Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse

Caring, Compassionate, Community-Focused

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Safe Harbor opens October 15

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Seeking groups of six people

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About Safe Harbor

Food, Shelter, Hope

Dedicated to the preservation of the physical health and spiritual welfare of adults experiencing homelessness, a primary goal of Safe Harbor is to offer food, shelter, and hope for our guests.

 

We operate a non-profit, volunteer-run Seasonal Emergency Shelter and a year-round Housing & Human Services Resource Center. As part of the Continuum of Care, we also focus on community partnerships in order to better collaborate on long-term solutions to ending homelessness in our region.

Why Volunteer

Since 2004, thousands of volunteers have given their time and love to help others in their community through Safe Harbor. We operate from November through April to keep those experiencing homelessness safe from the winter elements. The more you learn about our people, our guests and our mission, the more you’ll want to join us.

Donate

Safe Harbor is largely volunteer-operated. This means your donation goes directly to the shelter functions.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Safe Harbor’s effort. Select from a one-time Sponsoring of a Day, a Bed, or Subscribing Monthly. Learn more about our donation process and which items we accept at what time. View some of our most common donation types below.

  • Help Sponsor a Day
    $50
    The overhead to run our shelter program include not only the utilities and facility upkeep, but the often unseen things like insurance and other operational expenses.
  • Sponsor a Bed
    $250
    By sponsoring at this level, you help Safe Harbor cover the costs for one of our 82 nightly shelter spots for an entire season.

Community Partners

Safe Harbor is grateful to our wonderful community of partners, without which our mission would not be possible. Our thanks to the following groups that have provided caring, compassionate hospitality to our guests at Safe Harbor.

Traverse City Police Department
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health
New Hope Community Church
Traverse Health Clinic
St. Patrick Catholic Church
GTC Health Department
Northern Lakes Community Church
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Christ the King Catholic Church
Grace Episcopal Church
Central United Methodist Church
Bayview Church
First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids
Munson Family Practice
Sojourn Church
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA)
Presbyterian Church of Traverse City Michigan
Goodwill Street Outreach
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness
Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing (NMSH)
Food Rescue of Northern Michigan
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Goodwill Inn
Faith Reformed Church
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
West Side Community Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse
Northwest Michigan Healthcare Services (NMHSI)
Goodwill Housing Support
Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
Munson Healthcare
Traverse City Police Department
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health
New Hope Community Church
Traverse Health Clinic
St. Patrick Catholic Church
GTC Health Department
Northern Lakes Community Church
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
Christ the King Catholic Church
Grace Episcopal Church
Central United Methodist Church
Bayview Church
First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids
Munson Family Practice
Sojourn Church
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA)
Presbyterian Church of Traverse City Michigan
Goodwill Street Outreach
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness
Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing (NMSH)
Food Rescue of Northern Michigan
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Goodwill Inn
Faith Reformed Church
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
West Side Community Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse
Northwest Michigan Healthcare Services (NMHSI)
Goodwill Housing Support
Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints
Munson Healthcare
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See What We’re Up To

  • Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse

    Mission statement accomplished ✅ Read about our newly honed mission statement in this month's Safe Harbor Newsletter:https://mailchi.mp/gtsafeharbor/on-the-beat-8127283

  • Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse

    Last night's dinner team was composed of Jubilee House regulars. Since October, Jubilee House has been staying open weekdays until 5:30 pm to give folks a place to shelter from the weather. But it wasn't till yesterday that we extended our partnership to Safe Harbor shifts. We loved the experience and hope to do it again next year!

    Monthly Newsletter