Providing a fresh start to families fleeing domestic violence
The Austin-based SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) Alliance has supported the community for more than 45 years by serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. They are dedicated to ending violence through prevention, advocacy, and comprehensive services for individuals, families, and communities that have been affected by abuse.
Their 2019 Maximus Foundation grant award helped the organization provide direct services including temporary housing, legal services, medical care, and counseling to more than 4,000 youth and adults, operate a 24/7 hotline, and provide training or abuse prevention education to more than 14,000 individuals.
Among its other programs, SAFE runs the Kelly White Family Shelter, which offers emergency shelter for families and individuals of all genders escaping domestic and sexual violence. With their support, more than 90 percent of families exiting the shelter reported they had a safe location to move to. The shelter has also begun serving as a location for a social work internship program. With support from the internship program, the SAFE Alliance can offer more services and case management to the residents while easing the workload of existing staff. SAFE looks forward to taking advantage of improved access to social workers and resident advocates to help families get back on their feet faster, and in turn, reduce the waitlist.
Learn more about SAFE Alliance.