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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 81 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 5 of our local elementary schools. All of these clubs are being facilitated by SFI graduates.

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 10 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

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I remembered the day when my life changed completely, I was broken into so many pieces, I was afraid of even my own shadow. Someone talked to me about this Safe Heaven called My Safe Harbor.
I knew if I wanted positive changes I needed to change myself, I told myself to at least give it a try, so I did!
I participated in PEP classes, to empower myself as a victim of Domestic Violence.
I also graduated from "The Strong Families Institute."
After that my fears turned into blessings!
I am forever grateful to My Safe Harbor, Becky Alhberg and it's entire staff for showing me that there was Hope.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization, working with single (mostly Hispanic) moms. Their programs include Mother's Clubs, Learning Electives, and the Strong Families Institute, a 30-week program that helps moms be better parents and citizens of their communities. Several SFI grads have already made an impact on their local schools thru PTA and other activities.
MSH has very few staff, only one full-time, so they are using the donations they receive very efficiently. It's great to see the impact on families in their neighborhood, which has very high gang activity and lot's of single moms.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor is enabling single mothers in Anaheim, CA learn to be productive, independent citizens and better parents. Through programs like Mother's Club, Learning Electives and Strong Families Institute, mothers are learning how to raise children that will stay out of gangs, and become great parents themselves. Moms learn everything from fun crafts with their kids, to cooking nutritious and inexpensive meals, to budgeting and financial tools, to self-evaluation and self-confidence. MSH has already affected the lives of over a hundred mothers and several hundred children in just three years. The most telling statistic is that several of the graduates of the Strong Families Institure have become mentors for women in following groups.

Review from JustGive

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor changes lives. It is a great place for women to get valuable skills for parenting.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My Safe Harbor has made an important contribution to strengthening families in Anaheim. I have had many students in my ESL class participate in the programs and they find a safe place to learn skills that benefit themselves as well as their children. My Safe Harbor educates mothers over a wide spectrum of relevant topics. This is an organization that has had many successes in equipping women to change their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So great to see all the work MSH is doing in my community. I've seen huge transformations in the lives of single moms.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is great to find an organization that makes a permanent positive change in the lives it influences. My Safe Harbor is an asset to its community and I look forward to continued results. I'm picky about where I give, My Safe Harbor passes the test.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with them since the beginning and am always encouraged to see the change in the families lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredible organization with the big picture in mind!

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.

1 Jose Juan P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The people are what make this non-profit, GreatNonprofits-worthy!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most unique non profits in California. No other agency has this type of tier service delivery that allows clients a range of services. The year long program is affordable, well structured, and life changing for participants. Strong leadership at the top filters down in this agency. Wonderful programming by wonderful people.