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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 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
    Holly and Bernard Arghiere
    Leah Ashburn
    Angela and Dan Baechtold
    Barry and Pam Bailey
    James and Carol Bailey
    James and Julia Barham
    Paul Bellows
    Stephen and Joanne Betso
    Diana Bilbrey
    Ada Lea Birnie
    David and Laura Bourne
    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
    Cecelia and Paul Caldwell
    Al and Libby Campbell
    Buzzy Cannady
    Charles and Tura Carter
    Barbara Caselli
    Greg Catavenis
    Roseann Cioce
    Terry and Debbie Cline
    Cynthia Corley
    Carrie Coward
    Ellen Coward
    Simeon Cross
    Jane Curran
    Katherine Edwina Dadachanji
    Wendy Danielson
    John and Jeannie Davis
    Marcia De Bary
    Jerry De Land
    Susan Denne and James Aydelotte
    Jurgen and Leslie Dierks
    Johann Doellgast
    Logan and Stephanie D’Souza
    David and Chloe Duncan
    Todd Dutch
    Sally Duyck
    Katherine Early
    Jennie Eblen and Rick Perkins
    Rick and Bridget Eckerd
    Curtis and Donna Ensley
    Francine Farthing
    Sue Fernbach and Jim Rishebarger
    Nicole and Kyte Ferrell
    Joe and Terry Fishleigh
    Patricia Fitzpatrick
    Taylor Foss
    Charles Freeland
    Jacqui and Craig Friedrich
    Will and Ellen Gaddy
    Donald and Kathleen Gardner
    Catherine Gay
    Marie Gillette and Janet Martin
    Francie Glickman
    Bill and Lynnell Goacher
    Mickey and Kay Goodman
    Arnold and Bernice Green
    Jim and Joyce Greene
    Clair Griffith
    Junius and Patricia Grimes
    Larry and Barbara Griswold
    Diane Hallingse
    Neal Hanks
    William and Danelle Hansen
    Thomas and Marie Hartye
    Barbara and Ernest Harwig
    Joye Hearn
    Bob and Jane Hite
    Cindy and Tom Holman
    Suzanne Hudson
    The Barbara and Michael Keleher Family
    Cathy Klein

    Victoria Lamberti
    Gary and Theresa Landwirth
    Paul and Judy Lerwick
    Bob and Ann Lewis
    Lauren and Keri Beth Livingston
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert MacLean
    Amy Mandel
    Art Mandler and Sarah Tambor
    Richard and Rebecca Manske
    Sue and Raymond McClinton
    Tammy McIntosh
    Kathryn and Mark McLane
    Duncan McPherson
    LeNoir Medlock
    Brian Methvin
    Kevin Miller
    Donald and Holly Millsaps
    Melissa Moore
    Sharon Morgan
    Sarah Morison
    James and Caroline Morris
    Jane Morrow
    Jennifer Mullendore
    John Nelson
    Peggy Newell
    Barbara and Bill Norman
    The Oliver Family
    Greg Olson and Rosalind Willis
    Charlie and Eleanor Owen
    Ladd and Ginny Painter
    Harli and Kevin Palme
    Michelle and Karl Payton
    Mack and Janice Pearsall
    Judith Peterson
    Robert and Barbara Peterson
    Amy Pichard
    Robert and Martha Pierce
    Mary Louise Powell
    Ginny Raviotta
    Graham and Jennifer Reynolds
    Robert and Kim Reynolds
    Jay Robinson
    Anthony Rolando
    Ellen Sandweiss
    Jon Sarver and Amanda Mills
    James Scovil and Helen Anderson
    Joyce and Bill Sederburg
    Susan and Charlie Shanor
    Clare Shapiro
    Teresa Slaughter and David Howarth
    Jeff Slosman
    Yvonne Smith
    Gary and Carolyn Snipes
    Katherine Soderquist
    Bonnie and Tom Spradling
    Jason Sprouse
    John and Margaret Steiner
    Deborah Ann Sternberg
    Jerry Sternberg
    John Stewart
    Dana and Jana Stonestreet
    Margaret Storey
    Jill Stowe
    Donald and Susannah Swaby
    Jeanne Talbot
    James and Letta Jean Taylor
    Kathleen and Randy Treiber
    Ted and Terry Van Duyn
    Jerome Wagner
    Joanne and Sam Walker
    Todd Wallenius and Scott Parker
    Gordon and Wendy Walton
    John Warner
    Jack Webb
    Monwell and Patricia Westphal
    James White
    Joseph Wilkerson
    Joan and Hubert Williams
    Pamela Winkler
    Jessie Wolfson
    Diana Wortham

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