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Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Human Services, Protection Against Abuse, Victims Services, Youth Violence Prevention

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.

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Community Stories

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Places is definitely one of the best. I have several friends that have found help there and they were extremely complimentary of the work of this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places has the very best service anywhere. They worked with me for over two years and I was able to literally change my life from terror to safety.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When things were not going well in my family, Safe Places was always helpful to give me the guidance I needed. I cannot even number the many times they were present with us while we were going through the roughest spots in our lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SSafe Places is important to our community. They are there for their clients.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Safe Places really is a great nonprofit. They have helped me for many years in many ways when I needed help the most. They are always there for me, no matter what. I love their services and their loving spirit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love what Kathy Findley and Safe Places is doing. Having grown up with a verbally abusive alcoholic father myself I truly understand their mission. How much better my pre-teen years might have been had there been a place like "Safe Places" for me. So proud to have been able to be a part of their Cinderella Balls and provide our services to such a great cause.

Sincerely, Karen Garriott- www.princesscarriage.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Safe Places has been rewarding experience where I was able to come to terms with the abuse that I have experienced in my life by helping young girls deal with the destruction of domestic violence. It has open my eyes to the need to be in ministry in that area of social justice, and it gives me hope that organizations like Safe Places exists.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Safe Places. They helped me so much when I needed help the most. I had lost faith in every system, but Safe Places was always there for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy to have worked as a volunteer for this great nonprofit. They have been through a lot, but the services and the compassion never faltered. They have helped me grow and change for the better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Safe Places has been helping my family for many years in ways that no other organization was able to do. The staff has always been sensitive to my needs and given me hope when I had lost hope. I am proud to be both a client and a supporter.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places has always remained on the cutting edge of victim assistance, and is always available to help victims of sexual assault, family violence, child abuse and human trafficking.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

My closest friend is in the third abusive relationship since we've been friends. I lost my best friend from my high school years to domestic violence and come from a family that sees women who don't obey them in adulthood as property absent without leave. I do not want to lose another friend to domestic violence. I know how prevalent it is in our society. I appreciate your site being here because when my friend is going through a rough patch I use this website to remind me of all the things I learned in 1997 when I left my own abusers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to describe how much Safe Places has helped me. i was distraught. No one believed that I had been raped. Even my own family doubted my story. It meant so much that the Safe Places counselor just believed me and made sure I was OK. It was a horrendous experience, but I had the very best advocate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for many years because safe Places did so much for my entire family. I will continue to give substantially to make sure that this organization is able to continue doing the work it does so professionally and with a great deal of heartfelt care. It is very easy for others who do not know to speak ill of another organization, but it is impossible to speak ill of this one when you truly believe they have saved your life and the lives of your children. I urge any and all persons to try to help Safe Places continue for many years into the future through volunteering and giving all that you can. My children are a testament to their work and not just for a few months. We have worked with them for almost eight years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Safe Places for over five years, on an off as I have time. I have observed some of the most experienced staff and volunteers offer wonderful help to so many people. I think every person needs to know what an awesome organization this is and the many ways it helps the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was being bullied in school real bad. Safe Places helped me a lot. I tried to understand why they were doing it and I thought it was because of me. But Safe Places gave me confidence to know that I was OK, and those other kids just had problems that made them feel better about themselves when they put somebody down. Safe Places really listens to us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places is a stellar organization. They are professional, but always accessible to every person that needs them. It really does not matter how someone has been victimized. They are present with quality services.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My children were sexually, physically and emotionally abused their entire lives. Each paid t=for it in a different way. I know know Safe Places and everything they do and I am certain our lives would have been different if there had been a Safe Places.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Places is a fine organization that helps a lot of people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Safe Places is a wonderful organization that helps so many people. I can't say enough about their services and programs for children and youth.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places is the ONLY place I refer my clients who have been victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, or child abuse. They have years of expertise in these areas and have even worked with a young women I referred who is a victim of sex trafficking. They are professionals and experts in the field of victim advocacy. The only ones around with this level of competence.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for almost seven years and there is no other nonprofit anywhere that makes use of what they have and stretches their money like this one. The staff has always worked very hard to serve victims. And they have served so many of them, men and women, boys and girls. I am amazed at their work with children and families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places has been life saving for our family. We have been in the struggles of violence for years, family violence and abuse of our children. Safe Places was there when we needed help and has been there for us every day since if we asked for help.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places is an incredible organization that works with victims of violence, serving children, young people and adults.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Places to me, is exactly what the name says. I had the chance to work with elite experienced staff. I helped teach intervention to at risk teens and could not believe how hard some of the lives of our youth really are. Being able to share my experiences with the group and listen to there problems, I became more than a advocate. To some of the youth I became a confidant, someone they could actually trust. I do believe that Safe Places changes lives for the community and families who believe in the organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Jennifer124

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Beth38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 preachergal

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 1

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I left an abusive relationship in 2009. Even after I left, my abuser continued to visitation to harass me. He later remarried and assaulted his wife in front of our 2yrs old child. Amazingly my son was able to tell me "daddy pushed stepmommy and kick her on the floor". I was able to pull over 15 police reports involving him within the past four years. I immediately stopped all visits and later consulted Safe Places on how to handle supervise visits since there was no court order for visitation. Safe Places Staff were very knowledgeable in this area. Thanks for helping me protect my son.

Rosa G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe places non-profit organization is amazingly wonderful; it's name explains its whole purpose.This organization helped me to not fear to speak up when things are right.Safe Places gave me & my family have peace also it created a safe enviornment.Without this organization I don't know what I could of done to be safe. Safe Plafes deserves all the support It can get because it helps our community.Thank You Safe Places for all your help and support!

1 Adam14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a child psychologist in the Little Rock area, I am so thankful to have Safe Places, Inc. in our community. They provide excellent prevention programs and resources for children who've experienced various forms of abuse. I also appreciate their supervised visitation program, which allows children to spend invaluable time with their parents in a clean, safe, and child-friendly setting. They are a great organization to volunteer for and an incredible resource for our state.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is a client of Safe Places. They have been very helpful in addressing my concerns and helping me to feel at ease with the current situation involving my grandchild. The staff seem to be very compassionate, understanding and intuitive. I know with Safe Places, when I drop my granddaughter off for supervised visits, that they have my granddaughter's safety and best interest at heart. I don't know what we would do without them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Safe places is an organization that is definitely there for the community. The organization has helped countless young ladies in developing much needed self-esteem transformations. I have sponsored Safe Places Cinderella Ball and look forward to sponsoring in the future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I understand all your comments but as a victim you need to do your own research. Under the Freedom of Information Act, I asked the DFA to provide me some information. I could not believed what I received. There are a lot of information to be found. This is unbelievable! The mission is very important to all of us but not when it comes to mismanagement of money. And yes I have been a victim, and I know what pain is. So disappointed....from what could have been the next great organization here in Little Rock.

Julie55

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended group meetings at Safe Places and taken away a lot of valuable insight on my problems from my past. The staff, paid and volunteer, always treated me with the upmost respect. For what time I had there, I am eternally greatful and hope to Give Back soon!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with many victim service organizations as a professional in this field. There are simply none with the range of programs and the quality services of Safe Places. I am not from Arkansas, but they have a gem in Safe Places.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daugther was sexually abused by her step-grandfather. We had no where to turn to get information and/or help. Safe Places was there for us during it all -- all FREE of cost to us. I would highly recommend it to any and all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places has been a God send to me and my family -- I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places consistently advocates for the protection of women, children, and especially young women through their Cinderella program. I am a social worker locally and always have confidence when referring clients to Safe Places. This is an agency that consistently thinks outside of the box to best serve clients, regardless of financieal means or barriers.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This organization is great because I have seen first hand how it has served to help the lives of women. The staff all share a passion to help women who have been victims. The information and instruction they provide for the women is practical. They also provide support, comfort, and along with sincere compassion to the women they work with. They have an excellent curriculum that provides women with steps they need to overcome the things they are facing in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Safe Places since its inception. From teaching new volunteers and staff about subjects such as compassionate care to the Cinderella Ball, I feel that it is a privilege to be able to help women and children. Working as a chaplain in the areas of military and civilian sexual trauma, domestic violence and PTSD, I have made several referrals to Safe Places. The feedback from these women has highlighted what compassionate, skilled and understanding care they received. Perhaps the most important comment I received was, "I finally found someone who will listen." Kathy Findley, the Executive Director has such a heart for women and children. She has perservered even when there was a question about whether or not Safe Places could continue. I am so grateful for such a place and such dedicated people in Central Arkansas.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you're looking for an expert in the field of children and families, Safe Places is the one. Safe Places has a staff of committed professionals who work with victims of violence whether through counseling, support groups, domestic abuse, sessions with children who may be harmed by violence in schools, afterschool programs, or juvenile detention centers. They don't have an 8 to 5 job. They are there for those families day or night. Safe Places staff really cares about children and families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places has wonderful programs and services for children and families harmed by violence. They offer 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling, support groups and long term advocacy for as long as their clients need them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is my second term as a Board Member. I am honored to assist this wonderfun organization change the lives of individuals. The staff are committed, dedicated and persistent in their endeavor to stop the violance for everyone. Kathy Findley, Founder & Director had a vision and continues to make every attenpt to attain the vision of help for victoms of violance. This is a charity that is worth your donation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places is a refuge for women and children in danger.It is great to know we have a program of this caliber in Little Rock serving women and children in crisis. They operate on a shoestring and need ongoing support for their work. Kathy Findley is an inspiration to me and to most anyone who meets her. Her life work is manifested in Safe Places.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was sexually assaulted, her confidence and self-esteem were affected, as well as her ability to trust others. She had difficulty expressing her feelings and experienced many phases of emotional trauma. Some of her feelings were shared by my family, such as grief, loss, anger, fear and helplessness. Safe Places provided the help we needed when we felt that we had no one to turn to. We immediately felt a sense of love and care. The professional manner and expertise we received were exceptional. What a blessing Safe Places has been for our family! Safe Places empowered my daughter and taught her how to recognize and express her feelings. She learned skills to manage her anxiety and regain her self-confidence. Through the whole process, our family became closer and improved our relationships with each other. Thank God for Safe Places! It was a true answer to our prayers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Safe Places has been the only organization in the community that was able to fulfill the needs of our family in a dire situation. Making the time to meet with my children and focusing on what they needed to feel "safe". Thanks to Safe Places for being there when no one else would be.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our homes are supposed to be our safe place but in this world it often does not work out that way. Thanks to Safe Places people seeking refuge can find a haven of safety, love and help. Little Rock has a treasure in Safe Places. It should be supported and protected. If only every community had a Safe Places.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Places does critical work in central Arkansas. Law enforcement and court officials rely heavily on Safe Places, regularly refering victims to the organization. The executive director and her staff care deeply about their clients. They work long hours and with very little pay, and yet they are able to maintain such passion for what they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was helped by Safe Places many years ago, and I still remember the kindness and compassion they showed me. I had been shot several times and was in a coma in the hospital when the advocate came to see me. She was patient and was there for me when I miraculously woke up. Then she started helping me walk one step at a time into a life I thought I had lost.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Safe Places and know the kind of work they do. They help so many women and their children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Safe places does so much good in this community, especially for women and their children who are fleeing from an abusive situation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of my co-workers currently has a daughter being counseled and treated at this facility. She has told me numerous times what a blessing Safe Places has been for her daughter and their entire family. I didn't know anything about this place until she informed me it existed!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Safe Places works so diligently to help all victims of violence and abuse, and many women are empowered to take back their lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Safe Places works hard to make the community a better place and to help women take back their lives and care for their children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places is an organization for families to begin to put the pieces of their lives back together piece by piece. Violence is an ugly monster that has destroyed so many families. Thank God for an organization like this one that understands the cycle of violence and the affects that it has on the family as a whole. The group of professionals at Safe Places have the knowledge, understanding, and compassion to work with the hurting population and allow them to heal at their own pace while they walk alongside them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Safe Places help women regain control and power to live a better life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places is an organization that truly cares about their clients needs and assists them in whatever means are available. Clients served by Safe Places never have to pay for any expenses and advocates work on the client's time schedules. I've never seen an organization as flexible and caring as the people who work for this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an organization that truly cares about the families and the victims. They provide their expertise by assisting their clients with crucial information and care so they can begin a healing process, regardless of their victimization and the best thing is that everything they do is free of charge and that they can assist you for as long as you need it.

The best!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional, I have observed many victim service organizations. Safe Places stands head and shoulders above so many others. It is definitely because of the quality of their work and the professionalism of their staff.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Safe Places is an incredible organization that serves child and adult victims of violence. When someone who has been hurt seeks out their help, the staff is present with them all the way, for as long as they need help. From the time a person is victimized, through the time of trauma, to what is sometimes very difficult court situations, the Safe Places staff is there to help and to stand up for the rights of the victim.

Donor

Rating: 5

Safe Places is a wonderful nonprofit organization that helps women and their children. I am proud to be a monthly donor and help them continue their important work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen Safe Places come from a very small beginning with one unpaid staff member to a vital organization that helps thousands of people through the most qualified staff I have ever see. What they do every day is selfless and compassionate, and they work with great passion for every victim.