SAFE Shelter Observes 35 Years of Helping Domestic Violence Victims

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s only emergency shelter dedicated to victims of intimate partner violence is proud to announce its 35th year in serving the Savannah area. SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services’ mission is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote a positive change in lives, families and the community.

In the entire history of the organization, no one who has been actively involved with the services or programs at SAFE Shelter has ever died at the hands of his or her abuser. The Shelter is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, providing safe, confidential services to all victims of domestic violence.

Originally called Savannah Area Family Emergency Shelter, Inc., the organization was established in 1979 by four local women: Lucy Brannan, Norma Brewin, Harris Lentini and Caroline Armstrong. Their vision was to provide a safe place for victims and their children who had to leave their homes to escape the violence. Through these women’s hard work and determination, SAFE Shelter officially opened its doors on September 15, 1980, providing a temporary home for those dealing with intimate violence.

SAFE Shelter provides confidential emergency services to victims of intimate partner violence and their children, along with meals, clothing and shelter. Other services include: case management; assistance with temporary protective orders and courtroom advocacy; counseling and support groups; children’s programs; outreach programs; bi-lingual services; follow-up programs; and 24-hour crisis line, maintained by trained staff (912.629.8888).

In recognition of its 35th anniversary, SAFE Shelter asks the community to join in celebrating these milestones:

• SAFE Shelter is the largest domestic violence shelter outside the greater Atlanta area.
• Since opening its doors in 1980, SAFE Shelter has provided temporary, emergency shelter to over 19,000 victims of domestic violence and their children. In 2014, SAFE Shelter assisted more than 800 women and children locally.
• In 2001, SAFE Shelter opened new 48-bed shelter to accommodate its expanding needs.
• SAFE Shelter has state-of-the-art security surveillance equipment, partnerships with local law enforcement and a dedicated staff to keep families safe.
• The shelter is certified through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission and is a United Way Agency.
• No fees are charged to any victim receiving services and/or shelter from SAFE Shelter.

“SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services has evolved over the past 35 years to meet the ever-changing needs of our community,” said Cheryl Branch, executive director. “As we continue to evolve over the next 35 years, we will strive to refocus and renew our vision, with the community’s support, in providing comprehensive services and outreach for all victims of domestic violence.”

The organization also recently rebranded and updated its logo in conjunction with its 35th anniversary and to better convey the 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.

New Safe Shelter Logo

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.

Cheryl Branch
Executive Director
SAFE Shelter

Marjorie Young
CEO and President
Carriage Trade PR


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