Someplace Safe will Continue to Provide Essential Crime Victim Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
Someplace Safe Crime Victim Advocacy services will remain available through the COVID-19 Pandemic as an essential safety net for survivors of crime, who continue to be the paramount focus of the agency. For the time being, services will look a bit different as the agency moves to provide a majority of services through electronic means. Someplace Safe office locations will begin providing services electronically starting on Wednesday March 18, 2020.All in-person meetings with advocates will be by appointment. The move to electronic services follows recommendations to allow for social distancing, isolation, as well for flexible workplaces during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Victims are urged to reach out if during this difficult time, especially if the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an increase in safety related issues. While physical offices may be closed, service delivery is readily available and will be conducted online or via telephone. Accessible services remain available, including interpreters, chat, and text. “During this difficult time Someplace Safe realizes there may be an increased need for services including safety planning, the agency will be available and as accessible as possible to ensure the needs of survivors, communities, and partners are met.” stated Sheila Korby, Executive Director.
Someplace Safe Parenting Time Center will be providing agreed upon supervised parenting times via Zoom, a video conferencing system. Supervised exchanges will be on a case-by-case basis. Clients may contact Parenting Time Center via Secure Cases at https://ptc.securecases.net.
Additionally, Community Education and Professional Trainings will be available remotely at this time.To request community education or professional training please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Next, to protect the health and well-being of Someplace Safe employees, clients, volunteers and community members as of 5:00 p.m. March 17, 2020 Someplace Safe closed the Someplace Safe Thrift Stores through at least Monday March 30, 2020 per the Minnesota Department of Health recommendation that all nonessential retail close. Any possible changes to the open date will be communicated on agency social media.
Finally, Someplace Safe has cancelled all in-person fundraisers and community events scheduled in March and April of 2020. This includes Sexual Assault Awareness Month events. “We would like to thank the countless sponsors, donors, vendors, and volunteers for their generosity and understanding during this challenging time for our agency”, stated Ashley Zach, Director of Development. “We greatly appreciate those who wish to make a contribution to Someplace Safe to assist with inevitable financial strain and funding shortfalls resulting from the pandemic”.Gifts may be mailed to P.O. Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN56538-0815. They may also be made online at www.someplacesafe.info/donate or by sending the text “@sps” to 52014 to donate via text message.
If you have questions or are in need of services, please call 800-974-3359 or visit Someplace Safe online atwww.someplacesafe.info.Specific questions, comments, or concerns may be directed to Sheila Korby, Executive Director, at email@example.com or 218.739.3486 ext. 445.
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