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Domestic violence agency appoints new executive director

Safe Haven Ministries recently appointed Megan Hopkins as executive director. Hopkins is excited to carry out the agency mission of comprehensively serving families impacted by violence and working throughout West Michigan to build healthier communities.
Newly appointed Safe Haven Executive Director, Megan Hopkins

Newly appointed Safe Haven Executive Director, Megan Hopkins /Courtesy of Safe Haven

About Safe Haven

Safe Haven is a nonprofit organization providing comprehensive domestic violence services throughout West Michigan. In addition to its safe shelter, support groups, and case management, Safe Haven is continually expanding its prevention and education program.

The agency's mission statement is: Motivated by Christ's love, our mission is to end domestic abuse. 

Ending abuse starts with primary prevention. Safe Haven provides an array of training and technical assistance across all sectors, including faith communities, with a special emphasis on high school and middle school populations. Currently, Safe Haven provides healthy relationship education in 14 schools and over 50 classrooms. Last academic year, Safe Haven reached 1,644 students, equipping them with the skills to promote safe and healthy relationships within their own schools and communities. 

To learn more Safe Haven trainings or to schedule a training, please its website: http://safehavenministries.org/resources/request-a-speaker-or-training/

Safe Haven Ministries Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend the role of Executive Director to Megan Hopkins. Hopkins has been serving as Interim Executive Director since May 2017.

In her role, Hopkins will continue to work toward bringing an end to domestic abuse in the greater Grand Rapids community.

The board is grateful for her willing to join the agency permanently, as she has already demonstrated her ability to lead the agency in spectacular ways.

"Megan brings both the commitment and skill set to lead with excellence, integrity and a tenacity to bring an end to domestic abuse,” said board president Angela Burke. “The board could not be more grateful for her willingness to continue serving in a permanent role with Safe Haven.”

Hopkins first became involved with Safe Haven two years ago as a volunteer, supporting its capital campaign. She has also provided professional development and leadership training to Safe Haven staff.

Hopkins has experience with organizational structure and strategic communication, and has worked for over 10 years providing staff development and executive leadership for many individuals and organizations.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve our community in this role with an agency that has been doing impactful work for 27 years,” Hopkins said. “I look forward to not only ultimately preventing cases of domestic abuse, but also to help foster healthier and stronger communities.”

Safe Haven Ministries is a comprehensive domestic violence agency in Grand Rapids that provides emergency shelter, nonresidential support services, and prevention and education for the community.

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