A Case For Support

Safe Harbor seeks to provide a Christ-centered community for rebuilding, renewing and recovery. A non-denominational Christian nonprofit and human service ministry, Safe Harbor outreach serves as a safety net to women and children who are hurting, homeless or at risk of homelessness and suffering from addiction. While operating within an evangelical framework, the ministry serves everyone regardless of spiritual decisions.

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Plans for the New Building

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A Quick Summary

We are in desperate need of additional space for our current programs, and a permanent facility to house our administrative offices and donation storage. A new building will allow us to house all of this under one roof, as well as expand our programs to serve many more women in need.

Safe Harbor proposes to erect a new 10,000 sf women’s ministry center behind the existing residential facility on land that was purchased and donated to Safe Harbor.  This building will provide the needed space for our New Day Program with class rooms, counseling rooms, children’s space, showers, a laundry room, a learning center, a computer lab and an intimate chapel.  It will house a training complex for the community and will provide a new space for Safe Harbor’s administrative offices.

This building will allow us to serve more women on the fringes of poverty through the New Day Program.  With this space, we can share our classes with partnering agencies, i.e. Women’s Resource Center, Department of Social Services, Battered Women’s Shelter, etc.  The number of visits to our New Day program has increased by 115% since 2010 and we must increase the space to meet the growing need.

Also, the new ministry center will provide space for a “non-residential” recovery program. While there are a few outpatient treatment centers in Hickory, none are faith-based and most offer medicated assistance for recovery.  Because of our holistic treatment approach; physical, emotional and spiritual, Safe Harbor has experienced exceptional success with our Whole Woman recovery graduates. (70% in recovery one year after graduation) We will partner with other agencies to help women that have a desire to phase out of medicated assistance for recovery.  This building will be used to create a faith-based “recovery community” with the space used during the day and evening.

With the vacated space in the former New Day Center, we will have the option of short-term transition beds for women most in need, such as, seniors that are experiencing homelessness.

Because Safe Harbor’s Board avoids the use of debt in launching new ministry facilities, a capital campaign will fund the cost of construction, furnishings and a supplement to the initial cost of programming.  Costs for the campaign are as follows:

Building Cost$ 1,560,000
Increased Operating Expenses: 
1st Year$100,000
2nd Year$75,000
3rd Year$50,000
Total Capital Project Costs: $1,943,000

To date, $1,506,601 has been committed thus far to this campaign.  The public phase of the campaign will begin when ¾ of the funds have been raised. We’re committed to putting every dollar raised to good use. If we raise more than our goal, or if there are cost savings during construction, any surplus will go toward an endowment to help fund future operating expenses of Safe Harbor.

Safe Harbor is respected, and community support should grow rapidly to cover the added long-term salary costs.  Would you prayerfully consider investing in this great cause and help to continue the revitalization of the downtown Hickory area?