Each year, Bell Media selects local organizations to fulfill our mission of giving back to our community. We recently partnered with SafeHouse, an organization in Shelby County, that is focused on providing individualized, comprehensive advocacy and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
For weeks, our team collected items including toiletries, toys and arts and crafts materials to donate to the SafeHouse emergency shelter for individuals and their dependent family members who are forced to flee unsafe situations.
Giving Back to SafeHouse
Domestic violence is a crime that is not commonly discussed and yet, according to SafeHouse, 1-in-3 women and 1-in-4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Over the course of 30 years, SafeHouse has housed over 5,000 people, and helped thousands more through their crisis line and community outreach programs. Through support from the community, they are able to continue offering safety, refuge, hope, healing and recovery to those who are hurting.
A member of Bell Media’s Non-Profit and Community Outreach Committee, an internal initiative we started to encourage our employees to give back, knew how much the organization relied on community support and helped organize a donation drive to collect items the shelter needed.
Who SafeHouse Serves
SafeHouse offers services to anyone who has been impacted by domestic violence or assault including dependent family members. Their mission is to empower and support survivors, as well as educate the community to prevent future abuse. As one of Alabama’s leading providers of these services, SafeHouse’s goal is to one day exist in a community that has eliminated domestic violence and sexual assault as a result of social change and education.
Why SafeHouse Serves
Providing services to survivors is just one aspect of ending domestic and sexual violence. Without effective prevention and intervention programs, education, and social change, the violence will continue. That’s why SafeHouse not only offers services to survivors, but also focuses on community education and works with members of local law enforcement to effectively intervene and recognize the warning signs.
After our in-person donation, we spoke with SafeHouse’s Executive Director Dotti Bailey, who said, “you may never know the full impact you have, but you are making a difference.”
She then went on to discuss the importance of proper education for prevention saying, “just putting someone in touch with SafeHouse or a similar organization can reduce the risk of injury or death by 60%.”
Services SafeHouse Offers
Since 1989, SafeHouse has given hope to domestic violence survivors and saved countless lives. Originally founded by a group of concerned citizens who saw the need for a shelter, the organization has since grown to provide a range of services to better serve all of the needs they have seen in the community.
These services include:
- A 56-bed emergency shelter
- Counseling services
- Legal assistance
- Case management services
- Prevention and intervention education
- Sexual assault services
- A 24-hour crisis line
- Safety planning
To read more about the services offered by SafeHouse, visit their website.
How to Get Involved
SafeHouse relies on community support for many of its services. Whether it is through donations, volunteerism or advocacy there are many ways to help support the organization. There is a continued need for items like sheets, washcloths, toys and various hygiene products, as well as volunteers that can assist with transportation, crisis line calls and events.
In addition to the ongoing needs, SafeHouse is in the process of redoing rooms in their emergency shelter. Originally built in 2007, there are 12 rooms in need of updates and SafeHouse is relying on sponsors to help with renovations. To learn more about the different levels of sponsorship and what you can do to help, contact SafeHouse.
We are thankful for the opportunity to give back and help such an important organization in our community. Our donation helped, but there is still so much that can be done to make sure SafeHouse has the resources they need to continue providing these life-saving services. We encourage you to get involved! Every donation, whether it’s your time, advocacy or resources helps.
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