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.

What kind of services do you offer?

We offer opportunities for relationship building, enrichment activities, personal growth, and structured classroom instruction that will lead to new resources, relationships, and responsibilities.

Who uses your services?

The majority of our women are referred to us by our many collaborative partners. A typical participant is a single mother struggling with a variety of life skill deficits such as: inadequate education, low income, limited personal discipline, parenting problems, lack of structure for herself and for her children, low self esteem and self confidence.

Who are your collaborative partners?

Our lead agency is Anaheim First Christian Church. However, we are also privileged to partner with Anaheim City Community Services, Orange County Children’s Bureau, Anaheim Harbor Family Resource Center, Anaheim City School District, The RAISE Foundation, Orange County FaCT, Olive Crest, Anaheim Religious Community Council, Anaheim GRIP, Orange County Family Justice Center, Fristers, and Community Service Programs, Inc.

Where do you get your funding?

Presently, we are funded by Anaheim First Christian Church, grants, and personal donations. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation and here to read our most recent annual report.

Do you use volunteers?

Volunteers are our primary personnel and serve in a variety of areas including: receptionists and office help, facilities and maintenance, running Mother’s Club and enrichment elective activities, designing and delivering curriculum, and mentoring. If you’re interested in joining our team of over 150 volunteers, click here!

What programs do you offer?

Mother’s Club
These weekly clubs of 15-20 meet throughout the year and serve mothers from the Anaheim community, providing fun with friends while giving you opportunities for skill-building and learning. Every week you can participate in activities that help you be a better mother and a more confident woman. Activities include crafts, parenting issues, nutrition, healthy food preparation, cooking, and seasonal ideas. There is no cost for participating. There is FREE childcare for children ages 1-4. Learn more here!

Enrichment Electives
These courses last from 2-4 weeks, require more commitment, and provide more thorough information on topics like helping your children to read, first aid, preparing nutritious meals, budget organization, sewing, cooking, crafts with children, improving in math, relationships improvement, and more. These electives are designed to help you be more active and responsible in taking care of yourself, raising your children, and managing your home. Pre-registration is required. Childcare is FREE but also requires pre-registration. Learn more here!

Strong Families Institute
The Strong Families Institute is a 32-week intense transformational experience that provides an ongoing environment for education, inspiration, and personal development. This program is for women who are ready to do the work of improving their own lives and the lives of their children. Learn more here!

Do you offer any services in Spanish?

All of our services are offered in a bilingual environment, though we emphasize the importance of learning and using English.

Are there fees for your services?

All services are currently free or offer scholarships.

Is child care available?

Child care is always available, usually at no extra cost.

Can I bring my children with me?

While no children are allowed in sessions, child care is always available–usually at no extra cost.

Do I have to go to church?

While we are not a church, we do encourage women to understand spiritual formation and we seek to be a bridge that leads them to become active in a faith community.

How do I get to you?

My Safe Harbor is located at 819 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805.

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