About Safe Harbor Children's Shelter
"Safe Harbor Children's Shelter provides safe and secure emergency shelter to protect children and youth at risk."

Safe Harbor Children's Shelter has long been known as a "life preserving haven." Founded in 1991 by former Jekyll Island residents Susan and Bob Hamer, Safe Harbor is an emergency shelter serving abused, neglected, homeless, and runaway children. Licensed to provide short-term services, the shelter can accommodate twelve children (six males and six females) ranging in age from birth to seventeen.

The Shelter is a large, rambling, two-story home that includes a large living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry area, family visitation area, activity center, and administrative offices. There is a large deck outside which provides an ideal setting for cookouts and group gatherings.

Safe Harbor is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. In order to aid the Shelter in the delivery of its mission, the Safe Harbor Auxiliary was created in 1993.

Over the years the Shelter has expanded its mission to include a full continuum of services to the children and youth that it serves. That expansion includes the national program, Project Safe Place, a complete program of therapeutic services, an aftercare program, and the Hamer House (a new facility that includes additional residential and non-residential services).

Safe Harbor receives funding from both state and federal grants as well as local fundraising events.

Safe Harbor is licensed by the Georgia Department of Human Resources - Childcare Licensing Division

Safe Harbor is a Member of the following:
Southeastern Network of Youth & Family Services, Georgia Emergency Shelter Association, YMCA National Safe Place Program, Combined Federal Campaign, National Network for Youth, Runaway Switchboard, Glynn County Chamber of Commerce.

Safe Harbor Children's Shelter - Referral Process
Safe Harbor accepts referrals from a multitude of sources. The bulk of our referrals come from the Department of Family and Children Services. Since the majority of our fundraising comes from Glynn County (our home) as well as the immediate surrounding counties, children from these areas are given priority. But we do accept and often take placement from any other county within Georgia. Because we also serve runaway youth, we take youth from literally anywhere in the world who end up on our doorstep. Among others that refer are family members, courts, schools, clergy, and youth can self-refer.

In taking a referral we ask for as much information about the child as is available. The more information that we have, the better we can determine how to best serve the child. Of particular importance is medical information and school placement information. Children from counties outside of Glynn must be able to transfer into local schools and this requires the child's records and placement information.

We do not accept children who fall into these categories:
• Severely disturbed/psychotic, having a history which renders them violent and assaultive
• Actively suicidal
• History of arson or pyromania
• Under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol
• Known developmental problems which would impair reasonable functioning within the structure of a shelter environment
• Outstanding custody orders
• Active placements from mental institutions, correctional institutions, or halfway houses

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