Safe Harbor, a shelter founded in 1991 in Calvert County for victims of domestic violence, is administered by the Calvert County Health Department, under the supervision of the Crisis Intervention Center. Since the shelter opened it has served oved 2,000 women and their minor children with temporary housing, counseling services, and referrals to mainstream resources. In FY 2018, Safe Harbor provided 3,055 bed nights for 27 women and 38 children.
The shelter served more clients in FY 2018 but they had shorter stays, because new full-time case manager assisted with their transition to more permanent housing. Of the 27 women served, 20 exited into permanent housing—an increase over recent years. FY 2018 marked higher numbers of clients in “crisis/danger,” which necessitated them being moved safely to locations in other counties.
The shelter is 100% free and people can stay as long as they need to, usually six months maximum. 85% of all domestic violence victims are women, who are abused by their husbands or boyfriends. Teenaged, pregnant and disabled women are especially at risk. Nearly 1in 4 women and just over 1 in 10 men in the United States report experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or dating partner at some point in their life.
During the past 25 years, the Safe Harbor Shelter has been supported by Safe Harbor, Inc, its non-profit Board of Directors, whose advocacy and fund raising have provided furnishings and non-budgeted client items such as prescription medications, legal fees, shoes, and clothing for shelter residents, The Safe Harbor Board appreciates the Calvert County community for its generous and unwavering support over the years.
On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Safe Harbor Board of Directors presented a check to the Calvert Board of County Commissioners for $15,000.
To donate to Safe Harbor, please visit http://www.calverthealth.org/personalhealth/crisisintervention/donate.htm
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon