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About Us

Safe Harbor is a 24/7 residential and faith-based program that empowers women toward healing and equips them with life skills for quality living.


“When people return to old places and old acquaintances, they most likely return to old ways of living. Safe Harbor offers the hope of new beginnings, a safe place of new choices for successful living.”  –Shelley Lopez, Executive Director, Nehemiah Foundation, Springfield OH, and Founder of CitiLookout Counseling Services, Springfield OH

Located in the heart of Springfield, Ohio, Safe Harbor currently consists of four homes – Safe Harbor House (focusing on trauma treatment), The Lighthouse (focused on transition and support), and two Alumni Homes (for women and their families who have completed the 1-year program and would like to stay connected to the community through independent living and support). We desire to provide a safe place for women who find themselves at the intersection of substance abuse and various kinds of trauma, including:

  • Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Prostitution/Trafficking
  • Homelessness

The complexity of the issues facing the women at Safe Harbor necessitates an approach that deals with these challenges from every possible angle.

The History of Safe Harbor House

Safe Harbor House was started as the first initiative of SiFi Ministry, Inc. Joy Fagan had been teaching women’s ministry classes at a local Christian university for 15 years when she volunteered to become a chaplain at the Clark County Jail. Hearing the stories of women whose lives had been shattered by various traumatic events, as well as by drug and alcohol abuse, she was moved to begin a home where these women could experience healing and be equipped to become contributing members of their community. The board of directors began meeting in 2009 and the first participants were accepted in January of 2012.

Board of Directors

Joy Fagan, Ph.D.
Founder and President

G. Scott Humphrey
Board Chair - Director of Wenner Bread Company, Columbus, OH

Sidney Williams, Esq.
Vice Chair - Director of Pre-Law and Pre-Professional Graduate Programs and Special Initiatives, Central State University

Charles Clark
Secretary - Professor of Chemistry, Retired
Brian Lofthouse
Valerie Walker, CPA
Senior Accountant and Auditor, Taylor, Applegate, Hughes & Associates, LTD
Staff Members

Amy Willmann
Director of Development & Community Outreach

Janna Carrier
Programming Coordinator

Linda Mortensen
Social Services Coordinator

Leah Severt
Recovery Services Coordinator

Nora Chasnov, RN, BSN
Medical Coordinator

Ashley Harris
Coaching Coordinator

Sheila Clarkson
Transition Year Coach

Rachel Legg
Grant Manager

Carin Metsger
Development Associate

Michele Willeford
Night Shift Leader

Chelsea Ison
Night Shift Leader

Kristi Hutchinson
Night Shift Leader

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Interested In Joining Our Team?

We would love to hear from you!

E-mail your resume and letter of interest to Amy@safeharborhouse.org. We do not currently have any employment openings, but please check back later as new opportunities will be posted to this page. Thank you! Click on the link to download an employment application for Safe Harbor: Application for Employment


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Friends To Follow

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Safe Harbor can only do a small part in the work of restoring justice and healing brokenness. You also can only do a part. But that part is significant, and it is worth doing. Check out the exciting things that these co-laborers of ours are up to.

Abolition Ohio

Be Free Dayton

Darlene Bishop Home for Life

Destiny Rescue

DOMA International

Nicole Bromley

Nehemiah Foundation

Peace on Fifth

Roosevelt Coffee Shop

Salvation Army of Central Ohio

Thistle Farms

Traffick Free

Women at Risk International

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Top 10

Top 10 Books
  1. Pursuing Justice, by Ken Wytsma
  2. Find Your Way Home, by the Women of Magdalene
  3. When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
  4. Addiction and Grace, by Gerald May, M.D.
  5. The Just Church, by Jim Martin
  6. Shock Waves, by Cynthia Orange
  7. Hush, by Nicole Braddock Bromley
  8. Expecting to See Jesus, by Anne Graham Lotz
  9. The White Umbrella, by Mary Frances Bowley
  10. Theirs is the Kingdom, by Robert T. Lupton
Top 10 Action Items

1. Educate

  • Yourself and others on the signs of human trafficking (Polaris Project is one good resource among many!)
  • Your small group, business, or church on the ministry of Safe Harbor. E-mail Amy@safeharborhouse.org if interested in scheduling a speaking engagement.

2. Report

3. Refer

  • A friend or loved one who you think could benefit from our services, by e-mailing Rebecca@safeharborhouse.org, or calling us at 937-717-5908

4. Attend

5. Shop

  • At Fair Trade certified stores, like Fair Trade Winds, Un Mundo Cafe, and Peace on Fifth
  • Our Walmart Wish List (walmart.com → First Name: Safe, Last Name: House) smile.amazon.com and support SiFi Ministry

6. Pray

  • For our past, current, and future residents, as well as our graduates
  • For our staff and board members
  • For women still in need of freedom from addiction, abuse, trafficking, or other forms of bondage
  • For the families and children of our residents
  • For the funds for Safe Harbor to remain a sustainable ministry for the long-haul
  • Sign up for our prayer updates by e-mailing Joy@safeharborhouse.org
  • Join a prayer TEAM by e-mailing Amy@safeharborhouse.org

7. Read

  • This insightful article on the link between prostitution and sex trafficking, highlighting Columbus’s own Judge Paul Herbert (www.christianitytoday.com)
  • Any of our “Top 10 Books”
  • Our blog and newsletter

8. Volunteer

  • Your time and resources on a regular basis, or as you are able. For more information on how to get involved, click here

9. Donate

  • Frequently needed items, such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, shampoo and conditioner, etc.
  • Your time to come and cook a meal at the house, teach a class, or drive the women to an event
  • Your financial resources to help sustain the long-term ministry of Safe Harbor

10. Create your own action item!