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SAFE is a merger of SafePlace and Austin Children's Shelter. We serve survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation. We work to Stop Abuse For Everyone.

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IRS EIN:74-2320657
Phone Number:512-927-4757
Address:P.O. Box 19454
Austin, TX 78760
To our Partners in the Community

Why we're better together

We are The SAFE Alliance, a merger of the Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace, and we believe that we must stop abuse for everyone - SAFE.

These two long-standing, community agencies first came together in 2011 to talk about the intersections between sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence. We didn't begin this process thinking we would eventually merge, but as our understanding grew and the commonality of our missions, purposes, and people we serve became clearer, we became ever more committed to a comprehensive and holistic way of addressing violence and abuse across individuals, families, communities, and generations.

In 2016, The SAFE Alliance emerged as the completion of our five-year journey. Stories like Maryann's in this annual report demonstrate how individual lives are improved, systemic outcomes are enhanced, and generations are impacted through our work to address violence and abuse in a holistic, trauma-informed, and survivor-centered way.

SAFE is helping to ensure that survivors can heal, adults can learn to be better parents, children have a better chance at a happy and stable future, and the cycle of abuse can be stopped sooner. The services we offered prior to the merger were very effective, but we've learned so many lessons since then that have enabled us to expand and improve our services even more. As a result, great things are happening for the children, adults, and families we serve. Things we never could have achieved without merging our efforts.

And we're just getting started.

Thank you for being our partner in this work. Thank you for joining us in this endeavor. Together we are saving lives, changing our community and our world. And we certainly couldn't have turned our visionary merger into a reality without your continued support. When we knew it was time to change and adapt to better serve our clients and the community, you changed with us. Thanks to you, we're even better together.

Impact Statement

The SAFE Alliance (SAFE) was created when founding partners, Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace came together to address the epidemic of violence in our homes and communities. These two longstanding agencies joined forces to break down the silos historically separating child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault services. These issues usually exist simultaneously, or sequentially, in the lives of the people we serve.

In 2016, SAFE:

-Served 6,268 individuals on two residential campuses and through community-based programs
-Answered 13,207 SAFE hotline calls from Central Texans in crisis
-Saw 83% of youth in the Transitional Living Program at ACS progress towards academic and/or vocational goals
-Helped 95% of people leaving the SafePlace shelter exit to a safe place
-Taught 179 youth in a trauma-informed setting at SAFE's Kozmetsky Charter School
-Supported 584 sexual assault survivors- 100% of those receiving services at SAFE's Eloise House did so free of charge
-Educated 1,086 youth through the Expect Respect teen dating abuse prevention program in 46 Austin area schools
-Found that 98% of youth participating in Expect Respect were more motivated to speak up about abuse or harassment
-Served 1,167 kids and parents through Strong Start, a child abuse prevention program
-Successfully placed 32 children in foster homes

Needs Statement

$25 - 2 hours of after school activities
$50 - 1 month of legal advocacy for 1 survivor
$75 - 1 month of life skills training for 1 survivor
$100 - 1 day of sexual assault survivor support services
$250 - 1 day of security for our campus
$500 - 14 hours of counseling
$750 - 1 month of life skills training for 10 survivors
$1,000 - 10 days of food for everyone in shelter
$1,500 - 100 SAFE hotline calls
$2,500 - 65 nights of safety for a family

"SAFE assigned me an amazing parent coach who worked tirelessly with me and my daughter. She showed my daughter how to calm herself by blowing bubbles (which is a sneaky way to get her to take a breath!). Talk about her feelings. Set boundaries. She helped me reconnect with my daughter. To this day, when my daughter draws a picture of her family, it has mommy, daddy, and our Strong Start parent coach in it." --M.


"When I arrived at ACS, I was six months pregnant and had just been removed from my home because my family wasn't in a good place. I've always been close with my family, and it was really difficult to be away from them while pregnant. Looking back, I now know that ACS was the best place for me to be. You see, before coming here, I didn't see a future for myself. Now that I'm leaving ACS, I see that I can do anything in the world, and the sky is the limit! My promise to the ACS staff is that I'm headed for greatness. At my graduation ceremony, I was asked by my classmates to deliver a speech, which was a day I thought I'd never see. Now, I'm so excited to continue with my life plans and to attend college in the fall. After spending the past year and half of my life at ACS, I can safely say that my experience here was amazing, and I'm never going to forget this place or the wonderful staff. I say "staff," and it doesn't even feel right, because the staff are more like family to me and my son. Without the relationships I formed at ACS, I honestly wouldn't be where I am today." --Abby


"This year no drama, no police, no fights... just a happy mom and child. I wanted to tell you thank you for everything you, Maya, the shelter and SafePlace in general did to help us through this crisis. I know I stumbled through and made some mistakes during the process of leaving, but if you guys had not been there, I cannot image how Josiah and I might be living right now. The things I know now for future relationships and about keeping myself and my son safe are priceless. Thank you for not turning your backs on me, for being patient and for SAVING OUR LIVES!" --Jules

Match Amount

St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2017 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day. Additionally, The SAFE Alliance Board of Directors has committed $15,000 in matching funds for gifts made during the 24 hours of Amplify Austin!