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What we have been up to…

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. 

 

Chick-Fil-A Donation

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. 

 

Angel Trees

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. 

Raffle Winners

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!

 

 

Spaghetti Dinner

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.