Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse

Caring, Compassionate, Community-Focused

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Safe shelter for the homeless

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 100% 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.

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

  • Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse

    Big thanks to Tee See Tee (Tee See Tee ) for their clothing donations to Safe Harbor! We are so grateful for the generosity of our community.

  • Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse

    Spring clean-up day on May 14 Our shelter needs some spring cleaning. Come lend a hand for an hour or two on Saturday May 14, from 9 – 11 am. There are jobs for people of all abilities, both inside the shelter and outdoors. Outside projects include raking and grounds clean-up, so bring gloves and gardening tools. Inside, the kitchen and dormitories will get a deep clean. Many hands make light work so we hope to see you there. To rsvp, contact admin@gtsafeharbor.org

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