SAFE Shelter and Kicklighter Presented Donation From Coastal Corvette Association

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Coastal Corvette Association donated $500 to SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services and Kicklighter Resource Center. The presentation took place at the Shell House Restaurant. Club president, Mike Goodling presented the check to Cheryl Branch, executive director of SAFE Shelter, and Stacey Davis, executive director at Kicklighter Resource Center.

This year, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is celebrating their 35th anniversary in assisting victims of domestic violence in the greater Savannah area. Branch said, “This donation will support our array of comprehensive services for victims at the shelter, those who have exited the shelter and for those who do not require shelter but need legal advocacy.”

The club raised the money through a car show in Bluffton, SC. Goodling said, “My wife had come across SAFE Shelter years ago and mentioned to me that they needed more recognition in the community. After Charlotte passed away and our club was looking for a group to give donations to, I explained her point that battered women and families who have faced abusive situations, don’t get enough support in Savannah. The Corvette Club felt that this would be one of the best places we could make a donation.”

(L to R) Stacey Davis, Kicklighter Resource Center; Mike Goodling, Coastal Corvette Association; Cheryl Branch, SAFE Shelter

(L to R) Stacey Davis, Kicklighter Resource Center; Mike Goodling, Coastal Corvette Association; Cheryl Branch, SAFE Shelter

The Coastal Corvette Association is a group of Corvette Enthusiasts located in Southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. Founded on March 31st of 1993, six friends assembled in a parking lot to establish one of the most enjoyable clubs in Savannah. The idea in forming the organization was to provide an avenue where members could plan events and keep each other updated on upcoming shows and events. The purpose of the club is to have fun and learn about the great American sportscar. Cars in the club range from the 1950’s up to the most current models and many of our members cars have been featured in numerous shows around the country. For more information on the Coastal Corvette Association, visit .

Founded in 1979, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization committed to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and promoting positive change for families in need in our community. SAFE Shelter operates a 48-bed emergency shelter for victims of intimate partner violence and their children. All services are provided at no cost to the victim regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, immigration status, culture or religion. Leading to safe and stable lives, services include courtroom advocacy, counseling services and case management. In the shelter’s long history, no one who has been actively involved with our services or programs has been killed by his/her abuser. For more information on SAFE Shelter, visit or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.

In 1951, five parents whose children were not receiving school services joined together to start a one room school at Forsyth Park. In 1955, the Chatham Chapter of Georgia ARC was chartered. The purpose was to provide education to children with developmental disabilities while advocating for them in the community. In 1982, the Chatham Association for Residential Services, Inc. opened its first residential project consisting of ten semi-independent apartments and a six bedroom group home. Over the next eight years, Kicklighter opened an additional ten room apartment complex and three more group homes. In 1996, the Legends Learning Center was established to provide education for children of all ability levels. In 2005, the name was changed to Kicklighter Academy in honor of Mrs. Lilla Mae Kicklighter. The mission of Kicklighter Resource Center, Inc. is to approve the quality of life of children and adults with autism and other developmental and physical disabilities through advocacy, community awareness, family support and direct programs.

Darlene Lewis
Coastal Corvette Association Member

Cheryl Branch
Executive Director
SAFE Shelter

Marjorie Young
CEO and President
Carriage Trade PR


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