Hickory – Safe Harbor, a Christian-centered 501(c)(3) organization that services at risk women in Hickory, NC, announces plans to build the Chloe Waldrop Taylor Renewal Center. This $1.9 million project will enhance and provide an extension of critical services for the women and children of Catawba County. While $1.2 million has already been committed, the “Building a Solid Foundation” Capital Campaign has been launched in hopes of raising community support for the balance needed to fund construction of this 10,000 square-foot facility. This new addition to Safe Harbor’s mission umbrella will increase capacity for a broader range of women.

“This community is a very generous community. I stand amazed at what has happened since one loyal donor stepped up and said that he felt led by God to help Safe Harbor build a new building. Very soon the money was donated to buy the land around our current Safe Harbor property, and folks are demonstrating their belief in the vision with their donations. While generous financial pledges have been received much more is needed to reach our goal!” Vicki Murray, Safe Harbor Executive Director.

In addition to the New Day Program offering services to women and children during the day, the new Chloe Waldrop Taylor Renewal Center will be used in the evening as a Coed Recovery Community Center offering peer groups, parent education nights, sober living activities, and an onsite recovery services. A support navigator will be hired to enable the center to easily offer accessible assistance and connections to local and regional recovery treatment and support options.

“A large net of women is currently being canvassed through a community organization survey. We’re reaching out through DSS, the Housing authority, Pregnancy Care Center, senior centers, WPCOG, churches, and even Facebook to learn the needs of women and children from all walks of life as we plan an array of services. We are anxious to have the space to collaborate with other age

ncies that serve at-risk individuals, and we want to form a stronger safety net with fewer ‘cracks’ through which our most vulnerable friends often fall.” Debbie Haynes, Safe Harbor Founder/Program Director.

This three-year capital campaign is structured so that the community can contribute to one or more specific target areas of their choice through naming and recognition opportunities. Safe Harbor relies on the kindness of individual donors, businesses, churches and foundations to meet budget responsibilities.

Austin Pierce, Executive Director of Hickory Soup Kitchens, also commented, “Safe Harbor has the best model for success helping women gain self-sufficiency, through long-term personal investment into the individuals. HSK is grateful to partner with them and their pursuit to change people’s lives.”

For more information about this project or if you wish to donate, pleases visit www.shcampaign.org

About Safe Harbor: A Christian-centered 501(c)(3) organization, Safe Harbor has been offering services to help women in the Hickory, NC, area rebuild their lives since 2006. Services offered help women restore their confidence and renew their sense of purpose through immediate and long-term programs of faith-based support, skills education and personal empowerment.

A non-profit, non-denominational human service organization, Safe Harbor offers a safety net to women and children who are hurting, homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless as well as those struggling with substance use disorder or emotional brokenness.