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Support for Victims During COVID-19 Crisis
Our community has, as always, stepped up to support victims in any way they can. During the last two months we have received an influx of food and supplies donations, community members reaching out asking how to help, and churches and people sending checks in the mail, trying to help in any way they can. Every can, dollar, and phone calls goes a long ways in assisting a victim of violence.
Thank you The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for your generous donation of supplies and food! Even toilet paper! This will stretch our ability to continue serving families who are affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
Angel Trees for SAFE Kids
Towns and Union county have been generous this year in their donations of gifts for children, as they are each year! These kids come from families who are struggling to stay on their feet and who SAFE has worked with in the past year. For the second year in a row, we are very thankful to the Union County Sheriff’s Department for assisting with purchasing gifts to make sure each and every child was covered. Thank you for your generous hearts!
Sage Wax Boutique Coat Drive
This year Sage Wax Boutique hosted a coat drive for SAFE. These coats are provided to clients SAFE works with. The amount of coats was astounding and we enjoyed meeting the two big-hearted women who work there.
Donation of Books from Usborne Books
Usborne Books made a large donation of children’s books to the shelter. This donation will mean a lot to those kids, for which reading is sometimes their only outlet.
Coats for a Cause with Chic-Fil-A
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Gift Donation from The Hackney Warehouse
Each year the Hackney Warehouse in Murphy, NC collects gifts as part of their Cocoa With Santa event. We are so thankful to be included!
Halloween On The Square
Our Volunteer Coordinator and her fellow vampire held a table at the Union county Halloween on the Square this year, giving out candy to all the ghouls and goblins. They enjoyed seeing the thousands of kids come through in their creative costumes.
SAFE Welcomes a New Board Member
S.A.F.E. board welcomes new member. Pictured front left, is S.A.F.E.’s Executive Director, Molly Cousin welcoming new member, Pam Curley. Back row from left to right is, Drew West honorary member, Doug Loyd treasurer, and Shannon Dorsey board secretary.
SAFE Accepts a Donation from Daughters of the American Revolution
S.A.F.E. would like to say thank you so much to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Old Unicoi Trail Chapter 3117GA for a very generous donation of linens, and cleaning supplies for our emergency shelter, and a nice monetary donation as well! Karen Alsup of the DAR is shown presenting the donation to Vicki Franklin of S.A.F.E.
Remember My Name
On Friday, October 11th , S.A.F.E. held their Remember My Name Ceremony sponsored by Nottely Marina. Each year in October, a vigil is held to honor the Georgia victims of Domestic Violence that have lost their lives the past year due to DV. This year there were 84 such deaths reported. These victims ranged in age from 1 month to 83 years old. S.A.F.E. would like to thank all of those that were able to join us as we paid homage to those lives lost. We would also like to thank, Moriah Doucette from Nottely Marina, and the entire Doucette family for all their time and hard work they invested to make this event possible.
Child Human Trafficking Awareness Event at Whimsy Flower Farm
SAFE presented, along with several other organizations who help victims, at Whimsy Flower Farm. Attendees were there to learn about the programs in their areas that serve victims of human trafficking and what human trafficking looks like in our community. SAFE is grateful to be included in this event.
Since 2017 Chick-Fil-A has donated food to victims living in the domestic violence shelter each week. SAFE says thank you for their kind hearts and community-centered business.
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.
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.