BENEFITING: ORANGE COUNTY SAFE HOMES PROJECT INC
Once again, Safe Homes of Orange County is excited and honored to participate in the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge. Many of you know our story. For those who don’t, our organization was started around a kitchen table in 1986 by community members who wanted to help women experiencing abuse and violence. Thirty-one years later, we have remained dedicated to helping adult and child survivors of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and human trafficking.
In 2016, we provided 17,414 advocacy services including housing, law enforcement, medical, mental health and social services, legal support and employment. We provided over 4,849 nights of safety to survivors of violence, offering them a safe space to recover, reclaim, and rebuild their lives. Since our participation with the Purple Purse Challenge last year, Safe Homes has launched two high risk teams in partnership with local law enforcement, partnered with HONOR to get a housing program up and running, and grown our Safe Harbor trafficking program to include a case manager as well as a project coordinator. Legal assistance services provided through contract with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley help to protect survivors and hold abusers accountable. Our social services liaison program helps to ensure survivors have access to state and federal resources. We advocate for the development and implementation of victim-sensitive laws, policies, and procedures across all systems that impact the safety and recovery of survivors of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and human trafficking. We provide services to those who need us 24/7. We help survivors navigate systems, by promoting healing and wellness, and connecting our clients with resources that support economic recovery.
For 31 years, Safe Homes has offered empowerment, support and safety in hopes that all can people can live free from violence, abuse and control; and we will continue to do so until this atrocity ends. To all who have supported us, we offer our deepest thanks and we look forward to a continued partnership of helping. To those who are new friends, we hope you will take a moment to get to know us a little bit better and consider contributing to support our work and community.