Tuesday, December 8, 2015, Portsmouth, NH- Emerging as the largest violence prevention and support service agency in New Hampshire, HAVEN, formerly known as A Safe Place and SASS continues to be met with community support as it strives to make Southeastern New Hampshire a safer and healthier place to live.
Since moving the main office of HAVEN to Pease International Tradeport, numerous individuals, businesses and groups have reached out to welcome and support the agency. Political officials, community partners and groups like the Seacoast Women After Work have already toured HAVEN’s main facility.
The Tenants Association of Pease (TAP) announced HAVEN as the annual Charitable Giving Breakfast recipient that took place on December 8, 2015 at Café Arboretum. The Seacoast Women’s Network also selected HAVEN as the beneficiary of their annual Member Holiday Party on December 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Hotel.
Companies such as Timberland, Liberty Mutual and Bank W. Holdings have all participated in a day of volunteer service that included fall cleanup and painting projects at HAVEN’s emergency shelter.
Board Chair, Andrea Lewy said, “The success of our agency cannot be accomplished without the support of individual donors and our community partners. HAVEN is so fortunate and grateful to all that give generously of their time and financial support so that we are able to continue working towards our goal of Ending Violence and Changing Lives.”
With a budget of 1.3 million, HAVEN relies on community partners, sponsorships, donations and fundraising events to support its programs and services.
From June 30, 2014 to July 1, 2015, the agency provided free and confidential support services to over 3000 individuals and families in client services and shelter programs and reached over 11,000 children, parents and teachers with critical information about safety and awareness through the Safe Kids Strong Teens prevention education program.
The support services of HAVEN include a 24-hour confidential hotline 1-603-994-SAFE (7233) as well as accompaniments to area hospitals, police stations, Child Advocacy Centers and courts. Trained advocates provide judgment-free emotional support and information on options, safety planning, protective orders, emergency shelter, therapist referrals and support groups.
HAVEN is dedicated to addressing public health through violence prevention. The Safe Kids Strong Teens, K-12 prevention education program of HAVEN is presented in schools throughout Rockingham and Strafford Counties with the goal to protect children from sexual abuse, bullying, sexual harassment and teen dating violence.
There are many ways to get involved and support HAVEN. In November, Nimble Creative Group launched a new website for the agency at www.havennh.org designed to give visitors easier access to support services, resources and information on volunteer opportunities, corporate giving and donations.
The main office of HAVEN is located at 20 International Drive, suite 300, Portsmouth, NH. Additional offices providing confidential support services are located in Rochester and Salem. For questions about the programs and services of HAVEN, please contact the main office 603-436-4107.