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Safe Haven Society

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 150 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 Jacqui Friedrich 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 went to my first fundraiser for Helpmate through my involvement with Women For Women. It was through that fundraising event that I learned how close to home intimate partner abuse was in our own community. I am happy to support the important work of Helpmate by serving as Co-Chair of the Safe Haven Society.

- Jacqui Friedrich

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 (add recurring donation 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 Director, 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 paycheck.  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
Holly and Bernard Arghiere
James and Carol Bailey
James and Julia Barham
Paul Bellows
Diana Bilbrey
Bart and Elaine Boyer
Marlene Breger-Joyce
Beverly A. Brignolo and David W. Robb
Terri Brne and Jodi Travis
Jean and Glen Brown
Philip and Donna Brown
Steve and Linda Brown
Janice and Joe Brumit
Robert Brunk
Bill Butcher and Misty Masiello
Cecilia and Paul Caldwell
Al and Libby Campbell
Charles and Tura Carter
Barbara Caselli
Roseann Cioce
Terry and Debbie Cline
Cynthia Corley
Simeon Cross
Jane Curran
Wendy Danielson
John and Jeannie Davis
Jerry De Land
Susan Denne and James Aydelotte
Johann Doellgast
Logan and Stephanie D’Souza
David and Chloe Duncan
Todd Dutch
Katherine Early
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
Rick and Bridget Eckerd
Curtis and Donna Ensley
Francine Farthing
Sue Fernbach and Jim Rishbarger
Nicole and Kyte Ferrell
Joe and Terry Fishleigh
Patricia Fitzpatrick
Taylor Foss
Jacqui and Craig Friedrich
Will and Ellen Gaddy
Donald and Kathleen Gardner
Francie Glickman
Mickey and Kay Goodman
Arnold and Bernice Green
Jim and Joyce Greene
Clair Griffith
Junius and Patricia Grimes
Larry and Barbara Griswold
William and Danelle Hansen
Thomas and Marie Hartye
Barbara and Ernest Harwig
Joye Hearn
Bob and Jane Hite
Suzanne Hudson
Carla Hughson-Schmitt
Jacque Huttoe

The Barbara and Michael Keleher Family
Cathy Klein
Victoria Lamberti
Paul and Judy Lerwick
Bob Lewis
Amy Mandel
Art Mandler and Sarah Tambor
Richard and Rebecca Manske
Sue and Raymond McClinton
Michael and Laura McGinnis
Tammy McIntosh
Kathryn and Mark McLane
Duncan McPherson
LeNoir Medlock
Brian Methvin
Kevin Miller
Donald and Holly Millsaps
Melissa Moore
George and Judy Morosani
James and Caroline Morris
Jane Morrow
Jennifer Mullendore
Peggy Newell
The Oliver Family
Greg Olson and Rosalind Willis
Charlie and Eleanor Owen
Ladd and Ginny Painter
Harli Palme
Michelle and Karl Payton
Judith Peterson
Amy Pichard
Robert and Martha Pierce
Michael Rauchwarg
Robert and Kim Reynolds
Graham and Jennifer Reynolds
Ellen Sandweiss
Ceil and Ray Sanow
Bill and Joyce Sederburg
Susan and Charlie Shanor
Clare Shapiro
Jeff Slosman
Yvonne Smith
Katherine Soderquist
Bonnie and Tom Spradling
Jason Sprouse
John and Peg Steiner
Deborah Ann Sternberg
Jerry Sternberg
John Stewart
Dana and Jana Stonestreet
Donald and Susannah Swaby
Laura and Charlie Thomas
Charles Thompson
Ted and Terry Van Duyn
Larry Wagner
Austin and Abigail Walker
Gordon and Wendy Walton
John Warner
Barbara Wasson
Jack Webb
Monwell and Patricia Westphal
Lucy Wheeler
James White
Joseph Wilkerson
Joan Williams
Pamela Winkler
Diana Wortham

Our thanks also to those donors who prefer their names not to be listed.