Someplace Safe is Turning 40!
Since 1979, Someplace Safe has been committed to building safer, healthier communities for victims and survivors of crime in west central Minnesota. As we look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary in the coming year, we reflect on the impact of Someplace Safe’s work on the individuals and families of our communities for the past 40 years. No matter what the need, such as assistance filling out a protection order, emergency safe housing, clothing and furnishings to start over in a new home, a supervised parenting time, or simply a listening ear, Someplace Safe is here to guide the way to a safer, healthier future.
Here are a few highlights from the past four decades:
The Region 4 Council on Domestic Violence Forms and Opens a Regional Shelter in Fergus Falls
A small group of dedicated volunteers opened the region’s first battered women’s shelter located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and incorporated as the “Region 4 Council on Domestic Violence”. The shelter, better known informally as the “Women’s Crisis Center”, provided emergency housing, advocacy services, and support for domestic violence victims and their families.
The First Community Advocacy Offices Open and Then Expand Throughout the Service Area
In the 1990’s the agency began its expansion, at the request of our local communities, opening its first of 10 Community Advocacy Offices throughout west central Minnesota. These community-based offices provided domestic violence victims with increased access to services in their own community, without having to travel (sometimes hours) to Fergus Falls. Throughout the 2000’s, the advocacy program expanded to open office locations throughout Someplace Safe’s 9-county service area, as well as broadened services to include any victim or survivor of all crime types.
Parenting Time Centers Open
In 1993, the first Parenting Time Center (PTC) opened in Fergus Falls. PTC continues to provide supervised exchanges and visitation in 5 community locations, allowing both parents to have relationships with their children in a safe environment.
Programming Specifically Aimed at Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth
The agency began targeted advocacy services for sexually exploited and at-risk youth in 2015 through Minnesota’s Safe Harbor initiative. In 2016 Someplace Safe began housing a Safe Harbor Regional Navigator, who serves as an expert on sexually exploited, trafficked, and at-risk youth for local communities, and are the main point of contact for training, information, referrals, and protocol implementation throughout 19 Minnesota counties.
We invite you to celebrate Someplace Safe’s 40th Anniversary and the spirit of giving during this holiday season by making your “$40 for 40” gift (or an amount of your choice) to Someplace Safe today!
To make giving easy, you may simply text "@sps" to 52014 to give via text message.
You may also visit us at www.someplacesafe.info/donate to give online.
Feel free to also visit our website at www.someplacesafe.info/get-involved/giving to consider other ways to support Someplace Safe during our 40th year and spread holiday cheer during this season of giving.
Thank you for your support of Someplace Safe this Holiday Season as we ring on our 40th year!
For questions or additional information, please call your local Someplace Safe office or contact 218.739.3486 ext. 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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