Safe Haven Announces $4M Campaign to Build Enhanced Facility

Safe Haven Ministries is embarking on a $4 million capital campaign, Empower the Journey, to build one comprehensive facility—combining its residential and nonresidential programs— and enhance its ability to meet the needs of domestic violence victims throughout Kent County.

The Grand Rapids nonprofit acquired the land and received zoning approval for the to-be-built 19,000 square-foot facility in October 2016. The new 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 supportive services.

InterActive Studio is serving as the architect for the project, and the construction manager is Rockford Construction Company. Sebastain Foundation, Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation, Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, and Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation are major supporters of the campaign.

“Rates of domestic violence are not increasing, but the demand for service and the breadth of services needed by survivors of domestic violence is,” Executive Director Cindy Sielawa said. “This project is an opportunity for us to implement research and best-practice and build a onesite facility that will allow us to better meet the growing needs of our clients.”

In regards to safety and the move to a non-confidential location, Sielawa said this facility will in fact allow for more safety and protection of clients.

“First and foremost, the privacy and confidentiality of our clients will still be maintained, both through our policies and procedures as well as the infrastructure of our new facility,” Sielawa said. “Additionally, we are able to build a structure utilizing the utmost security and technology designed for this type of agency.”

The new facility will nearly double the bed capacity of its emergency shelter and allow for the development and implementation of new supportive services, including counseling, a healing gardens, and play therapy. The new facility will also allow Safe Haven to continue to grow its Prevention and Education program, giving space for more education and training opportunities. For more information or to get involved, please visit its capital campaign website:

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