Join Safe Haven Ministries on Saturday, May 9th for the Fifth Third River Bank Run as we unite for women who have run, are running, or will run from domestic violence.

Jenny’s Story

Jennifer (Jenny) Heeren was a 29-year old Grand Rapids resident who lost her life to domestic violence. On July 7, 2011, just three days after she fled her abusive husband, Rodrick Dantzler, Dantzler shot and killed Jenny, their daughter, Kamrie, Jennifer’s parents, Tom and Rebecca, and three other individuals.

Following this tragic event, the family of the Heerens chose Safe Haven Ministries as a recipient of memorial donations, and expressed their desire to help end the epidemic of domestic violence in our community.

As part of that desire, the Heeren family partnered with Safe Haven Ministries, and in May of 2012,  began the first Running for Jenny team.

Continuing the tradition, family, friends, and community members unite annually as the Running for Jenny team, and participate in the River Bank Run in an effort to raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence.

Our Story

Every year, thousands of women and children run for help to flee abuse in their homes. And every day, three women are murdered attempting that run.

Jenny Heeren was one of those courageous women. On July 7, 2011, Jenny, her daughter, Kamrie, and her parents, Tom and Becky, were murdered at the hands of Jenny’s abusive husband.

For this reason, Safe Haven Ministries is committed to running.

Each year, Safe Haven runners and walkers will unite as team “Running for Jenny” in the Fifth Third River Bank Run.

We run not only to remember Jenny, but to join in solidarity for women who, like Jenny, have run, are running, and will run.

Safe Haven is grateful for and humbled by the Heeren family’s support of Running for Jenny, as well as their ongoing partnership in the fight against domestic violence.

This year marks the fourth-annual Running for Jenny team, and we are excited by the continual growth of our team. Together, we are able to take a stand against domestic violence and continue to honor Jenny and all those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic abuse.

Join the Running for Jenny Team

  • Register for the Fifth Third River Bank Run

    All participants must register with Fifth Third River Bank Run IN ADDITION to registering with Safe Haven. NOTE: using this unique URL will give you a $3 discount when you register.

  • Create a FirstGiving Fundraising Page

    The Running for Jenny FirstGiving fundraising page is the only online website where your donations go directly to the women and children Safe Haven serves. As a reminder, Safe Haven is not a charity sponsor of the Fifth Third River Bank Run, meaning any money donated or raised through the River Bank Run website does NOT go to Safe Haven.

Become a Running for Jenny Team Sponsor!