Dear Friends and Loyal Supporters,
Reflecting upon all that we accomplished this year, I am left awe-inspired by the tremendous commitment demonstrated by the passionate men and women who comprise A Safe Haven Foundation (ASHF) and our related entities. Our dedicated staff of nearly two hundred continue to exceed expectations in order to achieve the extraordinary for all who depend on us. With such immense talent and dedication, there really is no limit to what we can achieve.
ASHF is the collective result of our twenty-one (21) year history of program development informed by research and the identification of noticeable service gaps, which left too many people in crisis and lost in bureaucratic systems. We are proud to have grown to be an anchor organization in the State of Illinois—a status made possible through our unique blending (and balance) of business and social service principles. Our model was designed to be scalable so that we can address the unique needs of the communities in which we operate.
ASHF continually strives to be a place where our employees are proud to work, and our brand is one that our residents and donors can trust. We strive to ensure that our results inspire all of our stakeholders. The global reputation we enjoy for our high quality services, strong performance, and corporate integrity reflects the commitment of everyone at ASHF (staff and supporters alike) to do the right things for people in need; and in doing so our society and communities, as a whole, are improved.
However, we are not done—not by a longshot! We continue to strengthen our alliances with the private sector to solve the issue of poverty. We seek opportunities to share our experiences and vision and have been invited to share our model on national television along with presentations to top academic, business, and government leaders, both domestically and around the world.
With our private, civic and corporate partners and community leaders, we have been able to bring volunteerism, sponsorships, jobs, and investment to local economies. Together we provided millions of dollars of employment income to formerly disenfranchised populations, thus building stable families and viable communities. Together we are taking important steps as we Link, Leverage and Align™ as partners in communities, committed to making a lasting impact.
In the New Year we will be expanding our Board of Directors and Advisory Board, seeking individuals that can provide extraordinary service, promote our mission and vision, and can help us expand our funding streams. We rely on the collective wisdom, integrity, and diverse resources of the Board. Our members have made immeasurable contributions to our mission; especially as we are navigating our way into meeting leaders in the private sector that share our values.
ASHF is leading the transformation of an entire social service and behavioral healthcare delivery system. It is by strengthening the lives of those we serve that we can bolster our nation’s social and economic stability. As a scalable anchor organization, ASHF is proud to be aligned with the United Nations goals and priorities in many areas involving social and economic development. It is vital that we continue to work together to address poverty as the main priority and as a human rights issue; it is our collective responsibility to provide relief and to support a system that address and work to solve poverty long-term. Thank you for your dedicated and lasting commitment to poverty alleviation.
Neli Vazquez Rowland
Co-founder & President