- SAFY names nationally- and internationally-recognized child welfare expert Richard R. Nedelkoff, M.S., J.D., as
its third President and Chief Executive Officer. Nedelkoff brings the organization experience leading and growing
national nonprofit youth service agencies as well as his ability to implement innovative programs which
produce measurable results.
- SAFY is awarded a five year, $1.9 million annual contract from the South Carolina Department of Social
Services to provide long-and short-term supportive services to at-risk youth and families across the state. The
award, known as the Empowering Families program, marks the first collaboration of its kind in South Carolina
and establishes SAFY as a prominent Lead Coordinating Agency, managing and partnering with other community-
based organizations to reduce risk and enhance protective capacities within families.
- SAFY begins talks with Park Center (formerly the Mental Health Center) in Indiana to provide evidence-based
mental health services for youth and adults diagnosed with mental illness.
- SAFY holds its second annual Safari fundraiser in Dallas, Texas, featuring cuisine from celebrity chefs. Richard
R. Nedelkoff, SAFY President and CEO presents Texas Senator John Carona the prestigious Friend of SAFY award
for his support of foster care legislation. The event raises more than $48,000 for the organization
SAFY partners with Rite of Passage expanding its evidence-based therapeutic and aftercare services. As part
of a nearly $1 million, five year contract, SAFY agrees to provide complex treatment and mental health services
for residential delinquent youth and youth with aggressive/violent behaviors and/or substance abuse diagnosis.
The partnership also allows SAFY to provide intensive family services when the youth returns home.
SAFY hosts its first Building Brides breakfast in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The event brings together local community
and business leaders who discuss strengthening neighborhoods by providing permanency to local children
in foster care and those awaiting adoption. The event raises more than $3,700 to support SAFY foster care and
SAFY continues active merger/acquisition discussions with several youth service
organizations to promote and expand its continuum of Care throughout the nation.
SAFY expands its Executive Leadership Team adding two Vice Presidents of Operations with strong executive
and clinical backgrounds. Peter Howard of Florida and Stacy Bruce of Texas join the organization ensuring SAFY’s continued focus on operations, quality improvement and business development.
SAFY receives national attention as its Safe Harbor Runaway Shelter and Pier 136 Drop-In Center staff and facilities are featured in a NBC Dateline story about human trafficking. The story profiles SAFY programs and services offered to runaways and trafficking victims.
SAFY establishes a national partnership with the Homebuilders Institute (HBI) to assist youth in developing
skills that will enable them to enter the workforce. The Construction-Coaching Opportunities to Reach Employment (C-CORE) program matches youth interested in careers in home building with mentors from the industry.
SAFY is awarded two contracts from the Indiana Department of Child Services to provide Independent Living programs in four regions of the state. The two year contracts, totaling more than $5.1 million annually, focus on raising the youth voice, opportunities to practice interdependence, and gaining skills needed to build social capitol.
SAFY is awarded a two year contract from the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services to provide Intensive In-Home services in the Lincoln Trail region of the state. The contract, valued at more than $1.9 million,
leverages SAFY’s national experience and expands the organization’s service area throughout the state.