How Can You Help

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Safe Haven relies heavily on support from our community. While 65% of our funding comes from state and federal sources, 35% is raised through contributions from United Ways, fundraising events, foundation grants and donations.

A donation of:

  • $600 provides one week of shelter for a mother and her children, including food, clothing, personal items, counseling, advocacy and support groups
  • $400 provides one hour of art therapy for 12 children
  • $150 provides three weeks of support group for 10 women
  • $75 pays for an advocate to support a rape victim in the hospital
  • $50 provides court advocacy for three victims whose partners have been arrested or pays for three presentations to 2nd graders to stop bullying
  • $25 pays for dinner for 8 women and 7 children at the shelter or a birthday party for a shelter child.

Remember Safe Haven in your will.

Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.                                 Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Make Checks payable to:
Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury
P.O. Box 1503
Waterbury, CT 06721

Volunteer Opportunities

Safe Haven realizes the significant contribution of volunteers and welcomes community involvement.

Direct Service

If you wish to work directly with victims, you will need to receive 40 hours of counselor certification training. Training is offered twice a year on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There is a $50 fee for the training. Once you are trained, you may volunteer at the shelter, assist with activities for children, provide crisis intervention for sexual assault victims (sexual assault hotline coverage) or co-facilitate support groups.  Please contact us for the timing of the next volunteer training.

Click here to begin volunteering

Special Events

Volunteers are needed for special events that are held various times throughout the year.


Our golf tournament is held in August. Volunteers are needed to help recruit golfers, Tee sponsor and procure raffle prizes. Volunteers are also needed to help out on the day of the event.

Thrift Shop

The Safe Haven Thrift Shop relies on our volunteers. Volunteers are needed sorting and marking clothing, merchandising and sales. Working in the Thrift Shop offers volunteers the opportunity to meet new friends, get bargains on clothing and household items and help Safe Haven clients.

Board Members

Safe Haven is looking for community members to serve on the Board of Directors. (See link to Board of Directors).

Donate Material Goods

Safe Haven provides food and toiletries for our shelter families. In addition, we assist many of our non-shelter clients with basic necessities to help them gain self sufficiency.

Wish List

Liquid Laundry Detergent
Non-Perishable Food
Disposable Diapers
Cleaning Supplies
Paper Products
New Underwear and Socks for Women and Children
New Sweat Pants and Sweat Shirts
Gift Cards to local Grocery Stores and Drug Stores
Phone Cards

Due to a limited amount of storage space, we do not take used clothing; however, clothing donations are accepted at the Safe Haven Thrift Shop. (See Safe Haven Thrift Shop)

Holiday Donations

We help many families during the Christmas holidays. Groups, businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate items from our holiday Wish List or adopt a family. Donations are also accepted for Easter, Mother's day and Thanksgiving.

Raise Community Awareness


Safe Haven is pleased to provide any organization or business with a speaker who will elaborate on our services and the dynamics of abuse. There is no fee for this service.

Sponsor a Fundraising Event

Community organizations and clubs may wish to create their own fund raising initiative to support our families. Some groups choose us once, while others support us annually. At the end of the group's year, they may donate all or a portion of the money raised to Safe Haven. Safe Haven is happy to speak to any group about the need for their support. Suggested Goal: $1,000 - $5,000 per group.