As a faith-based nonprofit, the primary goal of the My Safe Harbor program is to get every woman we meet through the Strong Families Institute (SFI). It is the “cycle-breaker” that brings about the transformational changes that have been so dramatic for the graduates of that program. Many think we are just a parenting program. We are much more.
We believe that strong women will be strong mothers and will help build strong families. But it is more than a few good parenting techniques. It is the transformation of a life – someone believing that they are a valuable, capable, confident, loving child of God responsible for their own personal growth, responsible for the growth of their children, and responsible for affecting their world. As they move to become PTA officers, classroom volunteers and neighborhood leaders and as their children graduate from high school and college, find meaningful employment, and become responsible citizens, the entire neighborhood is affected.
But perhaps the most meaningful outcome is that they have become the primary source of protection and influence in the lives of their own children by shaping their spiritual formation and by building resilience, character, and the ability to thrive and mature. They join the centuries-old pantheon of mothers who change the world by selflessly shaping their children to reach their potential.
Investing in mothers is at the heart of the mission of My Safe Harbor. We do not provide crisis intervention. Instead, we provide a place for the “next step” for mothers who have been tossed by the storms of life and are ready to do the long, hard work of changing their lives and the lives of their children. At MSH, we are literally mothering mothers, many of whom have had little or no access to adequate role models. They struggle with poverty, inadequate life skills, lack of education and resources, and generally low expectations. We have created a culture of care, support, and expectation that is safe and personal and lasting.