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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Spouse Abuse Prevention

Mission: Working to end domestic violence through crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services, systems change advocacy and prevention and education in the community.

Results: So far this year 85% of clients achieved their housing goal or safe housing, 65% of clients achieved their employment goals, 85% achieved their other goals. 96% of clients report having strategies to enhance their safety, and 95% report gaining knowledge of community resources.

Programs: Domestic violence support and assistance programs

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served at project safe and it was an amazing experience! We were able to clean and organize things around the store and worked with amazing people! I learned a lot about project safe and the work that they do to help people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been an amazing resource for the community, and is also an incredible way for those interested in learning more about Athens, and the social issues that affect its community. The issue of domestic abuse, especially considering how its numbers have increased during the pandemic, is not discussed as much compared to other prominent social justice issues, so it is great to see an organization have such a comprehensive solution for such a big issue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe truly cares about the people they serve and go above and beyond to meet people where they are. I have gotten a better understanding of how social workers should uphold the social work ethics and values because each staff member I have worked with at Project Safe portrays the NASW values. They treat the people at Project Safe with dignity and respect. Project Safe works so hard to provide adequate resources and support to individuals and families experiencing domestic violence. From my perspective as a volunteer, this nonprofit and exceeding my expectations and is doing really great work in the Athens community!

Regan Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at Project Safe!! Their mission really means so much to me. Each person who I have come in contact with who works with Project Safe is so passionate about serving the women in the Athens community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

project safe hits so close to home and is doing amazing things for people that are needing help getting away from a bad situation. they genuinely care about helping and they truly want everyone who comes through them to thrive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe is the absolute best nonprofit I’ve ever worked with. And I’ve worked with my fair share. Their unmatched passion to help others and incredible leadership set them apart. Their involvement in the community to not only reach people who may need help but also to spread awareness for the cause as a whole is breathtaking. They work so hard 24/7 and it’s amazing to watch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe is an unbelievably amazing organization from its staff, its mission, Its intraorganizational support, and holistic passion for uniquely helping each client to ensure their safety, rehabilitation, and success. I had the wonderful opportunity of working for Project Safe as the fatality review intern over the past year, and gained a great deal of experience, knowledge, and support from my fellow staff members. I truly felt as though all of my work was purposeful, helpful, and intentional with regards to Project Safe's mission, and felt as though my work and personal well-being were fully supported by not only those I directly worked with, but by members of the staff all throughout the organization. Project Safe is abundant with passionate individuals of all backgrounds ready to dedicate themselves to individuals seeking support, help, and safety! I could not have asked for a better experience as a staff member of Project Safe, and am beyond thankful that this organization exists for members of our community to turn to.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am currently serving as the Community Service Chair for UGA's Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law organization and recently facilitated a virtual Zoom presentation for our members in which Stephanie Molkentin joined our organization to educate us about both domestic violence in general as well as the many amazing services Project Safe provides. It was an extremely educational, inspiring, and necessary presentation that equipped us as members of the community to be more aware of the very real and prevalent problem regarding domestic violence as well as actions we can take to serve those who may be in need of support. Having worked with Project Safe numerous times, I can truly say this is an extraordinary organization that best serves those in need of various types of support in response to their very difficult situations.

1 Naomi S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning with Project Safe was the best experience I could have asked for! I was able to learn so much about communication, boundaries, communication, and so much more. Project Safe employees truly cares about each and every client they have, whether it be someone they work with for minutes or for years. I am able to help direct and serve people in ways I didn't know I was capable of. I recommend anyone who can work with Project Safe does so!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved working with Project Safe Inc this summer. I have been continually impressed with the way things operate in the organization. It was always encouraging to see how the funding they receive goes straight to helping their clients whether it is picking up medicine, paying for a Lyft, or filling up someone's tank. I had several experiences where other domestic violence non-profits would send client to the Project Safe Hotline because they know the operators are willing to go the extra mile. The work environment is also very encouraging, the staff made walking into an intense job very approachable. I knew there was always someone to talk to or consult with if i was struggling or had questions. The staff also pushed me out of my comfort zone but with the reassurance that they were there to help no matter what. One of the things that makes Project Safe so special is the collaboration between staff members, they are constantly helping and encouraging one another and handle conflict well to make sure that they are doing the best thing for the client and the organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience at Project Safe. It is extremely well organized and all of the advocates and staff and administration are in total sync when it comes to decision making and how to best serve clients. It has been a great place to learn from a lot of great people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Project Safe. When I first moved to Athens three years ago, I asked folks for a non-profit recommendation that I could support and several people pointed me to Project Safe.

Since then, I've gotten to know much more of what its organizers do, not only helping survivors of abuse but educating our city as a whole on how we can all be part of a healing community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up to volunteer with Project Safe last year, and I was so impressed by Project Safe's operation and volunteer training. Volunteers partake in a weeklong training session where they learn not only about the organization's work but also the history of domestic abuse legislation in the United States and in Georgia. This puts Project Safe's work in an important context. I didn't expect to come away with such a nuanced understanding of the dynamics of abusive relationships, which prepared me to volunteer. Given my understanding now of the need for services for survivors of domestic abuse, Project Safe seems an invaluable asset to this community.

1 Keith W.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a child raised in domestic violence, I understand firsthand the fear and anxiety this causes the victim, but sadly the children. I am grateful for organizations like this who provide resources and empower those who decide to leave abusers. As a local volunteer, I find the website JW.org extremely useful in giving victims of abuse hope. I use the search bar and type in domestic violence and a plethora of free articles display. I have attached a picture of my favorite article.

May you victims and volunteers keep displaying courage & love!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE volunteering with Project Safe! Everyone involved is so kind and welcoming, and they create a great day-to-day environment. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who is interested.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The thrift store for Project Safe is amazing and their mission is really shown through the compassion from their staff. Everyone in Project Safe truly cares about helping others and teaching about healthy relationships! This organization is amazing and I love everything that they stand for and do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Volunteers from Project Safe took time out of their busy lives to present to our organization and answer any questions we had about their role in our community. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff!

Ayana A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is extremely helpful and gives a lot of information on domestic violence. They came to speak to our fraternity and they have given all of us an enlightening experience. I most definitely will continue to support this non profit beyond my college years.

Livia Lanier G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello,
I cannot speak highly enough about Project Safe. Each worker is extremely genuine, hardworking, and knowledgable. They work so tirelessly to help others and benefit the community. I volunteered as a child care provider at Project Safe and loved getting to play with the sweet children. During our training session, we were given lots of information about how to interact with the children in the best way possible to make them feel comfortable and cared for. They have so many outreach opportunities to maximize benefits for our community. I am honored to be a volunteer for such an incredible organization.

Camilla K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe is a phenomenal nonprofit with an excellent staff. They truly care so much about all of their clients and the fight against domestic violence. They do their best to support & advocate for their clients through countless services, as well as spreading education on healthy/unhealthy relationships & domestic violence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe Inc. is dedicated to serving those who have been victims of, or are survivors of, domestic violence. Project Safe recognizes the need for support and empathy during this time in a victim's life, and does whatever is necessary to meet the victim/survivor where they are in that time of need. When dealing with a nonprofit, sometimes the service is just not available to someone when they need it due to space or funding. But at Project Safe if a resource is not available or they are unable to provide what someone needs, the advocates make sure they find it elsewhere to ensure no victim/survivor goes without.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible organization with the sweetest volunteers and an incredible selection of items! I always leave feeling happy about my purchases and the cause I am supporting.

Courtney K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission of Project Safe is very near and dear to my organization's members at the University of Georgia. As a leader within UGA's Student Merchandising Association, I have fostered a relationship with the Project Safe Thrift Store to assist with their social media engagement and visual merchandising. Not only has this provided great opportunities for our members to gain experience in retailing, we have also been able to have a hand in connecting with our college town's community and supporting survivors of domestic abuse. It is a pleasure volunteering with Project Safe as each employee is passionate, hardworking, and welcoming to every volunteer from our organization. Our work with Project Safe has been one of the most fulfilling experiences for our organization as we know how much of an impact Project Safe has on the Athens community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of interning at Project Safe this summer. While COVID prevented us interns from being able to come in person, I have been able to assist with a wide array of services. These services range from working on the Breaking Silence Textline for teens, to working alongside the Georgia Fatality Review. Knowing that every day I am able to contribute to bettering a survivors life or helping initiate the change needed makes me feel like I am able to contribute to my society. It is widely apparent that each and every staff at Project Safe is committed and driven to help every human they come into contact with, no matter what! The training I underwent provided me with so much information and with a new outlook on how we should view those in need, all while preventing bias. Even though interning in this field can sometimes be emotionally draining, the staff is amazing at checking in and making sure that us as interns are given safe spaces to express their concerns or stress. Everyone acts as a family and because of that, we are able to get things done efficiently and prioritize the survivor as well. Overall, I've had an amazing experience I'll never forget!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at Project Safe as an intern, I have loved the atmosphere that the staff has created around the organization. Everyone that I have met is kind and thoughtful, and they all care so much about their work and its potential impact on their clients. Our Athens community is a better place with Project Safe and their many resources to help protect survivors from domestic violence. I'm so glad that I chose to intern with them!

Jessica M.21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at Project Safe as an intern and immediately loved the environment. The staff is thoughtful, genuine, and considerate in everything they do. They truly care for the cause and each client they serve. All members of Project Safe work closely together to foster collaboration and innovation in their services. The Athens community is a better place thanks to Project Safe and all the kind people involved in the organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I interned with Project Safe for a year and they’re a wonderful nonprofit! From the mission to the people, Project Safe is changing the lives of Georgia residents and making the world a better place. Every employee works hard to support victims of domestic violence, whether that be through legal support, advocacy, or just helping someone in the Thrift Store. I was so lucky to work with them and I learned so much from the amazing staff!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Project Safe is the one of the most stable organizations in Athens and does great work supporting individuals and families as well as raising awareness in the region. Excellent and amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at Project Safe, Athens, GA is incredible! They work very hard for their clients and I look forward to the wonderful work they will do in the future!

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Safe staff and volunteers work daily to fulfill their mission of ending domestic violence. The organization uses it's resources carefully, and responds with compassion and creativity to their callers and clients. I'm proud to donate each year to Project Safe, and wish I could give more.

Larrel W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe is extremely passionate about helping survivors of domestic violence. They are knowledgable and strive to advocate for all clients.

Ava A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe's mission is clear and apparent in ever single one of their actions. They are committed to helping end domestic violence in our community and throughout the state. I have volunteered at many non-profit organizations and I can safely say Project Safe has been the most organized. I can't wait to see the continued impact they have on this community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project safe is a selfless organization that does a lot of great work for the community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project Safe has so many services for victims of domestic violence. Everything you might need, they either provide or have referrals for. I've really had a positive experience working with Project Safe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a student at the University of Georgia, and I'm interning with Project Safe. I am over-joyed with my position, I'm so happy I got placed here at PSI. The level of professionalism, while dealing with the seriousness of our cause has really broadened my understanding of non-profits and just helping organizations in general. All staff are extremely knowledgeable and understanding, and I'm so glad that this is the place of one of my first real steps towards my career.

1 Daria C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern with Project Safe and had an overwhelmingly positive experience with this non-profit. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and most importantly, dedicated to ending domestic violence in Athens. Day-to-day I observed how well-run and responsible this organization is. I frequently overheard and participated in conversations around what could be changed to better serve clients in the future and then saw the follow-through. It comes as no surprise to me that Project Safe is one of the most well-regarded organizations in Athens.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a student at the University of Georgia and have previously interned at Project Safe. My time there was an absolute pleasure. The staff and volunteers that work with Project Safe are dedicated to ending domestic violence within the community. Project Safe is one of the most highly regarded nonprofit organizations in Athens and with good reason! I am excited to see what this organization does in the future!

Maddi K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved my time at Project Safe. The staff made each of the volunteers feel like part of the team. There is SO much good done in each facet and they are truly excellent stewards of each donation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The employees truly care about the clients and about raising awareness for domestic violence. The services they provide are incredibly beneficial to victims and survivors. They also care for and show appreciation for their volunteers. Domestic violence is so prevalent in our society and they want to make that known so our community can make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe does a good job of being flexible with clients and their needs. Something that I really admire is that they are not super rigid in their services and are willing to help in any way possible. Project Safe really does put the clients and the population served first, even when accepting funds from grants or other constituencies. I love that Project Safe also gets out into the community to help raise awareness for domestic violence and attempt to make real change happen.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have interned with Project Safe for the past two months as part of my degree program for school. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them and seeing the impact that they have on members of the community. Project Safe not only does a wonderful job serving people who are dealing with domestic violence, but is also a supportive and fun work environment. I'm very thankful to be working with Project Safe this year and would fully recommend them to anyone seeking their services or anyone wanting to partner with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern with Project Safe. Even though I have only been there for a few months, I already feel like I have learned so much not only about domestic violence but also about the best ways to go about empowering and supporting those we are serving. The people I have worked with are clearly passionate about what they do. They have challenged me to grow, but have shown a great deal of compassion as well. It has been a joy getting to watch every single person involved do something they love, and walk alongside people that often feel they are not worthy of being heard.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've loved interning with Project Safe - every single employee there is so dedicated and loves the cause. I have learned so much from everyone there, and I know I'll always have someone to ask for advice whenever I start my career.

Emily S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've helped Project Safe as a volunteer and then as an intern, and all my experiences with them have been fulfilling and professional!

Sydney R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe is a wonderful resource for people who have experienced domestic violence. It is a well-respected organization in the community. Project Safe has offered many opportunities for me to help give back. I have enjoyed being a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose to volunteer with Project Safe because of its focus on removing women (and, at times, children) from violent domestic environments. While I support other nonprofits through finical contributions, I volunteer my time with Project Safe because I believe that its mission is both vital and a tragic necessity of our modern world. Project Safe is vital in the sense that it provides a safe shelter and metaphorical space for women who have been betrayed and abused by those closest to them. Project Safe is a tragic nonprofit in the sense that it is tragic that any such organization is still needed in this day and age when technological and social advancements should have made domestic violence a dark component of our uncivilized past, not a far too common reality of our present condition. As a man who was raised to respect women (and all peoples regardless of race, gender, orientation, or religion) and treat them with equality and civility, it angers me when I consider what these women have endured and the arduous journey toward reclaiming their lives that they now face. As long as such organizations are needed, I will support them, and I regard Project Safe as an outstanding contributor to the betterment of our society and a representation of social action designed to illuminate a serious and disturbing reality of the modern world

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I finished my year long internship with Project Safe this past May. Non profits are messy and complicated, but I found otherwise at Project Safe. The mission behind their work is clear and everything they do is filtered by their reason why! From the executive director down to each child that enters their services, the desire for the organization is clear. Money coming in and money going out is monitored, used, spent and donated according to the needs of the men, women and children needing their assistance. The staff members believe in one another and it translates to the way they care for survivors of domestic violence. Project Safe is unique because it works to end domestic violence on all levels of system change. I could not say more about how wonderful this organization is!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe is an outstanding organization. The staff and management are professional, and excellent at what they do. Dedicated to ending domestic violence, Project Safe works tirelessly going above and beyond what might seem possible. I am proud to have been a part of this organization and the work that they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was an intern for Project Safe and loved my experience! I learned so much from every staff member. They work hard every day to create safe living situations for every person in their service area (and across the state)!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a junior at the University of Georgia and have been volunteering with Project Safe as a childcare provider since my freshmen year. I have always found working with them to be fulfilling and I have so much admiration for the work they do. The only critique I possess is one of the community for not doing more (the MOST) for this wonderful nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Safe has been a great experience for me as a mentor to victims of domestic violence. It cares deeply about its clients and is easy to work with for volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've served on Project Safe's Domestic Violence Task Force since 2006. At present, I serve on the Fatality Review sub-committee. I also volunteer to provide meals for various functions sponsored by Project Safe and have also helped with manpower needed for an annual show.

It is very rewarding to give back to an agency that helps so many needy families.

Donor

Rating: 5

Project Safe is so much more than a shelter. This organization had its roots as a hot line and has grown in scope and services. Project Safe provides advocacy for people affected by DV -- people who rarely have a voice themselves in front of legislators and policy-makers. The staff provide community outreach, educating many groups across our community and region. They have created a texting service with area teens who can get free guidance and help with dating and other uncomfortable social situations. Housing, transportation and counseling services help scores of women, children and families every year to break free from the chains of control and violence, to find shelter and healing, and to build pathways to health and independence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project Safe is one of the rare non-profits that I've worked with that focus so much of the funding to the actual mission of the non-profit. It's amazing what can be done when the focus of the non-profit is actually on helping people. A surprising amount can be done with a small amount of funding and Project Safe is a perfect example of those results.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I recently became a volunteer, my first volunteer duty was great! Project Safe has come a long way since their former days. They have a wonderful system set up to meet the needs of those who really need it. I will continue to support and volunteer my time for such a worthy cause.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In my decade-plus involvement with Project Safe, first as a participant in some of the organizations fundraisers, and now as a board member, I can honestly say I have not come across a more well-run, fiscally-responsible organization. What Project Safe does with the funds, staff and other resources they have far outpaces other organizations much larger than them. Their stellar leadership, creative approach to fundraising and comprehensive support of the people they serve are unparalleled. I wish every community had an organization like Project Safe, and I know we are lucky that we do!

Donor

Rating: 5

They do a good job...........................................................

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with project safe thrift shop in athens, ga. It is an awesome feeling knowing that such a large percentage of each solar goes back to help the battered women in our community leave dangerous relationships and become safe with their children! Makes my heart warm!

Kitty Williams D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Project Safe Thrift Store, which provides items for clients and raises funds for the work done by Project Safe. They are always organized and ready for volunteers to help. It is very satisfying to help with an organization that does such improtant work that is needed in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am part of a church that volunteers with Project Safe in a couple of ways. We work at their Thrift Store quarterly and do whatever they need us to do. They are always so organized--with a list of things that need to be done. We feel our time spent is both worthwhile and enjoyable.

We also take a monthly meal for their client meeting. They help us know what the needs are and are always so appreciative--which makes a volunteer feel good!

Project Safe does such important work in the Athens area, and it is a pleasure to help a group that does their work so well. We always know that they use their resources wisely, and make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Project Safe for several years and have done all levels of involvement, from assisting a client in need with moving out of an unsafe environment to dressing nicely at one of the annual fund raisers.

Everyone I've ever dealt with at Project Safe has been professional, dedicated, and passionate about the work being done. This is so important when you are working with clients who are often at the lowest point emotionally in their lives. Few people seek out Project Safe because things are going well. People seek out services because something has gone terribly wrong. The Project Safe staff and volunteers meet clients where they are and work tirelessly to ensure immediate safety and long term education.

Joan Prittie runs a tight ship and I hope to offer my volunteer services to Project Safe for a long time to come.

Julie281

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Project Safe over the summer as a Direct Service Intern. Through my time with them, I got the opportunity to work directly with survivors of domestic violence. Project Safe was able to help their clients feel secure, assist them in their healing process, and provide for their needs. This experience also opened my eyes to different ways to help not only our clients at Project Safe, but also with other individuals and organizations in the community to bring awareness to this issue.

Lee E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project Safe is doing amazing things in the Athens, GA area. Working to end Domestic Violence, using volunteers, and having a store to use and sell items in Athens. We are so grateful to have them!

Kaelie A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Project Safe Inc. I get to see the face of DV up close and personal. I see the bruises, the scars, the emotional damage, and more. But what I also get to see is strength, bravery, and hope for a better future. I see incredible women who inspire me every day. It's a really awesome experience to work with Project Safe and be there to support in their fight.

Gwen13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former Mayor of Athens, my work with Project Safe Thrift Shop has revealed some of the most resourceful and industrious people I have ever met. Grandmothers and mothers preparing for new children. Parents seeking status brands for picky teenagers and students supplementing Hope scholarships. Loved ones determined to find better gifts. Amateur entrepreneurs gathering goods for yard sales. Not a business, the Project Safe Thrift Shop operates as a service. Donations find their way to a future of appreciation and life enhancement. With every hour I feel joy in helping.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with them over a year, and I being able to see the dedication of everyone there towards those who need them.