Local kids lose their Safehaven

Local kids lose their Safehaven

There are 9 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Feb 3, 2009, titled Local kids lose their Safehaven. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Safehaven, a local nonprofit emergency shelter for abused and neglected children, is shutting down after serving Hampton Roads for 18 years.

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Swami Poobah

Newport News, VA

#3 Feb 3, 2009
The state wants to keep the focus on leaving the kids with their families? But what if the family is abusive? These kids need a safe place to go!
Kids should NOT have to put up with a father or mother that molests them or beats them.
Lori Carlson

United States

#4 Feb 3, 2009
Center was a necessary option, a "stop gap". Doing away with it means less services to kids, not better services. I doubt it worked as a long term solution, and was not designed to be one, but great idea as a "transition" away from a chaotic abusive home before going into the home a stranger. Thanks for reporting it. No homeless shelter in Newport News, now, either.

Nashville, TN

#5 Feb 3, 2009
thats really sad
newspaper reader

Newport News, VA

#6 Feb 3, 2009
I hope this decision wasn't made entirely based on saving money. It sounds like the feeling is that a child is better off going directly into a foster home when necessary, but it sounds like it will over stress foster families.I just truly hope this is done with the best interest of the children needing a safe place, not just a way to save $$$

Newport News, VA

#8 Feb 4, 2009
Lessismore wrote:
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Then let them find refuge in a non-government organization, like a church. Get out of my wallet.
One can tell by your comment that neither your heart nor your wallet is in the church. From the sound of most of your comments, you must be a very unhappy and unloved person.
trolling along

Newport News, VA

#10 Feb 4, 2009
Lessismore wrote:
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I don't need the government to love me, princess.
No one does troll. Get a life, get up from your computer and go outside. I know you will need some sunglasses because you haven't seen the sun in so long, but it will be worth it. skank
Peanut Butter

Richmond, VA

#11 Feb 4, 2009
trolling along wrote:
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No one does troll.
I do.
trolling along

Newport News, VA

#12 Feb 4, 2009
Peanut Butter wrote:
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I do.
I'm sure you do.

Honolulu, HI

#14 Feb 9, 2014
As much as I didn't want to go to a group home as a kid, Safehaven did help me in many ways. It helped me to become declared independent in the courts and find my own place and move out/move on. I had a lot of negative things going on in my life and this place gave me a temporary home away from all of it. Today I live in Hawaii and have a happy and full life. :) Thanks Safehaven for being around and helping me out when you did.

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