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Nonprofit launches $4M fundraising campaign

December 14, 2016
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Safe Haven Ministries domestic violence shelter partial rendering
A partial rendering of the planned "one-site" facility for domestic violence victims. Courtesy Safe Haven Ministries

A nonprofit focused on helping victims of domestic violence is launching a $4-million fundraising campaign.

Safe Haven Ministries in Grand Rapids announced its Empower the Journey campaign today, saying it hopes to raise the funds to build “one comprehensive facility.”

The new 19,000-square-foot facility will allow Safe Haven to combine its residential and non-residential programs and enhance its ability to meet the needs of domestic violence victims throughout Kent County.

The facility will increase Safe Haven’s emergency shelter capacity, improve its trauma-informed services to women and children and provide more space for enhanced community partnerships and support services.

Specifically, Safe Haven said the new facility will nearly double the bed capacity of its emergency shelter and allow for the development and implementation of new support services, including counseling, a healing garden and play therapy.

It will also allow Safe Haven to continue to grow its prevention and education program, providing space for more education and training.

Cindy Sielawa, executive director of Safe Haven Ministries, said while rates of domestic violence are not increasing, the demand for service and the breadth of services needed by survivors of domestic violence is increasing.

“This project is an opportunity for us to implement research and best practices and build a one-site facility that will allow us to better meet the growing needs of our clients,” Sielawa said.

The facility will cost $3 million to build, and $1 million will be used for expanded programs.

Safe Haven Ministries acquired the land and received zoning approval for the new facility in October.

InterActive Studio is serving as the architect for the project, and the construction manager is Rockford Construction.

The Sebastian Foundation, Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation, Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation and Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation are major supporters of the campaign.

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