Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Karisa Boerman at (616) 452-6664 or kboerman@shmgr.org with any questions.

Organizational Overview

Safe Haven Ministries—a nonprofit organization located in Grand Rapids, Michigan—believes in a multi-faceted approach to serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and preventing domestic violence in our community. Safe Haven offers confidential emergency shelter for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence; support groups, individual supportive counseling, and advocacy for individuals and families who do not require shelter; and primary prevention training and outreach for the entire community.

Childcare Providers

Childcare providers serve the clients of Safe Haven by providing children’s programming while mothers attend support groups. Duties include working with a Safe Haven staff member to maintain general supervision over the children, while facilitating fun and educational activities. This is a great position for anyone who enjoys working with children and wants to learn more about the effects of domestic abuse on children. Some experience working with children required. Must be reliable. Confidentiality is a necessity.

Front Desk

The Front Desk Volunteer is responsible for the maintenance of a safe and welcoming lobby environment at Safe Haven Ministries. Duties include answering general organizational phone calls and taking messages; greeting guests and clients; monitoring the front entrance security system; providing hospitality to guests in the waiting areas; and receiving donations and deliveries. This person must have a strong commitment to confidentiality, possess basic phone and computer skills, and have a welcoming and positive attitude.

Transportation Providers

Transportation providers serve the clients of Safe Haven by transporting clients one day a week to and from appointments in a Safe Haven vehicle. Another opportunity is picking up donations from the office and bring them to the shelter. Transportation providers are required to complete a background check and attend a Domestic Violence Seminar. Time commitment is once per week for up to three hours.

Group Projects

Available for families, Bible studies, mothers’ groups, or other groups to help with yard work, painting, and other tasks needed around the shelter.