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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. 145 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
Brad and Bobbi Allen
Gary Anderson
Holly and Bernard Arghiere
Phillip Ashley
M. Louise Bahnson
James and Carol Bailey
Pam and Barry Bailey
Rod and Bess Baird
Meredith Balgley and Erik Bendix
James and Julia Barham
Paul Bellows
Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Betso
Diana Bilbrey
David and Laura Bourne
Bart and Elaine Boyer
Travis and Jenny Boyer
Marlene Breger-Joyce
Beverly A. Brignolo and David W. Robb
Terri Brne and Jodi Travis
Ed and Donna Broadwell
Philip and Donna Brown
Janice and Joe Brumit
Robert Brunk
Nathan and Anne Burkhardt
Al and Libby Campbell
Carole and Charlie Campbell
Stephen Canner and Linda Zolyak
Barbara Caselli
Roseann Cioce
Terry and Debbie Cline
Elaine Cooke
Cynthia Corley
Carrie and Stephen Coward
Simeon Cross
Jane Curran
John and Jeannie Davis
Michael and Libby de Caetani
Jerry De Land
Susan Denne and James Aydelotte
Jurgen and Leslie Dierks
Johann Doellgast
Rod and Cindi Douglas
Logan and Stephanie D’Souza
David and Chloe Duncan
Sally Duyck
Katherine Early
Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
Rick and Bridget Eckerd
Evelyn Ellis
Curtis and Donna Ensley
Sue Fernbach and Jim Rishbarger
Patricia Fitzpatrick
Elizabeth Foley
Jacqui and Craig Friedrich
Will and Ellen Gaddy
Donald and Kathleen Gardner
Mickey and Kay Goodman
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Gourdin
Alan and Pam Green
Craig Green
Jim and Joyce Greene
Stephanie Greiner
Paula Grillot
Junius and Patricia Grimes
Larry and Barbara Griswold
Neal and Amy Hanks
William and Danelle Hansen
Thomas and Marie Hartye
Barbara and Ernest Harwig
William “Rusty” Herman
Bob and Jane Hite
Tom and Cindy Holman
Carla Hughson-Schmitt
Mena Kates
Cathy Klein
Peter Krull

Victoria Lamberti
Jill and Joe Lawrence
Paul and Judy Lerwick
Bob Lewis
Donna Lieder
Patti and Glenn Liming
Joni Lisenbee
Rebekah Lowe
John Maltry
Amy Mandel
Richard and Rebecca Manske
Sue and Ray McClinton
Christopher and Susan McGrath
Kathryn and Mark McLane
Cindy and John McMahon
Molly McMillan and Marshall Janes
Duncan McPherson
LeNoir Medlock
Josh Mellon
Donald and Holly Millsaps
George Morosani
James and Caroline Morris
Jane Morrow
Patricia Muckelvaney
Jennifer Mullendore
Peggy Newell
The Oliver Family
Charlie and Eleanor Owen
Ladd and Ginny Painter
Harli and Kevin Palme
Dennis and Melissa Parker
Fran  and Fred Paschall
Michelle and Karl Payton
Judith Peterson
Robert and Barbara Peterson
Amy Pichard
Robert and Martha Pierce
James and Mary Powell
Terry Powell and Zenda Addis
Dominique Raccah and Raymond Bennett
Michael Rauchwarg
Robert and Kim Reynolds
Graham and Jennifer Reynolds
Julie Risedorf
Mr. and Mrs. William Robichaux
Jay Robinson
Michael and Carol Rosenblum
Ellen Sandweiss
Ceil and Ray Sanow
Toby Schaffer
Bill and Joyce Sederburg
Susan and Charlie Shanor
Clare Shapiro
Jeff Slosman
Yvonne Smith
Bonnie and Tom Spradling
Jason Sprouse
John and Peg Steiner
Deborah Ann Sternberg
Jerry Sternberg
John Stewart
James and Robin Stickney
William and Lucy Stokes
Donald and Susannah Swaby
David and Teresa Swint
Laura and Charlie Thomas
Charles Thompson
Randy and Kathleen Treiber
Terry Van Duyn
Tracy Veteto
Larry Wagner
Sam and Joanne Walker
Gordon and Wendy Walton
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.