Keeping a promise of compassion
Our guests include adults, over the age of eighteen, who are able to leave drugs and alcohol at the
door in order to provide a safe environment for other guests and volunteers.
• 74% are from Grand Traverse County
• 85% are from the five-county region
• 93% are from the ten counties of northern Michigan
Since 2012, we have seen an 85% increase in bed nights at Safe Harbor. Today
in Traverse City, an estimated 94 people are living on the street. Most have
mental illness, substance abuse issues, or a combination of the two.
Last year, Safe Harbor served 172 different adults who were
experiencing homelessness — the vast majority used our
services for a short time while getting back on their
feet. Safe Harbor provides a vital safety net
for people when they are most vulnerable.
What is the mission of Safe Harbor?
Our Community is Engaged
Besides providing a safe place for those who are cold and hungry, Safe Harbor provides valuable companionship and hope for individuals who desperately need it. Thousands of volunteers cover shifts for check-in, scheduling, meals, clean up, overnight supervision, medication distribution, laundry, transportation, set-up and tear-down. All have been thoroughly trained and are sensitive to issues surrounding homelessness. In addition to these important volunteer services, we will be able to offer even more in a permanent home. Safe Harbor plans to partner with other community agencies to offer case management and housing assistance, mentoring support, counseling services, job training and medical and mental health care. The overall goal is to assist street homeless into permanent or supportive housing.