Serving ALL Individuals

About Us

We value the inclusion of all survivors. Through education, empowerment, and community collaboration, we believe all individuals have a right to a healthy relationship.

Our Mission

Following Christ’s example and motivated by our community needs, our mission is to prevent and end relationship abuse. 

Our Vision

We value the inclusion of all survivors. Through education, empowerment and community collaboration, we believe all individuals have a right to a healthy relationship.

Our Values

Safe Haven Ministries’ residential and non-residential services are available to individuals and families who have experienced or who are experiencing domestic abuse, human trafficking, and exploitation.

We serve all individuals equally regardless of age, race, religious belief, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.

We are survivor centered – we empower and support each individual wherever they are in their healing journey. 

We thoughtfully value and serve each individual and strive to create a safe haven for all.

While rooted in our Christian foundation, we respect the beliefs and dignity of all individuals.
We believe in securing unique and qualified talent committed to excellence.
We steward the relationships and resources entrusted to us to maximize our effectiveness and community impact.
We address the root causes that contribute to intimate partner violence to create sustainable change.

By changing attitudes, behaviors, and policies that contribute to relationship abuse, we can prevent violence before it begins.

Safety is a basic human right and the foundation of an individual’s ability to thrive.

We collaborate with community partners to reduce barriers and meet the needs of those we serve.

Our Impact

Empowering Clients

We empower clients by providing choices, empowering them to make their own decisions, and by providing support along their journey of healing.

Domestic Violence & Faith

We are nationally recognized for our unique ability to address issues of faith and their intersection with domestic abuse.

Prevention Through Education

We help employers, faith communities, schools, and other agencies create a culture of abuse prevention through training and resources.

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supported

Served through crisis and support services in 2021.

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households

Served in emergency safe shelter in 2021.

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individuals

Reached in prevention initiatives in 2021.

Our Leadership Team

Rachel VerWys, MSW
Executive Director 

Holly Wilson, LMSW
Director of Client Services

Tara Aday, MPA
Director of Advocacy & Innovation

Renee Rivard
Director of Development

Zenaida Jimenez
Director of Housing Services

Tony Tendero, EdD
Fellow in Residence

Board of Directors 

Chaz Amidon
President
Palladian West, LLC.

Shannon Vinson
Vice President
D.R.I.V.E. Challenge Consultant Firm, LLC

Danica deWaha
Treasurer
Whirlpool Corporation

Mike Wiese
Secretary
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Malieka Brown
Grand Rapids Public Schools

Esperanza Degnan
Acrisure, LLC

Joan DeVries
Community Member

Thelma Ensink
Degage Ministries

Mike Rundhaug
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Allie Walker
Truscott Rossman

Safe Haven Staff
Safe Haven Staff, Fall 2021