September 2013 NewsFlash


On July 1, 2013, Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. enacted a new mission statement: The mission of Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. is to eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes through prevention, empowerment, and the promotion of social justice. Accordingly, not only will Safe Haven continue to offer its same free and confidential services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in a more comfortable, professional environment at 402 Broad Street in Milford, the agency will now also provide these services to all victims of crime in Pike County. “In the past victims of homicide have had to seek services outside of the county,” commented Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin. “The dedication and hard work of everyone at Safe Haven will now ensure that all victims of crime in Pike County have access to the much needed victim services close to home. The combination of services to victims between the District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Program and Safe Haven will allow victims to start healing while they navigate the criminal justice system as the offender is brought to justice."

“This was an ambitious undertaking on the part of our Board of Directors,” according to Safe Haven’s Executive Director David Bever, “and the decision to move and expand services was made with great care.” Bever notes that the move is the culmination of a long-term process of evaluating and restructuring the agency’s services to ensure that they meet the standards set forth by the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the PA Coalition Against Rape: “By embracing coalition standards and implementing evidence-based practices, Safe Haven is offering quality services like never before. It’s an exciting moment in the evolution of the agency.”

Despite the many changes at Safe Haven, the agency is proud to report that its core services remain intact. Indeed, Mr. Bever indicates that the primary question he’s been asked since the move concerns the agency’s emergency shelter program. For many years, the agency leased an on-site shelter at its previous address. Bever explains that the confidentiality of that facility was difficult to maintain over time. More importantly, the location was often a hardship for those clients who didn’t live in the immediate Milford area. To offset these problems, the agency has secured multiple locations throughout Pike County for the purpose of providing emergency shelter. According to Bever, “The domestic violence movement has acknowledged that changing times may be making the traditional shelter model of service delivery obsolete. The Board of Directors took this into account and developed a solution that in many ways serves our clients better than a single shelter site. Now, our clients and their children are able to be closer to their own communities when dealing with the difficult decision to flee their abusers. Most importantly, multiple shelter sites improve confidentiality for our clients, which directly equates to their safety.”

"Safe Haven has excelled at helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Pike County for many years,” notes District Attorney Tonkin, remarking that the agency’s “dedication to the community is demonstrated by the expansion of services to all victims of crime.”

Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc.
402 Broad Street • Milford, PA 18337
(570) 296-2827 • (570) 296-HELP • (877) 296-7878



On the heels (or should that read wheels) of last year’s well-received event, Safe Haven of Pike County is proud to announce that the 2nd Annual Charity Vehicle Show & BBQ is coming to Dingmans Ferry on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Join the festivities at Failte Irish Pub and Steakhouse on Route 739. We anticipate an amazing display of classic and soon-to-be-classic vehicles, the pride of The Country Cruiser Car Club! The show begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m., and will occur rain or shine. Vendor tables, BBQ, music, and awards, will highlight this second-annual late summer classic. Motor enthusiasts, their friends and loved ones should not miss this signature event. To register your vehicle, or for more information, please contact Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. at 570-296-2827 or by email at

Safe Haven’s Tour de Pike County “Pedal for a Purpose” Cycling Event is also returning to Pike County for its second year on Sunday, September 22, 2013! All cyclists are invited to join the fun for this sensational event! Pre-ride check-in and late registration will occur from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at Milford Beach. Helmets are required for the 15-, 25-, and 40-mile ride options, with all rides starting at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $30 in advance, or $35 the day of the event. Additionally, this year we’re offering a 5K Family Trail Walk/Jog for $35 per family, starting at 9:30 a.m. on event day. All registered riders will receive a FREE Tech Tee (one Tech Tee per family, please); the registration fee also includes post-ride refreshments. Parking at Milford Beach for this event is free!

For more information on the Tour de Pike, please contact Roy Hull at: 570-828-9591 or via e-mail at All proceeds to benefit Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. Checks should be payable to Safe Haven, and either dropped off at the Safe Haven offices or mailed to: 402 West Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337

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