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My Safe Harbor Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Neighborhood Centers

Mission: Investing in mothers is at the heart of the mission of My Safe Harbor. We do not provide crisis intervention. Instead, we provide a place for the "next step" for mothers who have weathered a crisis and are ready to do the long, hard work of changing their lives and the lives of their children. At MSH, we are literally mothering mothers -- many of whom have had little or no access to adequate role models. Our programs build trusting relationships and equip mothers with real, life changing tools that empower honest personal assessment and the dignity of self-reliance.

Results: We have graduated over 190 mothers from our Strong Families Institute (SFI) and 60% of them are still connected to us as leaders and volunteers in our programs.

Target demographics: build strong families and break generational cycles of poverty and dysfunction

Direct beneficiaries per year: 188 mothers with over 450 children and have graduated 13 cohorts of the Strong Families Institute.

Geographic areas served: Long term support for low income mothers committed to changing their lives and the lives of their children.

Programs: The Mothers Clubs and Electives introduce women to the MSH culture, present new opportunities and begin the relationship building process. Enrichment Electives are 2-6 weeks sessions that are more in-depth and require pre-registration. Topics range from crocheting and cooking to computers and parenting. and there are expectations for attendance and commitment. The Strong Families Institute (SFI) is our intensive, year-long program where the real work of change begins. It It offers over 100 class hours over 32 weeks for in-depth information, participation and evaluation. Go to our website for more information. Our programs build trusting relationships and equip mothers with real, life changing tools that empower honest personal assessment and the dignity of self-reliance.

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Chelsea G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor is a place that is creating deep and lasting change for families. They work hard to equip moms, dads and children with the skills to totally alter negativity within the home. Mother's Clubs and enrichment classes provide a supportive environment for women to come and grow together. The work they do with other community organizations to further address the needs of the community is so amazing. I wish there were more places in the world like My Safe Harbor.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful non-profit with a high rate of philanthropic return for our investment. Great leadership team as well. Impressive investment for any donor...

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I are always on the lookout for organizations that have a lot of bang for the buck and My Safe Harbor is that. We get a tremendous amount of value and many people are helped. We will continue to support My Safe Harbor for a long time.

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1 T.Murray

Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about My Safe Harbor and its impact on the community it serves. Moms who have been through the Strong Families Institute program are not only making a difference in their families but also at the PTA organizations in the local schools. I heartily recommend My Safe Harbor as a great non-profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The vast majority of family social service agencies in Anaheim are focused on crisis intervention or other short-term projects. My Safe Harbor, however, occupies a special niche as it works with single moms over the long haul through electives, Mother's Clubs, Strong Families Institute and additional programs for alumni. My Safe Harbor empowers and equips these women to make changes in their own lives as well as their children's lives; it also expects women to participate both through finances and volunteer work in this challenging growth process.

I support My Safe Harbor financially and in as many other ways as possible; I encourage you to do the same. Your gifts will be carefully managed and put to the best possible use!

Michael G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I especially appreciate the work My Safe Harbor is doing; so much so that I have volunteered at several events. I see first-hand in the smiles of the ladies and children that My Safe Harbor is making a huge difference in the community in which it serves and I am proud to be a small part of what they are doing. Keep up the great work!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

For almost 10 years, My Safe Harbor has made a significant difference in its community by helping families survive and thrive. Our family is an enthusiastic supporter of their important work!

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Robert P.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for and donated to My Safe Harbor for two years now. Excellent non-profit that puts consumers first, and always works to better the lives of not only the consumer, but also their entire family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. I found it through my church and was working there almost immediately. It's been almost 10 years and I've done everything from finance record keeping and sewing to my current duties as keeper of statistics related to attending moms as well as all the volunteer hours. I also teach a quilting club 2 times per month. There is something for everyone to do no matter the level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. I have been working with them for about 6 years+ in all different capacities from accounting to record and statistics as well as teaching some elective classes in sewing. Yesterday we started the first ever MSH Quilting Club. Who ever thought I could teach what I love doing to a group of women who speak mostly Spanish. I speak very little and told them they are going to help me learn a little bit more. Thanks to great students in classes who can also help translate. Just love going to help here each Monday morning.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! So impactful and truly cares about the women of Anaheim!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredible organization with the big picture in mind!

Donor

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor is a great nonprofit! Strategically located in Anaheim, MSH caters to mothers who are in need of a little extra help: budgeting advice, self-confidence training, meal planning, disciplinary methods, etc. with a range of programs that are long-term and more formal to short-term/drop in, often with free childcare! Their curriculum is comprehensive, training mothers to embrace their role as parents while feeling empowered to change their own situations for the better. MSH works hard to keep transparent financial records, is good to their volunteers, and has a dedicated staff whose heart is in their program. As a donor and a volunteer, I strongly believe that MSH makes a world of difference, first with each individual mother, and then with her family, and then with the community. My family and I confidently support MSH's work and consider it one of the most stable, well-designed NPs we have worked with. Most importantly, the women who have participated in the program consistently testify to its value in their lives, and can show positive change due to their participation in My Safe Harbor programs.

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered with kids and moms here for years, so I got to observe firsthand the nurturing, empowering support provided to struggling families. These are life-changing programs, and our city is better for them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with My Safe Harbor from its earliest days and I continue to marvel at the tremendous impact they have on families. Their mission of building stronger families by focusing on strengthening mothers, is not complicated, but it requires long term, patient focus and deep, trusting personal relationships to accomplish. This is where they excel. The board, the staff, the volunteers, the women themselves are all committed to transformational change and breaking generational family dysfunction. I don't know anyone who does it better. Giving my time as a volunteer and my financial support as a donor, is a distinct privilege. I've had a front row seat to witness an amazing return on my investment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love everything about MSH: The mission to help mothers build strong families; the Strong Families Institute that provides tools and support for women to become the women and mothers they want to be; the caring and commitment of the amazaing staff; the volunteers who do so much to support the women; and the courageous women themselves as they become the best version of themselves and help their families to thrive. I am happy to be a volunteer and donor, the best things I can do to make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The long term work My Safe Harbor does with these mothers is changing their lives and the lives of their children. Amazing experience to be a volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. Its a place for moms to meet with other moms. A place to share experiences and grow. This is a place to share sadness, to grow and to encourage one another. Mostly this is a place where you can be loved and excepted.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a member of the Anaheim City Council for 4 years I had the opportunity to visit and learn about many non-profits operating in Anaheim, very few if any can boast the level of long term results as My Safe Harbor.
The vision to create real change in the lives of children in the community through educating and equipping mothers to be mothers has proven it's self key to long term change in the lives of children and families in Anaheim.
I simply couldn't not support this organization given their record of contribution to the betterment of the community through the impact they make in women's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience has allowed me to meet new and interesting people, and has given me the oportunity to discover gifts and talents within me, as well as to provide me with the chance to serve and help others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always passed by the building. I never knew it was going to change my life as soon as I walked in. For me it all started at mother's club. I loved the feeling that I was not the only one struggling and that I needed a break because being a mom is hard work. I was then referred to the Strong Families Institute by all of my amazing frieinds where, I learned to be the best version of myself. Thanks to all the members and volunteers of my Safe Harbor, I have the tools I needed to be a great leader for my family and my community.

Dorcan De T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Now I am a woman sure of myself. I learned the value that I have and the love of God, I am blessed to know My Safe Harbor.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have consistently given to My Safe Harbor for the past 3 years and fully support their mission of building up families. We are inspired by their commitment to the surrounding community; they are there in the trenches making a difference!

Donor

Rating: 5

Every charity has it's story. The personal stories being made by Safe Harbor touch so many hearts. The ladies this organization helps are not receiving charity, they are becoming model Mothers and exemplary citizens. Giving back to the community and helping in schools. These ladies are learning, giving and stepping up. We need more programs like this.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a wonderful and transformative organization. I have personally seen the transformation in the lives of the mothers who participate in the MSH programs.

The staff is kind, caring and committed to the Anaheim community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The accomplishments of the "My Safe Harbor" are nothing short of spectacular, especially considering its relatively small budget. I have never been associated with a non-profit who comes as close to being as good stewards of donors' gifts than MSH. One of the reasons it is so productive is its ability to inspire the help of an impressive number of volunteers. We gladly serve, not simply because we believe in its mission, but because we see such inspiring results from its ministry. MSH does what it says it will do. Can't say enough good things about "My Safe Harbor." The testimony of the transformed lives of those it serves says it all.