Volunteer Opportunities

We are so excited that you are interested in volunteering at Safe Haven. Volunteers play an important role at our organization.

Because volunteers serve at our office and within shelter, interacting directly with our clients, there is a rigorous training and onboarding process for all volunteers. We do this to help support you in your role and to ensure we always deliver trauma-informed and client-centered services to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Volunteers are required to complete Domestic Violence Seminar (3 hours) and New Entry Training (6 hours) before they are able to start their position as a volunteer. You can see the upcoming dates for this training here. Note: you don’t need to sign up for these trainings until after you go through the interview process. We just want to give you a heads up on the dates to ensure it works with your schedule.

Questions? Contact Jessica Payne at (616) 452-6664 or jpayne@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.

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.

Apply to volunteer at one of the many different positions at Save Haven Ministries!