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SAFE is a merger of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace. 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
Website: http://www.safeaustin.org
Email: hhenry@safeaustin.org
Phone Number: 512-927-4757
Address: P.O. Box 19454
Austin, TX 78760
The SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace. We serve survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation.

SAFE is committed to never again seeing an abused child who is victimized as an adult, a little boy who grew up to beat his girlfriend after years of watching his dad beat his mother, a battered woman who loses custody of her children because of abuse by their father, or all the other myriad examples of the epidemic of violence that is transferred person to person and generation to generation.

Through shelter, prevention, and intervention services, SAFE serves Central Texas youth, adults, and families of diverse backgrounds. All of our clients have experienced or are at risk of experiencing domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse - or more often than not - a combination of all three.

Most of the adults we serve are low income and many are homeless after making the decision to leave an abusive household. The youth we serve have often been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. They are at risk of homelessness, involvement in the juvenile justice system, early pregnancy, dropping out of high school, and being involved in future violence.

In addition to working directly with survivors and their families, SAFE offers trainings and other educational resources to people at risk, parents, professionals, and other community members, to prevent violence and promote healthy relationships.

We advocate for improved policies, practices, and beliefs to be more responsive to survivors and achieve social justice. Our goal is simple and ambitious: stop abuse for everyone.

Impact Statement

SAFE was created when 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 2017, SAFE:

-Officially formed through the merger of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace.
-Expanded our SAFEline to provide 24/7 phone, chat, and text services.
-Formalized the Alumni Community Services program for former foster youth.
-Launched the SAFEMen Pledge to encourage men to be active upstanders.
-Raised over $1 million at our annual Gala.
-Expanded SAFE Futures, a prevention and direct support program for families, to eight Central Texas Counties.
-Launched SAFE CARES, a program to support young survivors of human trafficking.
-Served 6,621 individuals on two residential campuses and through community-based programs
-Answered 13,339 SAFE hotline calls from Central Texans in crisis
-Saw 93% of youth in the Transitional Living Program progress towards academic and/or vocational goals
-Helped 94% leaving the shelter exit to a safe place
-Taught 162 youth in a trauma-informed setting at SAFE's Charter School
-Supported 630 sexual assault survivors- 100% of those receiving services at SAFE's Eloise House did so free of charge
-1,031 children exposed to violence participated in Expect Respect support groups and counseling
-13,159 youth participated in Expect Respect education and leadership programs
-Found that 95% of youth participating in Expect Respect were more motivated to speak up about abuse or harassment
-Served 1,701 kids and parents through Strong Start, a child abuse prevention program
-Successfully placed 34 children in foster and adoptive homes
-Impacted countless lives in Central Texas

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.

Match Amount

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Matching Funds Description

SAFE's Board of Directors is committing matching funds for gifts made during Amplify!


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 2018 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.
Volunteers are a vital link between The SAFE Alliance and the community, providing support in every aspect of our mission to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence.

SAFE's Children's Shelter and Family Shelter campuses offer both individual and group volunteer opportunities. Individuals who want to work directly with SAFE's clients on an ongoing basis attend an in-depth training to learn about trauma and how best to help. Individual volunteers can also serve in areas that involve limited client interaction, like being a community ambassador for SAFE at a fair or fundraiser. If you have a special skill to offer, such as a facilities-related skill (carpentry, electrical work, etc), a skill you can share with our clients (we offer "life skills" classes to survivors), or in some other area, we'd love to speak with you!

Group volunteers can support SAFE in a number of ways, too, from facilities projects (like painting a fence or landscape beautification) to hosting a field day for the children at our Children's Shelter or a movie night for those living in our Family Shelter. For larger volunteer groups, having a budget allows us to be especially creative in what we're able to offer. Past groups with budgets have built playgrounds or re-decorated group therapy rooms.

For more information on either individual or group volunteer opportunities, please contact us at SAFEvolunteer@safeaustin.org.