SAFE HARBOUR INC

aka Safe Harbour   |   Carlisle, PA   |  www.safeharbour.org

Mission

Safe Harbour provides a continuum of housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families in our communities.

Ruling year info

1987

President

Mr. Scott K Shewell

Director of Development and Communications

Ms. Barrie Ann George

Main address

102 W High Street

Carlisle, PA 17013 USA

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EIN

23-2405118

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need for and access to affordable housing was well documented in the 2018 United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County’s Community Needs Assessment, the study also listed access to services designated to reduce and prevent homelessness and shelter services as a some of the Top 10 Community Needs/Issues Identified. In its recommendations, the assessment stated, “there is documented demand via the waiting lists for more services related to housing, homelessness…” The conclusions of the United Way’s study reinforce the continued need for the shelter and supportive services provided by Safe Harbour.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Short-Term Emergency Shelter

The Short-Term Emergency Shelter is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance for eligible homeless individuals and families as they move to independent living. The program provides refuge and care to persons who are in immediate need and have no residence of their own. The facility at James Wilson House opened in July 2003.

Residents may live in the Emergency Shelter 90 days. The shelter is comprised of two separate units, one being five (5) units for single women and the four (4) units for couples and/or individuals with children. The women's shelter is physically separated from the family shelter, with each having their own separate kitchen and bathing facilities. Food for two meals per day per resident is available so that they can make their own meals. Items such as toiletries, clothing, linens and other necessities are available.

Emergency Shelter residents must meet low-income criteria and have a history of residence in Cumberland County. Admission to the shelter is available 24 hours, seven days per week based upon availability of units and no previous discharge from any Safe Harbour program within the previous six months. Entry into the program is on a first come-first served basis. Individuals, families, and agencies must contact Safe Harbour on a daily basis to ascertain occupancy status. All perspective applicants are required to
have a criminal background check through the Carlisle Police Department and to be free of drugs and alcohol prior to acceptance
into the shelter. Security/resident assistant staffing is a component of the facility's operation.

The Emergency Shelter Program's goal is to stabilize the individual/family and develop objectives for residents that will lead to
permanent housing. This is accomplished by utilizing existing health and social service agencies, as well as trained on-site professional staff, to provide clients with an optional rehabilitative plan to increase their basic life skills and prepare them for
self-sufficient and independent living. For those residents that are not prepared to move to independent living within 90 days,
Safe Harbour will transition them into bridge housing (transitional housing) as soon as possible.

Immediately upon intake into the facility, Emergency Shelter residents become involved in Safe Harbour's supportive services program. A case manager assists residents in accessing available community services. By affording residents the ability to stay up to 90 days, the program endeavors to prepare residents for self-sufficiency and help them maintain an independent life style. Supportive services programs are designed is direct and focus the residents' lives so that they do not continue to live from "crisis to crisis." This is accomplished by providing education and counseling to help residents experience healthy, wholesome living, and, ultimately, improvement in the quality of their lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Long-Term Temporary Shelter, located at the James Wilson facility, opened in 1986. The program is designed to make a connection between the emergency shelter and independent living within the community. The 19-unit residential facility(11 single rooms and eight apartments) aids "homeless or potentially homeless" individuals and families by providing housing coupled with individually planned services to develop values and skills for independent and self-sufficient living. Residents are eligible to participate in this temporary housing and supportive living environment for 12 months.

Similar to the emergency shelter program, residents in the Bridge Housing facility must meet low-income criteria. A service plan is developed in partnership with Safe Harbour's client services staff to assist the resident in obtaining permanent housing.

This assistance assists in breaking the cycle of homelessness and help residents increase their emotional and physical stability. Activities for the children of residents are specifically designed to aid in developing healthy and wholesome individuals. In 1993, a parent support program was created to assist parents in developing appropriate and helpful parenting skills. In addition to education and counseling opportunities, recreation and leisure activities are provided to be fun and informative. All activities are focused on directing residents' lives in a manner that will help them to not continue living from "crisis-to-crisis." By providing a safe environment, as well as education and counseling opportunities, Safe Harbour strives to strengthen our residents' emotional stability, life and employment skills, and self-esteem. Ultimately, we endeavor to improve the quality of their lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Permanent Housing-Single Room Occupancy (S.R.O.) is available for single individuals who have successfully completed Safe Harbour's Bridge Housing Program. This program provides U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 rental assistance for permanent residents. Under HUD's Housing Choice Voucher Program, Safe Harbour receives funds over a 10- year period to subsidize rents for homeless individuals who live in single-room housing.

Similar to the Bridge Housing Program, permanent residents work with a case manger who continues providing supportive services to increase their emotional and physical stability. By continuing to provide education and counseling opportunities, the focus remains on directing residents' lives in a manner that will help them to not continue living from "crisis-to-crisis."

Safe Harbour offers Permanent Housing (S.R.O.) at three facilities. Fourteen S.R.O. roomsare available at the Wilson Facility. Five apartments are available at the James Wilson House in downtown Carlisle. At Harbour Place, located on West St. in Carlisle, there are five S.R.O. apartments.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Safe Harbour's provides homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families’ temporary shelter and supportive services while they prepare for independent living in their own permanent housing unit. The temporary shelter is segmented into two levels of care – short-term emergency shelter and long-term temporary housing– based on the housing needs of shelter residents. ALL of these individuals/families, would be homeless as defined by HUD - if not in our community shelter.

The level of care is primarily determined by the subsidized housing voucher (or lack of) available to them through HUD and administered by the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities. Some vouchers are specifically designated, and only available, for individuals/families classified short-term emergency based on criteria established by HUD. Other vouchers are only available for long-term temporary housing residents, based on specific criteria. Length of time a resident must stay in the temporary shelter is determined by availability of vouchers and available affordable permanent housing unit.

Upon intake into the shelter, residents become involved in supportive services. A Case Manager assists residents in developing a "service plan" which helps to direct and focus their life. At this time, a client "need list" is developed through face-to-face consultation. A biological, psychological, and social history is obtained and individual service plan goals and objectives are established. This resident self-reported information is utilized to determination the length and scope of the client needs. The primary focus during the time residents are in the shelter is to address, in much greater depth, the issues that have contributed to the individual's/family 's homelessness. The service plan is therefore, adjusted on a regular basis.

Supportive Housing Programs are defined by HUD as "temporary refuge and care to persons who are in immediate need and are homeless; i.e., have no permanent legal residence, owned, leased, or shared in which they can live safely and healthfully, both night and day, and in which they can meet their social and basic needs in privacy and with dignity." Supportive housing allows individuals and families temporary housing within a supportive living environment while they prepare to live independently. This provides time to "bridge" the gap between temporary shelter and permanent housing.
Safe Harbour is requesting financial assistance from United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County for our emergency shelter and temporary housing program; the only one of its type in Cumberland County. This program provides housing and supportive services designed to create a connection between temporary shelter and permanent housing. The emergency shelter and temporary housing program at the James Wilson facility is available to homeless individuals and families. The assistance offered to residents attempts to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and help them increase their emotional and physical stability with the intent to aid them in finding and just as important maintaining permanent housing.
The issues that put people onto the streets are no different from the issues individuals, friends, families, neighbors, and, perhaps, we all face daily. Safe Harbour residents face economic, educational, physical and mental health, drug and alcohol, and other personal and societal issues that span the entire ranks of society. However, homelessness and poverty are linked; poor people often have difficult choices to make with limited resources to cover all of life's necessities as well as face all of life's obstacles.
The emergency shelter and long-term temporary housing program at the James Wilson facility provides housing and supportive services for residents to gain stability in their lives. Safe Harbour's supportive services are provided to be informative and allow for connection to community services and resources. All activities are focused on guiding the resident's life so they do not continue to live from "crisis-to-crisis." By providing a safe environment, counsel, and instructional opportunities both within our program and through other community agencies, we strive to strengthen our resident's emotional stability, life skills, employment skills, as well as self-esteem; ultimately, we aim to improve the overall quality of their lives.

Outcomes
Outcome Statement: More clients will participate and complete their client service plan
Indicators
# & % of clients who participate in their client service plan Number of Clients Measured 75
Number of Clients Achieving 70
Percent Achieving 93.33
# & % of clients who complete their client service plan Number of Clients Measured 70
Number of Clients Achieving 60
Percent Achieving 85.71

Data Source
Program records/client interviews
Data Collection Method
Review of program records and files

Outcome Statement : Homeless and potentially homeless will be provided shelter and supportive services.
Indicators
# of individuals housed Number of Clients Measured 125
Number of Clients Achieving 125
Percent Achieving 100
# of families housed Number of Clients Measured 30
Number of Clients Achieving 30
Percent Achieving 100
# of children housed Number of Clients Measured 50
Number of Clients Achieving 50
Percent Achieving 100

Data Source
Program Records
Data Collection Method
Review of Program Records

Outcome Statement: Clients will obtain stable housing with no re-entry into program within one year.
Indicators
# & % clients who received housing from the CCHA (sec 8, etc) Number of Clients Measured 75
Number of Clients Achieving 15
Percent Achieving 20

# & % clients who obtain alternative permanent housing (independent rental/ownership/etc) Number of Clients Measured 75
Number of Clients Achieving 25
Percent Achieving 33.33
# & % of clients who re-enter Safe Harbour within on year. Number of Clients Measured 75
Number of Clients Achieving 0

Financials

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SAFE HARBOUR INC

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Paul Edger

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Term: 2021 - 2023

Dorothy Brlansky

Scott Shewell

Safe Harbour

Abby Smith

The Christina Bailey Group

Lisa Leber

First Evangelical Lutheran Church

Michelle Sibert

Cumberland County

Kerrie Truax

RSR Realtors

Jerry Clawson

UPMC Carlisle

Paulo Oliveria

UPMC

Paul Edger

MidPenn Legal Services

George Stroud

Dickinson College

Miriam McMechen

Dickinson College

Jason Crider

Orrstown Bank

Michelle Lisk

Synergy Homecare

Christian Merritt

F&M Trust

Oratio Thomas

PCAR

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data