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Leadership Giving

The Safe Haven Society

The Safe Haven Society was created in 2017 as a way to recognize those who support the organization at the $1,000 level, or more, annually. These families, currently about 100 in total, provide a significant portion of our Annual Campaign funding each year, and we are grateful.

Without the support of this community, this work would be draining beyond endurance. We appreciate your gifts, of course, but please know how much we value the message those gifts convey. Every day, our staff and volunteers feel your encouragement and commitment to making this a safer place for all. Thank you.

- April Burgess-Johnson

Executive Director

Safe Haven Society Leadership

Thank you to Ann Lewis and Don Swaby for co-chairing our efforts to recognize and grow our Safe Haven membership. Both have a long history of involvement with Helpmate, and with philanthropy in our community. They bring much enthusiasm and wisdom to this effort and we thank them for their leadership.

I have been fortunate in my life to be surrounded by both Gentlemen, and gentle men. However, it only took an afternoon at the Helpmate Women’s High Tea a few years ago hearing stories, statistics and facts to show me how lucky my life had been. It CAN happen to anyone. It CAN prove nearly impossible to get out of an abusive situation. And, there are very few places one can hide and find help. I have supported Helpmate in its work with domestic violence victims since that event, and I urge you to find out more about the problem and Helpmate’s collaborative solutions to addressing them.

- Ann Lewis

I believe, in a civilized country it is the responsibility of those who can to try to protect the most vulnerable in that society. In the United States the most vulnerable find themselves in abusive situations. When a child witnesses abuse, they are also affected, physically, emotionally or both. The scars can last a lifetime. Helpmate is so important to our community because it stands ready to support those who cannot readily protect themselves.

- Don Swaby

There are several ways to become a Safe Haven Society Member:

  • Make a secure donation online using PayPal. Check “Make it Monthly” to make an even bigger impact.


  • By Mail:  Checks can be mailed to Helpmate, PO Box 2263, Asheville, NC  28802.
  • Stock Gifts:  For details, contact Pam King, Development Coordinator, 828.254.2968 ext. 140 or
  • Matching Gifts:  Does your company match employee giving?  Please include Helpmate as a recipient of a matching gift.
  • Employee Giving Campaigns:  Helpmate participates in a number of employee giving campaigns.  Please watch for these at your place of employment and include Helpmate as you make your giving choices.  Giving via payroll deduction is easy and painless. They can be one time gifts, or a recurring deduction from each pay check.  Either way, Helpmate appreciates your support in this way.
    • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
    • State Employees Combined Campaign (employees of the state of North Carolina)
    • Combined Federal Campaign (federal employees)
    • United Way of Henderson County


Helpmate is a 501(c)(3) organization and  your gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Thank you to these Safe Haven Society Members

Richard and Kerri Aab
Jennifer and Nathan Adams
Joel and Marla Adams
John and Annie Ager
Elizabeth Alvandi
Holly and Bernard Arghere
The Baechtold Family
James and Carol Bailey
Paul and Bonnie Bellows
Ada Lea Birnie
David and Laura Bourne
Marlene Breger-Joyce
Beverly A. Brignolo and David W. Robb
Terri Brne and Jodi Travis
Ed and Donna Broadwell
Janice and Joe Brumit
Robert Brunk
Cecelia and Paul Caldwell
Al and Libby Campbell
Buzzy Cannady
Greg Catevenis
Roseanne Cioce
Terry and Debbie Cline
Cynthia Corley
Carrie Coward
Jane Curran
Katherine Dadachanji
Wendy Danielson
Jerry De Land
Susan Denne and James Aydelotte
Johann Doellgast
David and Chloe Duncan
Sally Duyck
Katherine Early
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
Rick and Bridget Eckerd
Bruce Elliston
Donna and Curtis Ensley
Francine Farthing
Nicole and Kyte Ferrell
Joe and Terry Fishleigh
Yvonne Foley Smith
Jacqui and Craig Friedrich
Mr. and Mrs. William Gaddy
Donald and Kathleen Gardner
Catherine Gay
Marie Gillette
Bill and Lynnell Goacher
Mickey and Kay Goodman
Jim and Joyce Greene
Junius and Patricia Grimes
Diane Hallingse
Neal Hanks
William and Danielle Hansen
Barbara and Ernest Harwig
Bob and Jane Hite
Jill Hoggard-Green
Cindy and Tom Holman
Barbara and Michael Keleher Family
Cathy Klein

Paul and Judy Lerwick
Bob and Ann Lewis
Lauren and Keri Beth Livingston
Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis
Richard and Rebecca Manske
Sue and Raymond McClinton
Tammy McIntosh
Duncan McPherson
Sharon Morgan
James and Pat Morris
Jennifer Mullendore
John Nelson
Roger and Midge Nelson
The Oliver Family
Greg Olson and Rosalind Willis
Ladd and Ginny Painter
Harli and Kevin Palme
Michelle and Karl Payton
Mack and Janice Pearsall
Deborah Pegel
Judith Peterson
Robert and Barbara Peterson
Robert and Martha Pierce
Mary Louise Powell
Robert Preyer
Petr Radchishin
Jonathan Reily
Graham and Jennifer Reynolds
Robert and Kim Reynolds
Jay Robinson
Anthony Rolando
Katherine Rorison
Jon Sarver and Amanda Mills
James Scovil and Helen Anderson
Joyce and Bill Sederburg
Susan Shanor
Clare Shapiro
Warren Sheaves
Teresa Slaughter
Gary and Carolyn Snipes
John and Margaret Steiner
Bonnie and Tom Spradling
Jason Sprouse
Deborah Ann Sternberg
Jerry Sternberg
John Stewart
Dana and Jana Stonestreet
Margaret Storey
Jill Stowe
Don and Susannah Swaby
Jeanne Talbot
James and Letta Jean Taylor
Jerome Wagner
Joanne and Sam Walker
Todd Wallenius and Scott Walker
Gordon and Wendy Walton
Monwell Westphal
Diana Wortham
Our thanks also to those donors who prefer their names not be listed.