nationally in many capacities over the past 30 years. I am very aware of SafeHaven, and am always impressed with their transparency, their efforts to fulfill their mission, and their responsible use of funds. They should receive the highest possible ratings in every category, and as a lawyer who has represented nonprofits throughout this country for many years, I can say that SafeHaven should be used as a standard for other nonprofits.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at SafeHaven because I care about the women and children who are sheltered there. When I volunteer, I definitely have the feeling that the staff feels and thinks the same way. They are so caring to these children, while trying to set a positive environment for the mothers. They not only provide shelter, they also teach and counsel the mothers so that they can go out into the world with hope for a better future.