Volunteer Opportunities

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

Residential Aide

Residential Aide volunteers serve clients in the residential program at Safe Haven. Volunteer duties for this position include working the security/intercom system, managing the check-in office, interacting with residents, and answering hotline calls. This is a great position for anyone considering entering the helping profession or would like to learn more about working in the field of domestic violence. Training is provided for all volunteers interested in serving in this position. Confidentiality and reliability are vital to this volunteer opportunity.

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.

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.

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.