• "It is so rewarding to know that the work I do, no matter how small the project, is making a difference in the lives of real people."

    – Abby, Development and Communty Relations Intern

  • “The shelter is a welcoming place where growth is encouraged. The resilience that the women have when they leave is remarkable. As a survivor myself, I love being able to be a part of their journey.”

    – Lu, Shelter Aide Volunteer

  • "The children need a male role model in their lives. As a long-time volunteer, I’ve become someone they can look up to."

    – Ben, Shelter Maintenance Volunteer

  • "Safe Haven has inspired me to have hope for this world."

    – Greg, Former Board President

Volunteer Opportunities

Childcare Providers

SUPERVISED BY:           Family & Youth Advocate
AVAILABLE TIME SLOTS: Tuesdays, 5:30-8pm; Wednesdays, 9:30am-12pm; Thursdays, 5:30-8pm

Position Description

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.

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 women and children fleeing domestic violence; support groups, individual supportive counseling, and advocacy for women and children who do not require shelter; and primary prevention training and outreach for the entire community.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Some experience working with children.

Orientation & Training

  • Several hours of general training are provided, as well as additional training in childcare procedures.

Commitment Required

  • Must be reliable. Confidentiality is a necessity.

Please fill out the volunteer application here. Contact Emily Wetzel at (616) 452-6664 or ewetzel@safehavenministries.org with any questions.