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Safe Places Little Rock

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, I believe that there is no better organization to invest in. I have seen their work with children and young people and it is truly amazing. Their many ways of empowering women who have been abused have created genuine change in lives and in families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Safe Places a few weeks ago searching for help and support for severe sexual abuse as a child. From day one I have had nothing but support and help. The staff have helped tremendously.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to safe places through the clinic I was going to for my anorexia. They didn't know about my sexual abuse so they recommended Safe Places. A few months later I stopped going to the clinic due to conflict and lack of trust, yet I've continued to come here and it seems to help me more than the clinic ever did. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Felt there were issues affecting her eating disorder not being addresses that were really an important factor. (Review entered by a GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of the reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 2

It's calm and no one is going to get me. I'm happy when I come here. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They're great helpers! They helped me to stop getting bad. I learned good touch and bad touch. (Entered by GreatNonprofits staff member on behalf of the reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 1

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I walked into Safe Places terrifed crying not sure what I was going to do. My ex had tried to kill me and had been mentally emotionally as well as physcially abusive. Thru group support I walked away stronger on the path to healing. Thru the support of the advocates I was able to learn how to make healthier choses to begin to trust in myself to work thru my co dependancy issues which had plague me most of my life. Thanks to the Safe Places I am healthier and continue to become healthier each and every day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with Safe Places has been one that is empowering, empathetic, thought provoking, spiritually uplifting, and personally and professionally inspiring. The individuals that I meet on a daily basis despite their trauma's have all played an enormous part in my growth as an advocate, counselor, facilitator, and motivator. I am so blessed to meet individuals who have decided to speak out and receive support and take back the control that was once robbed from them. It is humbling and out of respect for the many that I see and talk too, that I am able to extend myself in support of this organization and the individuals that cross our doorstep or call our hot-line. I also can't say how much I respect and admire the ladies that I work with who extend themselves above and beyond the call of duty. We BELIEVE!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working at Safe Places for 5 years and it has been the most remarkable experience in my life. It's such an honor to walk with people during their healing process after violence has affected their lives. Our staff are professionals with a desire to help people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had left for college this past fall and partied a lot. A week before winter break I went to a party where my friends left me. I was raped by a guy I kinda knew. I was really in shock and didn't know what to do. The support on campus suggested that I find someone close to my home so I continued to receive help during winter break. Not only was Safe Places helpful they have continued to be supportive since I returned back to school, which by the way, I wouldn't of went back without their support. I didn't want to face him and was scared but I was able too and I'm getting stronger every day.

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Donor

Rating: 5

After finding out that my daughter was the victim of sexual abuse, I was shocked at the lack of available help. With the opening of Safe Places, our city now has a wonderful resource for information, counseling, and support. I am particularly impressed with the education they provide to help the next generation solve this epidemic. I am blessed to be able to offer monthly financial support to this worthy cause. I feel very strongly in the importance of their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Places is a nonprofit that fills in the gaps when needs are unmet. When the Womens Shelter was on the brink of closing, the stepped in to help the victims. When the state was at risk of losing the Sex Abuse Hotline, they stepped in to take it over. They do more for the community and the state of Arkansas than most anyone will ever realize. The staff works hard, behind the scenes to meet the needs of the voices and victims that no one wants to discuss. They are rebuilding lives and empowering women, with great success, one client at a time, and their work is nothing short of miraculous!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming across Safe Places in a time of my life when I was searching for a place to put my talents to work was a

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Places empowers women and children to take control back in their lives. By serving clients who have experienced severe trauma, either through domestic or sexual violence, Safe Places provides a safe and comfortable place to express fears and hopes. The staff is completely client- centered, and works to meet immediate needs and help plan for future goals. I truly believe there is no other agency in the Little Rock area that provides services to such a broad population. Safe Places deals with the after effects of violent crimes, and works with community organizations to prevent future violence. This holistic approach shows the center's dedication to ending violence against men, women, and children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was incarcerated and the director of Safe Places came to the jail each week to teach classes on trauma. My life had a lot of trauma from the time I was a child. I learned so much about how to respect myself and forgive myself in those classes. When I was released, I went to counseling there every week. I got my daughter back from foster care, got a job, and took back my life. Even today, Safe Places is there for me if I need anything, and now my daughter is also a part of their violence prevention programs for children.