Editorial: Saving Safe Haven

Editorial: Saving Safe Haven

How many times has this community's generous businesses, citizens and philanthropists stepped up to save an important community resource?

Well, it just happened again with CUNA Mutual's donation of $100,000 to keep the doors open at Porchlight's Safe Haven shelter for homeless people with mental illness.

After losing federal grant funding that amounted to most of Safe Haven's operating budget, the facility announced it would shut down at the end of the year, eliminating 14 beds and drop-in daytime services from the city's safety net. The donation will keep the shelter open through the winter and buys time to find more sustainable funding.

But here's the real beauty of this story: CUNA Mutual's leaders were inspired by A1 Furniture's donation of $10,000 to Safe Haven after hearing it would close. A1's owners said they hoped their gift would motivate others. Did it ever.

Thank you A1 Furniture and CUNA Mutual for your leadership and example.

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