Safe Haven opens new foster “Shoppe” distribution center in Lindstrom, Minnesota!

IMG_9358.jpeg Safe Haven Foster Shoppe is excited to have expanded to a new headquarters location in Lindstrom, Minnesota.  This location will serve as the main distribution center, and “Shoppe” for social workers and foster children to visit!  The Lindstrom location will service the many remote locations currently already in place across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  Additionally many volunteer opportunities are available at the new Lindstrom location; from organizing inventory, packing bags and hosting fundraising events.  The new location also offers a much larger space for groups to come and visit the location; or host group and corporate give-back volunteer bag packing events. Safe Haven is growing quickly, now servicing foster children in over 10 counties and agencies across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.  This new location is a major growth initiative for SHFS, and allows for our program to expand to the next level to service more children, and offer more volunteer opportunities in the community.  Our mission is near and dear in the hearts of so many, and we are excited to offer an amazing space right in the heart of the Lindstrom community. The new location will host an open house on Friday, July 12th from 1pm – 7pm and encourages all social services staff, foster families, local volunteers and anyone interested in learning more about our mission to attend.  We will also be open through the weekend of Karl Oskar days, hosting donation drives, T-shirt sales and bag packing volunteer opportunities. New location: Safe Haven Foster Shoppe 12765 Lake Blvd, Lindstrom, MN 55045-9342   Facebook event:

Join us for the 1st Annual Safe Haven ONE Event – Oct. 13th 2018 @ Route 65 Pub & Grub in Isanti Minnesota.

SHFS_Route_65_Event_Flyer.jpg Safe Haven Foster Shoppe has teamed up with the Route 65 Pub & Grub to host the 1st Annual “ONE” Charity Event – All proceeds benefit local foster children. ONE donation ONE big impact ONE child at a time The event will be a fun filled day of family friendly activities all benefitting this great cause, supported by our local community. Event is FREE. Beer Bash Tickets available for $20 (Advance $15)  BUY NOW! – BEER BASH (2-6pm) – SILENT AUCTION – PUMPKINS – LIVE MUSIC – KIDS GAMES – $5 BURGER BASKETS – CORNHOLE TOURNEMENT – T-SHIRT SALES – BAKE SALE – COAT DRIVE (bring a NEW coat to donate to a child in need) And more!!! If you are able to provide donations or sponsorships, please message us or email

Why we do what we do – A Story of a Foster Child

iStock-857763024.jpg Safe Haven Foster Shoppe was formed with a mission to help children in foster care.  Everyday we spend our spare time devoted to running this organization, which includes many tasks, from fundraising, to bookkeeping, to bag packing and deliveries.  We personally pack each bag, specific for a child coming into care.  We “ohhh” and “ahh” over all the amazing donations, and get so excited about the items we place in these bags.  As we do this we think of the child; we envision their situation, and we hope that these items can help them at a difficult time in their life. The majority of the time, what we do is a “thankless” task.  Our donors, volunteers and supporters donate time and money, with nothing more than the notion in our hearts and minds that we know… we are helping a child.  We don’t witness this, but we know what we are doing is helping. And that is enough to motivate us each and every day to do more. But… sometimes we get to experience a little magic of our own, through the gift of a story shared by a child.  At a recent foster care appreciation dinner, I had the privilege to meet a very special little girl.  I noticed her, watch our video, over and over.  She would come back to our table, and watch again… and again.  As I said hello to her, she looked up at me with bright eyes and shared her story.  “I got one of those bags” she said.  “I sleep with the blanket every night.”  I was stunned, this was my vision… to help precious children like her.  I was speechless, but she deserved a response.  I said to her, “How did you like it?”  She said, “I used every singe item, and still do.  Thank you!” I share this story, for this precious little girl; who deserves the world; and the children we help every day and every day in the future.  Also, I share this story for the volunteers, donors, and supporters of Safe Haven Foster Shoppe; thank you for what you do.  We are making a difference!  And although, we don’t generally get to meet these special children, know the magic you are creating with our mission. Terra Bastolich – Co-Founder of Safe Haven Foster Shoppe
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Safe Haven Foster Shoppe chosen as charity partner for the Great Inflatable Race Minneapolis! Join us April 28th!

RACE_PROMO 2018 (1) Safe Haven Foster Shoppe was chosen again to be the charity for the Great Inflatable Race Minneapolis. It is a family friendly race and fun for all ages! REGISTER for the race using promo code: SAFEHAVEN and receive 10% OFF. – Easy fun run with inflatable obstacles – All ages – Support the Safe Haven Cause to help children in foster care – Free swag at Safe Haven booth – Register using Safe Haven code – Volunteer to help support us at the race We are also in need of volunteers, and sponsors for the race. About the Race: Volunteer here:

News Release: The Post Review – Safe Haven Foster Shoppe having bag drive for foster children

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Safe Haven Foster Shoppe having bag drive for foster children

Published August 23, 2017 at 9:24 am

There are approximately 428,000 children in foster care in the United States and around 11,000 children in Minnesota.

Sisters Terra Bastolich and Anita Olson wanted to help foster children during the difficult transition of entering foster care in Minnesota. They co-founded a nonprofit organization in January called Safe Haven Foster Shoppe.

“The inspiration for it came from myself doing foster care in Isanti County,” Olson said. “We kept seeing this repetitive pattern of these kids coming into foster care with only the clothes on their back.”

The Safe Haven Foster Shoppe is 100 percent volunteer based and creates bags for children when they go into foster care. The sisters collaborated on what specific items these kids really need, and each bag provides specific items for the child’s age and gender.

Safe Haven is having a “Back to School Bag Drive” until the end of August, which allows businesses and individuals to donate a bag for a child in foster care. First, they choose what age and gender for the bag, and then they build the bag with new items (tags must be on the items). After the bag is full, Safe Haven Foster Shoppe is contacted for a drop off location.

“Everything we put in the bags is 100 percent brand new. We want to give the kids a sense of worth and let them know that they mean something,” Olson said. “It’s never the kids’ fault for being put into foster care.”

The bags include a new outfit, pajamas, socks, underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, a blanket, a type of toy and a stuffed animal. Baby bags have diapers, wipes, bottles formula and a pacifier.

“The goal of Safe Haven is to get these bags to the foster home as soon as possible so the family doesn’t have to run out and get items right away,” Olson said. “The bags are delivered to the county social worker or directly to the foster home.”

Safe Haven Foster Shoppe currently services Isanti, Chisago, Pine, Washington, Sherbourne, and Anoka Counties. They also service St. Croix County in Wisconsin.

“We service these counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin, but we will service any foster home that reaches out to us,” Olson said.

Olson is the executive director of Safe Haven and works directly with the counties and their staff. Bastolich is the board president and does the marketing and social media for the organization.

“We work with some local businesses that supply us with staple items,” Olson said. “We obviously need financial donations as well, and we will take individual items like cloth diapers, blankets and toys. Safe Haven is growing fast because there is such a need for these kids going into foster care, and our mission is we do not want any child going into foster care empty handed.”

For more information about Safe Haven Foster Shoppe, go to

Safe Haven Foster Shoppe Mission

SHFS with tagline-2.jpg Thank you everyone who has already supported us in starting this mission.  We need to keep spreading the word, and growing our support!  We can all make a difference in the lives of foster children!  Just a quick update to remind everyone of our mission! We developed a program like no other,  our bags are unique and personalized for each age and gender.   We work with individual counties family services departments as well as private organizations to hand deliver each and every bag donated.  With new laws being placed to protect children and grants approved for counties to increase staffing that means there are more kids in need than ever before.

We want no child to enter foster care empty-handed.  Please LIKE, SHARE, FOLLOW and SUPPORT our Mission!

Welcome Message from our Co-Founder and Executive Director – Anita Olson

Welcome and thank you for taking time out of your day to be a part of something much bigger than any of us can imagine.  Safe Haven Foster Shoppe was created to support a fb95img951484880783109rising gap in the foster care system.  Everyday children are being pulled out of the only home they know and brought to a stranger’s home (a foster home).  Most of those children come with NOTHING, putting the children and foster homes in a tough spot.  We at Safe Haven Foster Shoppe along with all of you can change that. You can choose to shop for bag items and assemble a bag yourself to donate, you can purchase a bag from our website or you can donate funds to help up purchase items for more bags.  You personally can supply a child with a sense of comfort they can call their own.   Regards, Anita Olson