Safe Haven – Domestic Abuse Shelter of Shawano County

Mission: To encourage a safe community, free of physical and sexual violence and emotional abuse, through shelter, caring, advocacy and education.

Vision: To be a catalyst for change and to break the cycle of violence so individual or families can become healthy, self sufficient and independent.

Who We Serve

Safe Haven is committed to serving the needs of all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including those from diverse populations. Staff and volunteers undergo extensive training to assist women, children and men with specialized needs. Safe Haven does not refuse services to anyone based on area of residence, but our primary service area is Shawano County. Safe Haven collaborates with similar programs including the programs with the Stockbridge Munsee and Menominee Tribes.

The emergency shelter is an eight bedroom, 26 bed facility that provides victims of domestic violence and sexual assault a safe place to review options and reflect on their goals. The shelter provides for all the victim’s needs, including food, hygiene products, and all household needs. All services are provided free of charge. The shelter is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year. Staff is available at all hours to assist residents and answer the crisis lines.

As an active community leader, Safe Haven offers training and education on domestic violence and sexual assault to various groups, workplaces, faith communities and organizations. Through Prevention Education, Advocates work within the schools to bring an anti-violence message to students and staff alike.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Front Desk/Crisis Lines Receptionist: Answer phones, greet visitors and assist residents; flexible hours. Due to the additional training, this volunteer position is a 6 month commitment. We prefer this position be a 2-3 hour shift one day a week.

Childcare Provider: This would be providing childcare for the children too young to benefit from group participation. It would be supervising the children while the Children’s Advocate facilitates group with the older children.

Client Transportation: Drive residents to area appointments. A 24 hour notice by the client is required to ensure the volunteer has notice of this volunteer opportunity. Longer trips may include mileage compensation.

Donation Assistant: Sort donations and stock the clothing closet. Keep clothing area organized and prepare furniture for client give-a-way. Vacuum furniture and wash down the furnishings to ready for clients.

Maintenance/General Laborer: Do yard work, shelter maintenance, painting, handyman projects, scheduled cleaning of appliances, etc.

Mover: Assist with moving donated furniture to shelter or moving furniture for residents when they are leaving shelter and moving into their new homes. This often times can be a huge burden for the client that does not have family in the area. Trucks and vans or trailers are always helpful to the clients.