Executive Director Makes Plans to Leave Safe Harbor After 22 Years of Service

Safe Harbor Voice  |  May 18, 2022

Becky Callaham, Safe Harbor’s Executive Director, will end her 22-year tenure at the organization on May 31, 2022. She began working at Safe Harbor as a Shelter Counselor in 2000. She has served as the Executive Director since 2008.

“During my tenure at Safe Harbor, we have centered the experiences of domestic violence survivors, leveraging opportunities and growing our programs and services to live out our mission,” Callaham reflects. “We have been able to move beyond just providing emergency shelter services by integrating community-based services, transitional housing, primary prevention, outreach, and systems advocacy to respond to the deeper causes of domestic violence. I will always be proud to have led Safe Harbor during this season of critical growth and social change.”

Callaham feels optimistic and hopeful about Safe Harbor’s future as well.

“While my feelings of leaving Safe Harbor are bittersweet, I am hopeful and excited for the future of Safe Harbor. With the inspiration of our survivors, staff and Board of Directors, Safe Harbor is poised to achieve bold goals through innovative services, social and racial justice efforts and community partnerships that will influence a culture where everyone feels safe and valued,” says Callaham.

Callaham’s full farewell letter is available on Safe Harbor’s blog.

Safe Harbor’s Board of Directors and staff leadership team are currently working together on plans for both interim leadership and long-term leadership. An announcement about Safe Harbor’s Interim Executive Director will be shared soon.

Safe Harbor’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers are deeply grateful for Becky’s 22 years of service and wish her the best in her next chapter.

“Becky’s leadership of Safe Harbor is marked by vision, humanity, and perseverance. As individuals serving on the current Board of Directors, we are all here because of the need in our community and our belief in Safe Harbor’s leadership and staff. Under Becky’s tenure, Safe Harbor has served a total of 10,216 adults and children in shelter and community-based counseling and advocacy. Believing we can do even more, Becky has brought Safe Harbor to a new chapter, as we embark on a capital campaign for a new shelter and programs headquarters that will provide these services to even more in our community. Without Becky, Safe Harbor would not be where we are today, and we wish her all the success and happiness in her next chapter,” says Jennifer Gosnell, Board President.

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because...

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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