Our mission is to provide support, advocacy and emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, and sexual abuse, regardless of gender, and to heighten community awareness of such abuse in Towns and Union counties.
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What we have been up to…
Peachstate Credit Union
SAFE is blessed to receive so much support from our community. Last week Peachstate Credit Union awarded SAFE with a donation of $500!
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
SAFE put on a 50s themed Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Volunteers and SAFE Staff enjoyed music put on my Elvis, retro cars, and burgers and shakes by G & G Cafe.
Customer Appreciation Day at SAFE Thrift Stores
Staff and volunteers greeted customers on Saturday June 15th at the SAFE Thrift Store in Blairsville and June 29th at SAFE Again Thrift Store in Young Harris. The all day $5 bag sale drew customers in, who were then treated with free hotdogs and drinks. SAFE enjoyed getting to meet community members.
Memorial Day Parade
Vicki Franklin, Volunteer Coordinator, celebrated Memorial Day in Blairsville’s annual parade.
Kids Fishing Derby
Thanks to Nottely Marina and our gracious community, over 50 kids and their families came to fish on Saturday. We are so thankful for the turn out and hope everyone had a great time. The boat rides were a huge success and several fish, though maybe somewhat tiny and cute, were caught by the kids.
With the gracious help of the community, SAFE was able to assist 42 families with Christmas gifts this year! Many local businesses allowed us to host Angel Trees in their lobbies, others bought presents for particular families, and members of the community chose tags and bought the presents on them. The Union County Sheriff’s Office donated lots of funds towards the gifts this year and Hackney Warehouse donated a truck full of toys from their Cocoa with Santa fundraiser. We are so thankful!
Above are SAFE staff members with our Board Treasurer and a Sheriff’s Deputy at Walmart after buying six cartloads worth of gifts.
Above is the Director of SAFE and Lydia of Hackney Warehouse in front of the many many toys collected at their annual Cocoa with Santa event.
SAFE had fun drawing the names of the raffle winners for the hand-made Victorian style doll house and other prizes. Thank you to those who participated!
Cocoa with Santa
Hackney Warehouse put on a magical event to collect donations for toys and food for local nonprofits. Velvet Blue Portrait Art did photos with Santa in a beautiful snowy scene. For bringing a toy or canned food parents received a free 5×7 photo of their children with Santa. Children decorated cookies, road on a train, and drank hot chocolate. Thank you Hackney Warehouse for donated gifts to SAFE!
SAFE had a great time serving families in our community at the SAFE Dinner and a Show event. Lots of people came out for spaghetti dinner. Children watched the movie “Max” and four teams played trivia. Thank you to Ingles and Lenora Harley for donating food and supplies for our event!
Training: How Cyber Stalking Impacts Domestic Violence
Betsy Ramsey provided a training in cyber stalking and its effects on domestic violence to the community. The training was hosted by SAFE and North Enotah Domestic Violence Task Force. Several local law enforcement officers attended as well as other agencies that serve victims of abuse. Ms. Betsy’s was extremely informative and provided stories from her experiences as they related. We are proud at SAFE to have her.
Remember My Name Ceremony
On October 6th members of the community came together in remembrance and honor of victims of domestic violence homicide during 2017. Nottely Marina hosted the event. If you drive by after dusk you can see the bags lit up on the lawn, each one in remembrance of the 97 unnecessary deaths that occurred. Those who attended lit a candle in each bag and then listened to the Remember My Name poem, in honor of Andrew Cato and Tamma Lee. Thank you to those who came and paid tribute to those souls who will be greatly missed.
Ribbon Cutting at new location of SAFE Thrift Store
SAFE moved its thrift store in Union County to 27 Pinebrook Drive. The community and Chamber of Commerce joined us for the ribbon cutting. We had a great time and are so greatful for all the support of the community.
S.A.F.E has served Towns and Union Counties in the north Georgia mountains since 1989. S.A.F.E. offers a comprehensive array of services including emergency shelter, legal advocacy, social services referrals, survivor support groups, parenting support, child advocacy, outreach and education, and medical advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
Our purpose is to help those who have been affected by abuse. While the process of seeking to heal from abusive relationships is complex, through access to a comprehensive array of services, victims can find hope.
S.A.F.E. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization providing services to victims of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Sexual Abuse. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is funded by state, federal and private grants and local contributions.
S.A.F.E. operates the Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center as well as two local thrift stores which support our victim services programs. S.A.F.E. relies on community support and volunteers to carry out its programs.