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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: To break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling and prevention education in our community.

Programs: Safehome's secure, confidential shelter provided 17,095 nights of shelter to 365 women and children fleeing domestic violence in one calendar year. Access to Safehome's shelter saves countless lives, protects women and children from violence and offers support and hope. Safehome provides daily meals, clothing and personal items, and a private hotel-like room where women and children can begin their recovery. We provide a full range of advocacy resources, including legal, financial, vocational, and parenting classes, access to medical care, and professional counseling. All services are provided at no cost to clients. Victims of domestic violence need more than a safe place to sleep. Their worlds have been turned upside down through emotional, economic, physical and sexual abuse. Safehome's licensed professional therapists, with the help interns, provide over 10,000 hours of counseling. English and spanish speaking therapists work closely with clients to help them break the cycle of domestic violence. Our counselors also work closely with the district attorney and local law enforcement to provide immediate crisis intervention counseling to domestic violence victims identified as being in "high lethality" situations. Safehome provides a wide range of services in the community to identify victims of domestic violence and help them access the services they need. Hospital advocates train medical personnel to screen for domestic violence and to assist them. Advocates and trained volunteers respond to victims in crisis within 30 minutes, sometimes when their abuser is in the waiting room. Safehome's community outreach also helps victims through the complex and stressful legal process, advising them and sitting with them as they face their abusers. Safehome also maintains a 24/7/365 crisis hotline with trained personnel to respond to callers seeking help.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I did not come to Safehome with the intention of 'getting' anything. Safehome did not give me my job, or my home, or even my citizenship; but what Safehome has given me is even more powerful. Safehome gave me myself. Safehome empowered me to believe in myself and to love myself, which made it possible for me to do all of these other things on my own. Even more, Safehome saved my life by teaching me that my life is valuable and that life can be beautiful, once I found the strength to live instead of merely survive.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 1

As I read these reviews, I notice they all have one thing in common... Victims/ clients aren’t leaving reviews. Well finally one is. The shelter itself is quite nice for a shelter. You get your own room and it’s clean and should be fully working. Anything that needs fixed tell maintenance, they’re very good about fixing things quickly and efficiently. There’s roaches of course, communal living. I suppose it’s inevitable. However if none of the residents do the dishes, they will reside in the sink until you do them. Staff will not touch them. Now to the juicy stuff. There’s a few people who work in the hotline that are friendly and helpful, the majority however are rude and give you regular, frequent reminders that they are better than you. Actually, now that I think of it, that’s ubiquitous. And the higher you get the worse it is. Hotline management shouldn’t even work in an animal shelter, they can sense when a person has malicious intent. Higher management you typically never see, but if you do, they’re just introducing theirselves because they’ve heard something from someone and their role is to threaten you with being exited from the program if you don’t do as they say. A couple of the advocates are great. The majority are awful. Don’t count on them to help you. If you need a social security card, birth certificate, new ID, help with your budget, or if you just need to talk, don’t count on them to return your calls. Don’t count on them to answer the phone ever either. I’ve had an entire month where I didn’t even hear from my Advocate despite making over 20 calls (24 to be exact) and leaving 16 voicemails. Kelli, Ana, Elizabeth and Sarah are wonderful. Teresa, Kelsey, Stephanie, Alesha, Adrienne, Krista, and so many more are just terrible. If staff likes you, you’re probably fine. If you have children or a personality and don’t walk around crying and sad with a victim mentality then trust me, they’ll remind you that you’re a victim and bring you right back down where they want you. All in All, it’s probably what you’re supposed to experience at a shelter. You get punished for finding yourself in this situation. As if you knew your husband, after multiple children would start beating you and become incredibly controlling. Stay strong ladies. And God Bless you. Hopefully I survive this place. Only a couple more months. To the website, I don’t feel comfortable using my real email. I don’t know if they can see it and I have to sleep here. I wouldn’t feel safe at all if they knew I was a whistle blower. But this review is very real and should be posted to help someone else.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safehome is a wonderful organization, each month they come out and teach our participants about Healthy Relationships. They have made a wonderful impact in the lives of so many people. We appreciate their partnership and how they educate countless families and individuals.
Tanika Edmonds, Public Speaker, Training Facilitator at Connections to Success

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer in the hotline for a couple of years and have really been humbled. The ladies who work in the hotline have great patience and compassion for the ladies and their children. I have been honored to be able to be of assistance to both the gals working and the clients.

I am a middle school teacher and have had the awesome opportunity to bring my students to volunteer at SafeHome. Someone always explains the role of SafeHome and how, as young people, they can begin to make wise choices in how they treat one another.

I would highly recommend this rewarding volunteer opportunity to anyone who lives in Johnson County.

Review from Guidestar

Marilyn40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here for 12 yrs. I served in many positions. The most impact I made was running the Holiday Store. It involved many hours but I felt rewarded for doing it. Currently I am assisting with the monthly tours to introduce people to what Safe=home is accomplishing.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteer as the courthouse as a victim advocate. I really feel that I am helping victims of domestic abuse by providing useful information about domestic violence as well as resources to help them through the process. At the end of the day, I feel that I did something good for the victims and the community.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that Safehome has been doing so much good for thousands of people. It is an honor to be involved with them. Also it gives me skills that can help so many more in other volunteer organizations that I am helping with.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Safehome for over two years, and I am continually struck by how kind and caring the employees are to the residents, the volunteers, and to each other. It is such a positive environment. And each time I am there, I leave feeling as if I have really contributed something.

Review from Guidestar

Carol154

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a domestic abuse survivor myself before the days of safe shelters, I selected SAFEHOME because it means so much to me to see how so many women and children are saved by the help they receive from SAFEHOME. I had a safe home to go to, my parents home, but I was really in need of help to restore my self esteem/worth, and went through years of counseling. I selected SAFEHOME to volunteer for when I retired. As a volunteer, I have never experienced such an appreciative staff for volunteer work. I volunteer at the front desk, and every time I'm there several staff members give me a "Thank you for being here." Those words sound so good to me because it makes me feel that I am truly contributing to a huge need in all of our communities. Everyone is very professional, and very friendly. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made to volunteer at SAFEHOME, and I can empathize with the clients that come to SAFEHOME and hope that I'm an inspiration to them.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the years I have known about and volunteered for Safehome, I have watched it expand its mission of helping abused women with a wide array of services seeking to end the cycle of abuse. It was the story about a woman who showed up at the shelter needing help who said she knew where to find the shelter because she had been there as a child. I am in awe of the work performed by the dedicated professionals and volunteers at Safehome and the kind and caring manner in which they carry out their mission. I am honored and proud to be able to assist them in any way that I can.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a long time volunteer for SAFEHOME and am finishing my second term on the Board. I have seen the shelter grow from an old home with an amazing level of service for such a small outdated place to a wonderful facility with room to shelter 50+ victims per night and serve so many more with counciling, legal services, transitional living and so much more! I am proud to serve and support this organization and will continue to do so for years to come!

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a board member of SAFEHOME in January 2014. Since coming onto the board, I am very impressed with the professionalism of all of the board members as well as the very high level of fiscal oversight exercised by the board. I have had the opportunity to attend several events with staff members, and have seen for myself how dedicated and helpful they are.

Review from Guidestar