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Safe Home, Safe Streets
Last week, members of SAFEHOME's staff and Board of Directors traveled to Topeka for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) 7th Annual Safe Home, Safe Streets Legislative Day. Victims service programs from across the state had a chance to meet with their local Representatives to educate them about domestic violence programs in their districts and the important legislation related to helping better serve victims. State grants provide essential funding for emergency shelter and other life-saving services for victims and their families. Sustaining this funding will ensure core services continue to be available.
During the Safe Home, Safe Streets Reception, SAFEHOME was honored with the KCSDV Program of the Year for our BridgeSPAN healthcare advocacy program. BridgeSPAN provides 24-hour on-site advocacy to victims of domestic violence who seek services in five Johnson County hospitals, as well as training for healthcare staff on domestic violence screening and resources. Since the program began in 2003, SAFEHOME has seen a 75% increase in the number of victims served by the program. Recent program accomplishments include the development of a "SAFE PLACE" sign to let people know that hospitals are a safe place to receive help if they are being hurt, a weekly Healthy Relationship group for inpatients at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and creation of a hospital-wide "Domestic Violence and the Workplace" survey.
KCSDV also honored Vincent Dean and Dean Development, Inc. as the Community-Based Ally of the Year. As a SAFEHOME volunteer, Vincent Dean was instrumental in the rehabilitation of our state-of-the-art facility. For ten months, Vincent contributed 30-60 hours a week to the renovation project. In addition to donating his services as General Contractor, his family could often be found on weekends doing manual labor at the facility. During this time, his company Dean Development Inc. was completely behind Vincent's work. His staff handled hundreds of related phone calls, provided space for numerous meetings, and even held several donation drives for SAFEHOME. Congratulations to Vincent Dean & Dean Development Inc. We truly appreciate all your dedication to SAFEHOME.
** Pictured above (L to R) accepting the Program of the Year award is BridgeSPAN Advocate Marianne Hamer, volunteer Helen LaValley, and Program Coordinator Kimberly Paul. Accepting the Community-Based Alley of the Year Award is Vincent Dean.
Planning is underway for the 18th Annual June Jubilee. You won't want to miss SAFEHOME's signature fundraising event and a celebration of 30 years of saving lives. Join us Sunday, June 13th at the Doubletree Hotel Overland Park for a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. Long-time SAFEHOME supporters Congressman Dennis & Stephene Moore are serving as Honorary Chair Couple. The cost to attend is $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For sponsorship information, please contact Pam Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-378-1516.
Auction items valued at $50 or more are currently being accepted. Great auction items include: themed gift baskets, gift certificates, bottles of wine, vacation packages, concert tickets, frequent flyer miles, jewelry, sports memorabilia, and electronics. Contact Susan Lebovitz at email@example.com or 913-378-1518 if you have an item to donate.
Great Food For A Great Cause
On Friday, February 26th you can support SAFEHOME and enjoy a fun evening as you dine at Gaslight Grill (5020 W. 137th, Leawood, KS) from 5 P.M. until closing time. If you bring in the attached flyer, Gaslight Grill will donate 12% of the profits from your meal to SAFEHOME.
Gaslight Grill features elegant food and wine in a comfortable atmosphere. Executive Chef Eddie Djilali brings you a contemporary American cuisine with a European flair. You can also enjoy live jazz music from 6:30 - 10:30 P.M. in their back room.
It's About The Kids
Safety is something every child should be able to take for granted. However, an estimated 3 to 4 million children witness domestic violence annually. Children who witness family violence are often affected in ways similar to children who have been abused.
SAFEHOME helps children overcome negative effects of domestic violence through our Children's Program. The purpose of the Children's Program is to provide a safe and therapeutic environment where children and their mothers can heal from the violence they have experienced. The program includes art and play therapy, social activities to strengthen the parent/child relationship, and childcare with trained professionals. Services are available for both residential and non-residential clients.
Children are a large portion of the population we serve. Currently, 26 children are residing in SAFEHOME's shelter. If you can imagine having 10 children ages newborn to 3 years old living in your home, you can start to imagine the needs that we have. SAFEHOME needs baby monitors, potty chairs, pacifiers, and so much more. Check out today's Urgent Needs Wish List to learn about how you can help.
SAFEHOME Urgent Needs Wish List
These items are clients' most urgent needs. Donations or gift cards to purchase them are appreciated. If you are interested in donating any of these items, please contact us at 913-432-9300 to schedule a time to drop off your donation.
Baby Food (Stage 3 - fruits, vegetables, and meals)
Baby Shampoo, Lotion, & Wash
Pacifiers (All Sizes)
Baby Carrier (Wearable)
Baby Bouncer Seat
Crib Bumper and Mobile (For a boy)
Infant Car Seat Cover
Boy Infant Clothing (12-18 months)
Gift Cards for Target and Wal-Mart to purchase these items
**Gift cards and gift card receipts can be mailed to SAFEHOME, P.O. Box 4563, Overland Park, KS, 66204.
Ways You Can Help SAFEHOME - Attend A Fundraiser To Support SAFEHOME
This Saturday, February 27th from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Whole Life Chiropractic (11604 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park) will be offering $20 initial screening visits for new customers with proceeds benefiting SAFEHOME. Attendees are asked to bring items on the SAFEHOME Wish List, bid on silent auction items, and attend educational sessions. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Raeann at 913-696-1500.
For more information on SAFEHOME, events, and services, please visit us online at www.safehome-ks.org .
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