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Safe Harbor of Greater West Chester is a non-profit charitable organization, whose mission is to provide shelter, food, counseling and recovery opportunities in a structured environment to homeless men and women in Chester County.
Responding to a request from the County Commissioners, individuals and representatives from local churches and agencies formed a task force to assess the needs of the homeless population of Chester County. In December 1992, Safe Harbor opened its doors to the homeless for the first time relying on the generosity of many volunteers and utilizing facilities offered by local churches, a government building, the Salvation Army and West Chester University. Safe Harbor opened at its current location on December 22, 1995 just in time for the blizzard in early January, 1996!
Since its inception, Safe Harbor has provided shelter, meals, friendship and support for many who otherwise have little or no support resources of which to rely.
Safe Harbor's goal goes beyond just feeding the homeless and providing shelter. We seek to understand each person's background, define short-term action plans designed to address their problems and needs and monitor their progress.
Our goal is to help rebuild lives and life skills, reestablish self-esteem and help people overcome the issues that prevent them from leading independent, productive lives.
- Patty Sobecki
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