Denene Yates, Executive Director’s Statement
I am the founder of Safe House of Hope. I have worked for 30 years in business management and accounting and am now a full time volunteer. I have a degree from UMBC in Health Administration and Public Policy with a concentration in Public Health. I am honored to be the Deputy Chair of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force.
I am also a survivor of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. I started SHO Hope to love people that have been devalued by their circumstances. I know first hand how molestation at an early age can change a person’s sense of value. I felt like nothing, ashamed and angry, owned by someone else – never my own. It did not matter what I felt or wanted; my job was to hush, keep secrets, and play along. It took many years and help from many people for God to change my mind. He showed me that I was lovable and beautiful. Receiving love is still a struggle yet I know God loves me just the way I am. He knows my name and thinks I am beautiful. I want to help others see that God loves them just as they are. I want to shine God’s light and bring healing to their lives. God cares, through us, for each person that we touch at Safe House of Hope. He sees them as beautiful. I desire for you to understand that people are more than what has been done to them. God wants more for each of us. Together we can change lives!
Board of Directors
Other volunteers are diligent in collecting and delivering in-kind donations. We have four active teams that participate in street outreach twice monthly, and two talk-line volunteers help answer the 24 hour talk-line. Each service area of SHOH requires specific training to maintain consistent and safe care for our clients.
Our website was developed and is maintained by Simone Fary of Nerds Make Media.
Our staff is extremely dedicated and understands that without their faithful giving, our clients would not have our valuable services.