Who We Are
S.A.F.E. House grew out of an informal collaboration of community women who saw the need for physical safety for women who were being battered. This group developed a network of volunteers who offered their homes as a “safe” house. Battered women were sheltered in private homes, and referred to other community resources for help. In 1976, that energy and commitment paid off in the formation of a new non-profit agency known the Women’s Community Association. It was dedicated and designed specifically to meet the unique needs of battered women. Between 1976 and 1981 shelter and services were provided in first one, then two and then three large houses. In 1986 we moved to our current location, which can shelter 85 people per night.
Today, we offer a wide range of services to both women and men and their children who aren’t safe in their own homes. We believe that survivors are the authority on their lives and that we must be guided by their values and choices in establishing a violence free life. We know that offering a comprehensive array of services and resources is critical in helping people successfully establish violence free lives. Our role is to offer every person that we serve the opportunity and support needed to make the shift from being a “victim” to being a “survivor” of intimate partner violence.