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.
I have been involved with Project Safe since the late 1990's -- donating funds, items for the Thrift Shop and also vitally needed shelter supplies from the "needs list". I have also attended many area fundraising and awareness events. Everyone I have dealt with over the years (staff, volunteers) have been very sincere and appreciative. They truly have a heart and passion to help others. Reading the Newsletters and Annual Reports, one is struck by the huge impact Project Safe has on victims of domestic violence throughout the Athens and surrounding communities. I was very impressed to know that my donations would truly benefit those in need. Per PSI's mission statement, "90 cents of every dollar contributed to Project Safe goes to programs and services directly benefiting battered women and children." THIS is the kind of honest and dedicated organization I will continue to support. Thanks for all you do, Project Safe!