Safe Harbor holds annual banquet

Published 7:06 pm Friday, February 3, 2017

Safe Harbor, formally Save-A-Life, held a banquet Thursday night to raise money for the nonprofit organization.

Jennifer Dobbs, executive director of Safe Harbor, said the center served 336 families last year alone.

“We are a ministry that helps families facing crises pregnancies. We want to offer them life choices as the outcome of their pregnancies,” Dobbs said. “All of our services are free, and we receive no state or government funding. We don’t charge the community because we want to help them. We offer free pregnancy testing, free ultrasounds. We have parenting classes for the ones who are pregnant.”

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Shonteria Hambright experienced first-hand what the center can do to help when she was recommended to go see Dobbs after being raped. Although she already had an abortion scheduled, Hambright changed her mind after speaking with Dobbs.

“I got an ultrasound, and they showed me videos and just convinced me to just give birth to my daughter,” Hambright said.

John Treherne, an investigator with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, was assigned to Hambright’s case and was the one who told her she could go see Dobbs and the staff for support. Now, Hambright has a 1-year-old daughter, Ma’Chylee.

“I’m very thankful,” Hambright said. “I’m very happy. If I would have never went there, then she wouldn’t be here.”

Dobbs said she has a passion for helping women with crises pregnancies, because she too went through one.

“I had a crises pregnancy when I was 15, and I had an abortion because there was nothing like this here at that time. That’s why I’m very passionate about this because I knew that that was not a choice that I wanted to make, but I didn’t feel like I had another choice,” Dobbs said. “So when the women come in to the center, they’re offered that support. We don’t judge them.”

Safe Harbor was donated its building at 405 Dallas Avenue in 2015. But they are in need of a new roof and want to create a men’s ministry. About 400 people attended Thursday’s banquet.

“I’m super excited for tonight to be here. We worked really hard getting this together,” Dobbs said.