Safe Haven Light is now open to house children who are left homeless through no fault of their own.
Safe Haven Light operates under the umbrella of We Care Community Services, Dayton. Its residents come by direct referral -- some from the courts and others from child care organizations or institutions which are responsible for their custody. In its “Safe Zone” environment, residents may stay two days to two weeks while permanent placement is found.
Safe Haven Light, at 540 Cemetery Road in Spring City, took in its first resident Nov. 22.
Directors Randy and Tricia Schmittendorf readied the home in advance by acquiring and arranging furniture, adding doors, painting walls and stocking kitchen cabinets with groceries for the children. The children typically will come to Safe Haven Light after officials determine their parents are unable or unwilling to provide them with safe, clean housing.
Dr. Walter Ring, the president of We Care, said the facility was made possible only after thousands of dollars in contributions and four years of volunteer help to make sure the program met state regulations.
Now the facility must find a way to operate throughout the year.
“If we could receive $30 a month from 500 donors we could fund our $150,000 annual budget,” Dr. Ring said. “Children must depend on adults to support them and we must turn to our community to meet this need.”
If you are interested in supporting this ongoing need, donations may be made out to We Care, P.O. Box 307, Dayton, Tn. 37321. Please include SHL on the memo line of your check. Donations are tax deductible.