Join us for our monthly board meeting on April 17th at 5:30PM at Mountain Presbyterian Church. We would love to see you there and are always interested in new board members.
The 2017 Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review has been released. This is published each year by the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. It gives the public an overall view of how domestic violence related deaths impact the state.
You can read it free at...the Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project
Hiawasee Antique Mall asks you join us to celebrate…
“The Special Women in our Lives”
Beginning April 11-May 11, Hiawassee Antique Mall will be collecting items for the S.A.F.E. Women’s Shelter located in our area. Please come by and donate toiletries and personal items that are always needed by the ladies at the shelter.
Then, you and the special women in your life are cordially invited to our Celebration Friday, May 11 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. where 10% of the evenings sales will be donated in support of the shelter.
We have planned for you an evening of refreshments, entertainment and amazing one-night antique sales. However, you must be present to have your name entered in a drawing, where we will be giving away 2 beautiful gift baskets filled with vintage items donated by dealers in the mall.
SAFE Kid’s Fishing Derby
Join us May 19th, 11AM to 3PM, at Nottely Marina in Blairsville!
Bring the whole family to Nottely Marina on May 19th for fun, food, and fishing! What a great way to celebrate the end of the school year by getting outside and enjoying our beautiful lake! This event is to benefit S.A.F.E. which provides essential services to families in our community. More details to come, but mark your calendars now.
What we have been up to…
ST. Patty’s Day Thrift Store Dress Up Party
On March 17th our volunteers and board joined the community at Unwind on Lake Chatuge to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and raise funds for SAFE. They had a blast eating and dancing. Unwind gave out prizes for different costumes including the thriftiest, most expensive, greenest, most nostalgic, tackiest, fanciest and oddest. SAFE says “THANK YOU” for supporting our cause.
International Women’s Day at Oak’s Lakeside Kitchen
Oak’s Lakeside Kitchen of The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge had a great night celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th. SAFE joined them to eat delicious food and enjoy their specials for the night. Hugh THANK YOU to our supporters at Oak’s Lakeside Kitchen!
S.A.F.E.’s Christmas Program was another success!
Each year S.A.F.E. does a Christmas program to provide gifts to families in need. And each year the community is very gracious in providing children with a wonderful Christmas. THIS YEAR OUR COMMUNITY WENT OVER THE TOP! S.A.F.E. was able to provide presents to 35 families this year.
We cannot express how thankful we are that our community is so passionate about its children. We wish everyone a joyful and safe holiday season.
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO….
Active Shooter Training by John Henderson
On December 14th John Henderson provided our community with a three hour training on how to respond when an active shooter incident occurs. Over 80 people attended! We appreciate Mr. Henderson’s training and information as well as the community’s interest and involvement. Hopefully we will be offering another one of these trainings in the Spring.
Remember My Name
On October 19th SAFE and the community came together to remember those lost to domestic violence-related homicide in 2016. The candle light vigil was very moving as we each read the name of one of those lost and lit candles. This year the community really stepped forward by painting rocks for each of the 95 victims that will be placed around the community. Each person at the vigil read the name of a victim off of the rock and put the rock in the light-up purple ribbon.
Big huge warm thank you to Nottely Marina and Blairsville Rocks for their help and contributions!
During the weekend of October 14th and 15th the Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center set up a booth at the Sorghum Festival, providing information about our programs as well as doing hair wraps and painting for 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.