Thank You, Volunteers!

Safe Harbor Voice  |  April 25, 2023
Thank You, Volunteers!

April is National Volunteer Month! We want to celebrate some of our amazing volunteers and volunteer groups. We asked staff to share volunteers that make an impact in their work and our services to survivors. We would like to highlight some of the individuals and groups who share their time and skills for Safe Harbor’s mission and vision.


Vickie Neff, Anderson Family Advocate, shares:

  • Lisa Butler- District 5 Anderson School Homeless Liaison, for continued help of moms and kids in clothing and school supplies as well as special needs of Anderson Shelter. Last year she purchased a laptop for the shelter clients to complete applications etc.
  • Denise Loggins, Missions Pastor, and the continued partnership of Rejuvenate Church in Anderson as a whole, through their Discover Center in supplying emergency clothing as well as clothing for interviews, etc, and for making available spaces to meet community partners.
  • St Johns Clothing Closet through the St Johns United Methodist Church supplies emergency clothing and sets up clients to be able to aid them with clothing 1 x a month


Caroline Wendzel, Intake coordinator, shares:

“This Volunteer Celebration Month, we would like to shout out our Spring 2023 Help Line team. The Help Line team is comprised of college interns and community volunteers;; these individuals staff our 24/7/365 Crisis Help Line, assessing callers’ eligibility for Safe Harbor’s services while also providing referrals, emotional support, and safety planning. We are so appreciative of the time, energy, and passion each person has poured into their role; their contributions have been vital to connecting survivors to the services they need.”

  • Bella Dickenson, Iris Fiedler, Nichole Henderson, Ajiliyah Parks, and Hannah Cathey – Help Line Interns
  • Donna Wexler, Kathy Esterquest Miller, and Liz Kilborn. – Help Line volunteers


Brandi Davis, Facilities Coordinator, shares:

Shelter Volunteer Groups - January- Mid-April 2023:These groups have completed projects such as: general repairs, painting, cleaning, organization, yard clean-up, and more. We depend on volunteers (groups or individuals) to assist our staff in maintaining our homes for the clients we serve to ensure they have a safe, peaceful, and comfortable environment. As they begin to heal and plan for the next chapter in their lives. We are so very grateful for the community support.”

  • Clemson University- Day of Service
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. - Greenville Chapter
  • 9Rounds
  • Furman University- Day of Service
  • NewSpring
  • Verion Bold
  • Greenville Tech
  • Verizon Consumer Group
  • Clemson University- Tigers Serve Day
  • Thrift Construction Co.
  • University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
  • First Baptist/ Upstate Church Simpsonville
  • Ashley Smith and Family


Katie Rockwell, Manager of Safe Harbor Resale Shop & Warehouse, shares:

  • Debbie George - Resale shop Volunteer, who has been coming in 2 days a week to help with processing for over a year now. She has been a huge help at the shop, and an incredible worker!


Jessica Bilcliff, Annual Fund & Database Manager, shares:

  • George Topka - a long-time volunteer with Safe Harbor – going on 15 years! He volunteers weekly with our fund development team, addressing and mailing acknowledgment letters to our generous donors. We are grateful to George for the time he gives weekly, and for the many laughs, smiles and stories shared, too!


These are just a few highlights of the many individuals and groups who give so generously of their time and talents by volunteering at safe Harbor. THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers, interns, and volunteer groups. We could not do it without your hard work, dedication, and passion for helping others.


Interested in volunteering or interning with Safe Harbor? Learn more about opportunities and apply to become a volunteer at


I am a survivor of domestic violence.

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I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“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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