Safe Places Little Rock

Rating: 4.81 stars   97 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, Crime & Law

Location: 1609 Broadway Little Rock AR 72206 USA

Mission: The mission of Safe Places is to create communities where every child is protected, every home is a safe place, and where every person can live a life free from violence.
Results: Results to date: For almost ten years, we have sustained this organization and provided thousands of much-needed services in the community.
Target demographics: child and adult victims of violence and abuse
Direct beneficiaries per year: Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,500+
Geographic areas served: Arkansas
Programs: Weekly violence prevention and Transforming Anger educational groups for children ages 4-12 and for adolescents at risk for victimization and/or offending behavior held at various community locations, including the juvenile detention facility, Boys and Girl's Clubs, afterschool youth programs, schools, and faith communities. These programs served more than 1,200 children in 2007. Trauma-focused therapy for child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse as well as for chidren exposed to family, school, and/or community violence. Support Groups for victims of violence Training in violence prevention and intervention for faith communities and clergy served more than 200 faith communities in 2006.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 43-1986827
501-374-7233
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Rating: 5 stars  

Safe Places serves Little Rock in a much needed capacity. It's a life saver for so many women and children who would never receive the protection, support and comfort they so badly need. Safe Places also goes into our schools to teach our children that "Hands are not for hitting." and other nonviolent responses. Little Rock would definitely be a poorer place to live without these life fulling people at Safe Places.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Safe Places serves Little Rock not only through safe harbor but also through education. Because our country has so much violence in the homes, on the streets, on television, and in the news, our children are so in need of alternative choices. Safe Places serves that need.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Safe Places not only serves children and women touched by violence, it trains young women about violence prevention so that they can intervene in young lives. The entire Safe Places staff is passionate about the clients they serve and preventing violence before it escalates.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see how they try to help a young friend of mine and her daughter. I am so grateful for their work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish Safe Places could expand here in Little Rock and be a model for other safe places around the world. The are constrained by the available monetary resources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Safe Places is a one of a kind organization which Little Rock, AR is fortunate to have among our community as a real team player. They work to continually find ways to serve the victims and families of Domestic violence, Rape and Molestation in many ways. Most people would be shocked to really know all involved in treating and assisting in these tragic and unfortunate situations that our society wishes would just go away. They have saved our daughters life and certainly helped our family to move forward and continue to grow.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My sister wwent to Safe Places and got so much help. We both did. And our mom was so glad that they had a way to help her too. Our mom was really upset with everything that had happened to my sister at school. All of us were so upset we wanted to move away, But because of the ladies at safe Places, all of us got through it. It took time, but they stuck with us all the way.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way my family has gotten better

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Our school counselor

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I learned a lot about being kind and not hurting others. I learned to respect myself no matter what anyone says.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

There is no adequate way to measure the impact this organization has on the health and welfare of our local community. Safe Places has performed its mission with dedication and determination, often in the face of local criticism, but has garnered much professional recognition from across the country, including the Director of the FBI and the Attorney General of the United States. The selfless commitment of its advocates to the welfare of their clients is a model that many should adopt.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Safe Places is a great organization, I am Director of Catering at a local hotel and we have hosted their fundraiser for many years, I am most impressed with this group of people and their concern for the well being of abused children and their families.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My child was sexually abused and Safe Places was there for both of us. It was a very long road to getting over the most horrible time in my life, but Safe Places worked with my whole family , as well as my child. We have had help from safe Places for many years and in all kinds of ways. With my child's school problems related to severe bullying, with her inability to attend school because of panic attacks, with almost every challenge you can imagine. All I can say is thank you to this wonderful group of people who really do care about my family, and even my other children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The way my broken family was healthy again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide all the financial resources they need to grow and expand.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

A referral from Arkansas Children's Hospital

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

The will to keep trying when all seems lost.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My family was completely destroyed by violence from my spouse against me. My four children suffered from being exposed to that violence for many years. I truly believed that I could not raise 4 children on my own. So I was trapped and had no idea how to get me and my children into a safer place. That's when I found a safe place in Safe Places. Their work was definitely a family intervention and not only was I supported, but they cared for my children as well. I tried many organizations for help over many years, and there is just none that match the kind of help Safe Places offered. Today, we are safe, on our own and thriving. From time to time, Safe Places is still there if we need help and that is so comforting. As my children grow up, issues do arise because they did not get out unharmed at all. But Safe Places helps us work through those times.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Arkansas has one of the highest rates of child abuse and domestic violence in the US. Families and individuals need the important life-saving skills provided by the professional staff at Safe Places. They also receive life-changing encouragement and hope to face the future. Safe Places has an outstanding director, Kathy Manis-Findley, and a team of dedicated and professional counselors on staff to help in any situation. Thanks to Safe Places for providing critical services to our most vulnerable people.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a victim of a terribly violent assault I felt I had lost my voice. Everything around me seemed to be suffocating me. I was completely overwhelmed by what had happened to me, how it was handled, and how to move on afterwards. I didn't know how to talk to anyone about what I was going through and dealing with. I sank into a depression and just kept it all inside. I didn't know where to turn. Then someone mentioned Safe Places and their group meetings to me. I was very reluctant at first. I had already been visiting a counselor elsewhere and still felt very alone. But, I decided to come to the group and see. I'm so happy that I did. From the very first meeting I didn't feel so terribly alone anymore. Each woman there had a different story, but we were all going through some of the same emotions. Depression, shame, disbelief, fear, anger. We were all carrying some of the same burdens. Our group facilitator was fantastic with helping us talk openly about our feelings, about the pain, about our fears, about all of what we were dealing with. Each week as I listened to these courageous women talk about their feelings I began to feel less and less suffocated, less alone. Eventually I was even able to start sharing my own feelings. I am still healing and learning to cope with what happened to me. It's a process and a journey. But, I am getting my life back, my voice back, and even my smile back. Safe Places started me on that journey. I am saddened that the groups have had to stop, but am in hopes that someday they can continue again. I will continue my journey on my own for now, stronger because of the help I received at Safe Places. Thank you so much to the staff and volunteers at Safe Places, for without you I'd still be alone and weak. Thank you for helping me to find my voice again.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

Great services again, much needed here in LR but really poor management with their money. Wonder where it all went...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unsure

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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