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My Safe Harbor Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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 100 from our Strong Families Institute (SFI) and 60% of them are still connected to us as leaders and volunteers in our programs. This fall we are running Mother's Clubs in our local elementary schools. These clubs are being facilitated by SFI graduates. This year we have our first SFI graduate facilitating a SFI cohort.

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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My Safe Harbor takes the time to establish significant, long term relationships with mothers who are doing the hard work to change themselves and I love hearing how their lives have changed!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working for My Safe Harbor for the last 3 years and have had a front row seat to the work they are doing in the community. I have seen the transformations in the women who have been served here and am inspired by the work those women are now doing to transform their community. Many are now leaders in their children's schools and the community at large. Its a great place to work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with My Safe Harbor has given me the opportunity to affect my community at the source. Working alongside these mothers striving to make a difference in their lives and getting to see the result of changed lives makes this project so satisfying for me. I know that my time is directly translated to making my neighborhood stronger. Go My Safe Harbor!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began serving on the advisory board for My Safe Harbor this past January, and it has been an amazing experience so far! As a financial donor and event volunteer I have definitely gained a great deal in return on my investment. Of particular personal significance are the several graduation ceremonies I have attended for women who have completed the Strong Families Institute program. I leave each of these events with a tear in my eye and inspiration in my heart after witnessing the tremendous transformation of mothers and families. Much is asked of these women when they sign up for the program, and it is a difficult journey to be sure. But as the saying goes, if it's not challenging, it's not worth doing. There are no easy or quick fixes when it comes to changing the culture of a family from one of desperation and hopelessness to empowered leadership and renewed vision for a brighter future. My Safe Harbor is a wonderful asset to its community. Its staff does a great deal of good through efficient use of resources and creating deep level change for lasting individual, family, and community growth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work transforming the lives of single (mostly Hispanic) moms. My Safe Harbor teaches them life skills, parenting and discipline, but most importantly, gives them HOPE! The ladies in the program go on to significant leadership roles in our community - of the four local elementary school, all for PTA's are chaired by an Strong Families Institute graduate. And the SFI Alumni have over 85% participation.
One of the main results of this program is that the women realized they are not alone in dealing with their problems. This is one of the things that gives them hope!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor gets the most bang for your buck of any non-profit I know. With only one full-time employee and 3 part-time employees, they use hundreds of hours of volunteer time (including graduates of their programs) to affect the lives of single mothers in some of the worst gang-affected neighborhoods of Anaheim. It's always easy to get sympathy for kids, but working with their moms is much more effective in the long run. My Safe Harbor gets that done! Graduates of their programs are involved in their kids lives, in their kids schools (several PTA chairwomen), and their communities.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I first became acquainted with My Safe Harbor's ministry about 4 years ago and truly appreciate the difference they are making for mothers and families within their community. We continue to cheerfully support and pray for this ministry. We are excited for the future of My Safe Harbor and those who will be blessed by their work.

Lyn B.

Donor

Rating: 5

This program has helped dozens of women in their quest for personal growth
And their desire to be better partners/wives and more effective parents to their children. Graduates of the year long program usually come back to volunteer
their time and energy to teach and support the next group of women. Life
long friendships are forged. It is truly a unique and amazing program in Orange County!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor has one of the most unique programs in Orange County for underprivileged, sometimes undereducated, single mothers who are struggling. After preparing for the year long program through attendance at Mother's Club, these mothers are ready to work very hard to look at how they are interacting and communicating with their family members, how they were parented and how they are currently parenting, how they handle their finances, and taking a good long look at their heart/soul/mind. The graduates come back (part of the requirements of the program is to give back) and help the new cohort prepare for the year long journey. It is a truly transforming program with many alumni now. We need volunteers and donations. As a Board member for a few years, I am proud to ask. It is a program very worth supporting!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor has impacted our community. I have met women that have been changed positively by participating in their Strong Family’s Institute and are very grateful to have had the opportunity to be in their program. Some of those women are active members in my church now along with their families. Their children are finding more positive role models and can have access to a broader support network.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered there and seen first hand the amazing transformation of lives. These women take responsibility for changing their own situations for the better by embracing the help given them, and they also find the confidence to take better care of their children. A wonderful ministry!

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I love giving to this organization - The value they offer far exceeds what I give. If you are looking for a great philanthropic ROI, call My Safe Harbor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor does everything with excellence - and on a shoestring budget! The leaders truly care about each woman and each family who walks through the door, and they have built relationships with leaders across the city so they can make a real difference. Also they treat their volunteers very well!