Safe Haven reaches $475,000 goal

Shelter successfully ends capital campaign

Safe Haven’s $425,000 fundraising goal has been reached, Executive Director Stacey Cicero has announced.

“We are very thankful to the community for supporting us,” Cicero said Friday. “We count on the support we get, we rely on volunteers, donations and individual contributions to serve the people we do.”

Safe Haven is a 24-hour domestic abuse shelter at 380 N. Lakeland Road, Shawano. The goal represents the end of a $425,000 capital campaign that began in September 2017. Most of the funds were used to expand and improve bedrooms and support services at the shelter in Shawano.

Safe Haven had reached 97 percent of its goal — all but $13,000 — late last year, Cicero had reported. The latest donations will allow completion of some of the smaller parts of the project, including new mattresses throughout the shelter, furniture updates for all the bedrooms, a play area for children and new security doors.

A combination of grants and individual donations pushed the capital campaign over the goals, she said. Board member Scott Parson applied for a grant through Thrivent; Parson and others pledged to meet the remainder of the goal.

She said Safe Haven staff have been busy selecting the items to purchase once the final amount was raised. She said they aren’t looking at any big fundraising project in the future, though they hope to get grants for a few small projects.

As with any house, there are always improvement projects pending. A paved parking area around the garage would be nice to have, but wasn’t included in the capital campaign, Cicero said.

“It would be great for overflow parking, but that is something for the future,” she said. “We are not looking at another capital campaign.”