Safe Harbor is our community’s home for children in need of a safe, loving environment; a place where they are treated like family. We offer shelter, aid, counsel and comfort.
Have you heard? We have a new program! Our STRIVE Transitional Living Program fills a void in services for a very large portion of southeast Georgia: young homeless girls, ages 16 to 22. Our welcoming group home, located in our Hamer House location on Atlanta Avenue, has four beds and supportive services with the goal of getting these girls off the streets. By helping them build permanent connections with caring adults, our hope is that they will become productive members of society. Our Transitional Living Program assists female clients for up to18 months which allows them to develop skills leading to self-sufficiency and independence while providing a safe living environment. As the girls move up through this program, they will transition from Hamer House to apartments where staff will do check-ins and assist as needed.
Meet Dr. Laura Ridings, Program Director for our Transitional Living Program, Strive. Laura moved here from Colorado to teach at Georgia Southern University. After meeting her husband, she made Brunswick her home. She is thrilled to be at Safe Harbor where she can combine all of her skills and experiences into a position that benefits our community.

What's the best part of your job? There are two best parts. First is being part of the Safe Harbor family. I've felt very supported by the great staff. Second is bringing a needed service to the area that makes a difference in individual lives. I never take for granted the feeling of belonging and doing something that really matters. 
What's the hardest part of your job?   The hardest part is realizing the hardships and trauma that our residents have endured, but I try to focus on their strengths and perseverance.
Where can we find you when you are not at work?  Traveling with my new husband. We are enjoying the empty nest life and love to experience new activities, cultures, music and food!
What is your hidden talent?   Event planning is what I enjoy, right down to the last detail. Throwing a big event once a year keeps my creative side going. Last year, it was my wedding.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?  Professionally, it would be earning my Ph.D. in Special Education. It was a long eight years and a challenge at times to keep going.
What is your most treasured possession?  Aside from my children, my special possession is a collection of family heirlooms and photos, dating many generations back, that my father spent years gathering.
What do you value most about your co-workers? I value their dedication and commitment to their clients and each other.
Who is your hero? My mother. She was a strong and wonderful woman who knew how to love people unconditionally and had the ability to be incredibly whimsical and laugh at herself.
Where is your dream vacation spot?  I love to travel so it's hard to pick one spot; I'm happy diving in the Caribbean or soaking in history in the castles of Scotland.
What is the motto that you try to live by?
“Success in not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful. ” - Albert Schweitzer
What is your current wish/hope for Strive?  That STRIVE will be one piece to the puzzle to decrease rates of abuse against young women and teen pregnancy while adding strong, independent women to our community.
In April, our Safe Harbor youth played a game of basketball against our Street Beat youth. They had a blast! Tomorrow, the boys will become one team, the Safe Harbor Sailors and will play against local law enforcement in the Kids Vs. Cops Basketball Tournament. The event, held at 5:30 at the Risley Annex Gym, is open to the public (admission is a can of food benefitting our Street Outreach program). We hope to see you there!
We are proud to have been awarded the Clean Sweep Award, presented by Keep Golden Isles Beautiful, the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and the Brunswick News to businesses and non-profits that go the extra mile in keeping clean, green and beautiful premises. This was for Zach's Place, our Runaway & Homeless Youth Emergency Shelter on Gloucester. Thank you  Keep Golden Isles Beautiful !!
We were so thrilled to receive the amazing donation of a reading library from Eagle Scout Jacob Torbert. Jacob worked tirelessly (65+ hours!) to collect funds to purchase four bookshelves for Safe Harbor. Through book drives, he collected 600 books and purchased an additional 74! In addition, he made a donation of the unused funds ($375) to Safe Harbor! Jacob, pictured here with his dad and scout leader, Jay Torbert, is part of the Boy Scout Troop 248.
Have something to donate? Our Donation Center will be open for donation drop off on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 12pm - 3pm in June & July. We are always in need of gently-used (or new) clothing and shoes in good condition. Our greatest need now is NEW UNDERWEAR, used for our new residents and for our Rape Crisis Center. Recently, we partnered with other non-profits such as Communities in Schools and Glynn Community Crisis, allowing their at-risk clients to "shop" with vouchers for anything they need. Stay tuned for a ONE-DAY Back-to-School Sale open to the public in August!
Our Rape Crisis Center and the College of Coastal Georgia hosted a "Speak Out" event on the evening of April 25th. Jeffrey Garris, the guest speaker, shared his story of a lifelong journey from victim to survivor. The talk was a part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which took place throughout April. The event included Garris’s talk and a panel discussion about local resources for survivors of sexual violence. Those resources include our Connie Smith Rape Crisis Center, one of the few full-service rape crisis centers in Georgia. For more information, visit our website . If you'd like to volunteer at our rape crisis center, please contact Andrea Belton .
We had a gorgeous day for the Doreen Myers 5K in Camden County. The race celebrates the memory of Doreen Myers who was an employee of the Golden Isles Children's Advocacy Center (which became the Safe Harbor Children's Advocacy Center). Doreen Myers worked tirelessly to help abused children in our community. The proceeds from the 5K race benefitted our Children's Advocacy Center.
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1526 Norwich Street
Brunswick, GA 31521