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May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

Angela and Tina were both very helpful and very good listeners. Tina did a very good job of explaining abuse and how it applied in our lies. I was made to feel like I mattered and so do these kids. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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

The hope it gives to people

Ways to make it better...

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

Have a location in Cabot

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing smiling faces and hearing encouraging words.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, helpful, compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a big difference in Arkansas.

Ways to make it better...

They had a location in Cabot.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need for more funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

A larger web presence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

I was a victim of domestic voilence back in 2007. I tried to get assistants through a local shelter because I couldn't go back to my apartment with my 3 kids. The shelter turned me away saying that I would need to feed and bathe my children before coming there. At this point we were pretty much homeless. I had enough money for a hotel room for the night. My last call was to Safe Places. Angela called me right back. I told her my story. For a week I was in a hotel. She got the shelter that turned me away to pay for my new apartment for 3 months until I was relocated to Texas. She also made sure that we had plenty of food, and clothes. She made sure that my children were taken care of for Christmas that year also. I went to classes at Safe Places, and learned alot about myself, and how to know if a person is an abuser or not. It is funny because now I can be just in Wal-Mart, and can see a couple. I want to grab her so bad when I can tell, and tell her that she can get out of it. The signs are so obivious now with what Angela and Safe Places has taught me. I still to this day keep up with them. They also went to all my court dates with me, and held my hand through it all. They are my angels.

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

They helped to get my apartment paid for, they taught me how to see the signs of an abuser, they helped me to learn to love my self again.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make sure they had more money. They need to have more donations.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that i am a beautiful person that doesn't deserve to be beat.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all i can say is they are awesome and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help alot of woment in crisis in Arkansas.

Ways to make it better...

there is nothing that would have made it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

donations

One thing I'd also say is that...

they are some of the most kind hearted and understand women around. They are there no matter what time of day or night it is.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 18, 2010

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May 18, 2010

My child has struggled with her emotions for the past few months, but now because of the service she receives, she is more outgoing. And I finally felt that someone understands what I'm going through and is actually here to listen and help.

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

The ways I have been empowered to help my child go through a tragic time in her life.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the caring and concern for our well being.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very concerned and supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change a lot more lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

The people at Safe Places have proven themselves to be fully committed to advocacy and service. This is one of the most caring groups of people I have had the privilege to work with. In the face of tremendous cut-backs and the struggle to keep the doors open, they still went above and beyond in their level of service to all clients in need. Thank heavens Arkansas has Safe Places.

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

Their willingness to join in and embrace projects that benefit all victims and service providers in the state.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them a line item on the state budget.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their commitment and compassion.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well trained, compassionate, flexible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

well, the list is long and awesome of what they could accomplish for children, families, victims of abuse in Arkansas.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial barriers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Arkansas is fortunate to have numerous outstanding victim service providers and leaders in the field of advocacy. Kathy Manis-Findly and Safe Places are shining stars in an already superior group.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 14, 2010

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May 14, 2010

I was given the opportunity to serve as Volunteer Photographer for the Princess Program a few years ago. This proved to be a very rewarding experience, as I learned so much about the young ladies - our future!

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in various aspects. I have witnessed their growth over the years.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

I would like to personally say thank you,” Safe Places”, for allowing our youngest daughter to go through your Princess Program last year. I first read about your program through an email I received and at that point I knew it was something she needed to participate in. I called Ms. Angela and from that initial contact, I knew this program would have a positive impact on my daughter’s life just from the sincerity Ms. Angela had for the program, itself. As a Mom, I knew it would be a great opportunity for my daughter because of the leadership skills she could develop and also the community service she would be involved in. My daughter DID NOT want to be a part of the program....at all!! But after the first day, she could not wait to come back. You see, my daughter has been bullied since 6th grade and as parents you hurt for them. Safe Places was an answer to prayer because she got a chance to share her experiences and be around other young ladies who also had similar experiences. She also learned that there are so many forms of bullying. She also got the opportunity to be a part of teaching other young people how to handle situations, similar to her experience. I can not say enough about how wonderful Ms. Angela, Ms. Kathy and the entire staff made her experience in the Princess program one she will never forget. She is now such an advocate that every opportunity she gets to share what she experienced at Safe Places, she does. She also recruits, constantly; potential participates for the Princess program. She has a had a wonderful 8th grade year but not 100% bully free but now she is able to cope with it so much better and help other girls not suffer like she did. The staff at Safe Places were always available to answer not only the young ladies questions but never missed opportunities to keep the parents informed about what was going on. I sincerely appreciate this program for not only existing in this community but for all the hard work that Ms. Kathy, Ms. Angela and all the staff, do to help make things better for so many women and children. We thank God for allowing us to experience some of what Safe Places offers to so many others…a place of comfort and peace. Thank You

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

By my daughter's participation in the Princess Program.

Ways to make it better...

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

only wish that I had a million dollars I could donate in order that they could expand their services and continue to duplicate the wonderful services they are providing to so many others in need!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Wonderful Staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful and concerned

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

DO so many more great things in the community

Ways to make it better...

no complaints..it was really a great experience

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

As with any non-profit organization...more staff

One thing I'd also say is that...

Safe Places is a wonderful organization that is so deserving of so many more wonderful accolades..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

Who could have known that we would be able to find our lives again in Arkansas? There at Safe Places in Little Rock is where the healing began. Our advocate's name tells it all - Angela - a name that comes from the word "angel." And that is definitely what she was for my family. I actually lived in California with my children, and I had been in a shelter for a while after suffering unspeakable domestic violence at the hands of my husband. I was in hiding, and had been for a long time. But the shelter had done all they could do for us and we needed something else. It was my advocate at the California shelter that actually found Safe Places for me when searching for options on the internet. She read all about the services they offered and felt it would be a perfect place for me to go. I emailed the director and found a compassionate listener who made me feel that they would care for me and my children and help us move forward. She probably never thought I would actually travel to Arkansas from California, but after we corresponded several times by email, I felt very safe. I packed up my two children and the few possessions we had and started towards Safe Places. Because I was in hiding from my husband, who had also abused my son, I was careful not to use any credit cards along the way for fear of being traced and found by him. He was powerful and had his ways of finding us no matter where we were. So we arrived, pretty much unannounced, on the steps of Safe Places in Little Rock, a place I never thought I would be. There we found our protective angel, someone who cared for me and my children and met every need we had. We had some very complex needs including medical needs for my son, and our advocate worked tirelessly to meet every one of them. Now, years later, I still remember our advocate as a person who moved heaven and earth to keep us safe. I have had help over many years from many different people, but none were more caring than Angela McGraw.

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

the many, many ways they helped my family take back our lives after horrific violence.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them receive enough funding to help everyone who needs help.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they were knowledgeable about every resource we needed and connected us with them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open, loving and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help every woman and her children that need help.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed in Arkansas.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the limited funding they receive.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Angela was our angel!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

Angela is terrible at returning phone calls and emails. I was often passed off to other advocates. Appointments are not honored or kept a lot of the time. They seem very disorganized and do not have good relationships with other community organizations.

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

I did not have good results. Sorry.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

Serving Latino victims of any crime. I assist victims of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Sexual Assault, Child Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, Labor Trafficking, Homicide and more.

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

seeing clients improve their lives, get educated and break the cycle of violence. They pass along the information, and educate others which can only empower their communities.

Ways to make it better...

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

fulfill their financial needs so the organization could grow and provide even more services in order to reach a greater number of victims.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How caring their are about each individual clients, their professionalism, their dedication, how they respect confidentiality and are sensitive to all client needs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, courteous, sensitive, caring and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach more people in need of victim services, educate more people, increase the staff, create more educational materials, hire interpreters of bilingual personnel, create more awareness through media, fundraising events and more.

Ways to make it better...

There would be more bilingual advocates.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy, that with lack of funds, survival is always difficult and the daily expenses always challenging.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization has to continue it mission because it really impacts the lives of many that without them would continue to be victimized and had nobody to help them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

I have 3 children, who witnessed domestic abuse.. my oldest was also the target child. we came to safe places with deep emotional pains & suffering. The transformation classes for the children & women's group therapy for me was a journey of help & understanding. I have learnt how to look for warning flags in controlling personalities. I have gone through a dark valley & come out of that tunnel renewed, more confident, with a positive outlook & future.

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

their advocating for me in court & protective order.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their attitude to help despite economic hard ship or set backs.. they continue to reach out & want to change the cycle of abuse by providing classes against bullying, "hands are not for hitting" programs to small children..they continue to educate locally.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, compassionate, non judgemental, and understanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

WOW.. Do so much more preventative work to alter & change this cycle of abuse so that behavioural patterns & abuse can stop or change. educating the public that domestic abuse crosses all social economic divides..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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