I have been a client of Project Safe in Athens, GA for about a year now. I have at first seen an advocate, then went to the women's shelter for about a week, received psychological and legal help (with a TPO and a divorce) and recently went to many support groups. Project Safe has changed my life for the better. I probably would probably still be with my abuser (and probably deep into a depression) if I hadn't received their advice and help. Their help and services have really exceeded my expectations by far. I'll always be grateful for their support and would recommend this wonderful organization to anyone.
I can't say enough about Project Safe and I am always so moved by this orgainzation. Our community is a better place for having them in it and I hope P.S. grows in leaps and bounds. I was a client when they first began and if it wasn't for the option of being able to flee to their safehouse I sincerely believe that my life and the lives of my two children would have had very bleak outcomes. They literally saved us on the night that I looked down a double-barreled shotgun. They went above and beyond helping us with food, shelter, clothing, and extensive counseling. P.S. always had advocates by my side on every court date and made sure that I found the right lawyers. It was in their shelter where I wrote my song IN THE DARK (A Song For Battered Women) and later recorded it. It is now posted to YouTube to help spread domestic violence awareness. I am speaking and advocating for them now and moving forward in touching people throughout the world with my story and song. In my heart I know that if it wasn't for Project Safe that I would have never had the chance to do so! They give you back your hope when you think all hope is lost. Hats off to Project Safe!!
Peace Out-J.D. Smith (Please click on my photo & profile if interested in viewing "In The Dark" Video)
Sometimes there are situations that happen in our lives that we did not see coming. When we are young, we have this fairy tale idea in our mind that we will marry our prince charming and live this grand wonderful life and be unbelievably happy. Well, I dreamed of that myself. It just didn't turn out that way for me. I got pregnant at 16 and was told by a pastor that we had to get married for the child. I was terrified!! After the "I Do's", the physical and mental abuse started right away. After a few years of it, I couldn't take it anymore. Project Safe was there for me twice because I didn't learn the first time. You think they will change. They only get worse. I'm so glad I got away and found out that there is a much better life to live without being abused. Project Safe is such an amazing Nonprofit that has helped so many people escape abuse. I now am a public speaker for them and I hope that telling my story can help someone out there who is needing strength to get away.
I found out about Project Safe several years ago when the Executive Director came to speak at an event at my church. I was in an abusive marriage, although I had never thought that the definition of domestic violence actually applied to me. After all, I was a professional woman with a doctorate; I didn't fit the stereotype. What I learned from Project Safe, though, was that domestic violence crosses all boundaries, and it can happen to anyone. The presentation at my church gave me the courage to go to my office the next morning, close the door, and pick up the phone to call the Hot Line. Talking to the Project Safe staff member on the Hot Line clarified everything for me. She was immediately understanding and concerned about my situation, and she helped me with every step I needed to take to break free. She might have saved my life. After this experience I served for several years on the Project Safe Board of Directors and was president for one term. I have never seen a non-profit so well run and so effective in fulfilling its mission. Domestic violence is a hidden epidemic that affects more people than we know. The staff at Project Safe work tirelessly, literally around the clock, to save victims from the terror. We are a better community for it.