Someplace Safe Takes Immediate Action
The Board of Directors of Someplace Safe has taken action to reconfigure its services in response to steady decreases in funding, partnered with increased costs due to rising need and demand for priority programs and services.
Someplace Safe provides advocacy services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and general crimes (elder abuse, harassment, stalking, etc.). Programming includes an emergency shelter for battered women and their children, nine Outreach office locations in eight surrounding counties, five Parenting Time Centers offering supervised visitation and parent-child exchanges, and a Thrift Store.
Over the past several years, there has been a dramatic increase in need and demand for these services. Unfortunately, despite continued support, financial contributions from local communities have not kept pace with the additional costs required to provide these crucial services to victims and survivors of violence, their families, and our communities. The agency has in part covered these expenses from its reserves, which are now virtually depleted.
The Board has reconfigured Someplace Safe's services to maintain the Emergency Shelter, 24-Hour Crisis line and limited advocacy services. The monthly cost for these priority programs is $90,000. Most recent agency cuts have reduced staffing by an additional 245 hours per week, immediately affecting the availability of services and support for individuals and families in our area. In addition, The Someplace Safe Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion to shutdown non-funded services if the state of Minnesota shuts down as of July 1, 2011, unless adequate funding for services can be procured.
"We strongly believe that these are essential services that must be maintained, and have stretched our resources," said Jeanne Jacobs, Executive Director. Board Chair Allen Wittrock added, "These are not routine programs that will merely inconvenience people if they are not available. These are essential services for people in crisis and emergency situations."
"We are taking decisive action to ensure these vital resources continue. We are confident that the communities we serve will step forward to help us weather this challenging time, and hope to be in a position to more fully round out our services in the near future," commented Board member Thad Olsen.
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