Q: Does Safe Harbor work collaboratively with any organizations?
A: We work with many different organizations including The Salvation Army, Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, Grace House, the Women’s Resource Center, Pregnancy Care Center, First Step Domestic Violence, the Continuum of Care, the Interagency Council, Cornerstone Christian Counseling, Catawba Valley Behavioral Health, the Cognitive Connection, and the Adult Mental Health Collaborative.
Q: Does Safe Harbor provide short term housing?
A. Our residential program is an in-depth program, not an emergency shelter. The program has several tracks, and depending on which track they are in, residents may stay from 3 to 12 months. While here, they are expected to participate in our programs which are designed to provide healing from past wounds and help in developing better ways of coping in the future. All of this is undergirded with a strong Christian foundation.
We do, however, offer the New Day Program and programs for women and children who are experiencing homelessness. Our New Day Program is open from 8am until 3:00pm Monday through Friday.
Q: Can we tour the facility?
A: In order to respect the privacy of our residents, we have set aside 2 days per month to conduct tours. On the first and third Thursday of the month we offer a free lunch and tour from 12:00-1:30. Space is limited, so call to reserve your space. (828) 326-7233.
Q: Do you house children?
A: Our residential facility is not set up to house children. However, women with children can attend our New Day Program, and women with children can be housed in our transitional apartments.
Q. Why does Safe Harbor have a “No Smoking” policy?
A. New Day program guests are permitted to smoke in designated, outside areas. However, there are several reasons why our long-term program is for individuals who have made the choice not to smoke: 1) Obvious health reasons; 2) Safe Harbor is a free program and our programs and resources are made possible by donations from the public. We do not feel it is wise nor appropriate use of our resources to provide money for cigarettes for our program participants from our donors; 3) Studies show that individuals who smoke are less successful in maintaining recovery from substance abuse than those who stop smoking; 4) Exposing the other residents and staff to second hand smoke is not acceptable; and 5) The cost of cigarettes and the teaching of solid financial budgeting principles seem counterproductive to us.