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Julie Wade Named Executive Director of Park Place Outreach

Attorney Julie Wade Selected as Executive Director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

Savannah attorney and school board member Julie Wade has been named executive director of the Park Place Outreach — Youth Emergency Shelter, which provides support and temporary residential services for at-risk children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area.

Wade will succeed Linda Hilts, who’s retiring after 20 years, and will take office on May 8.

“I am honored to be selected for this position, and to build on the excellent programs Linda Hilts began and fostered over the past 20 years,” Wade said. “She became the voice of homeless and unaccompanied youth in our community, and I am eager to continue to work on their behalf.”

Park Place Outreach board chairman Todd Cellini praised Wade’s legal background and her experience in student and child advocacy.

“As a sitting board member of the Savannah-Chatham public school system, she has an extensive understanding of our largest population of at-risk children,” Cellini said. “Having served in various board positions for several non-profit organizations, she also has vast fundraising experience as well as expertise in grants compliance.”

Under Hilts’s leadership, Park Place Outreach helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more found stability through its non-residential programs. She developed many of the organization’s ongoing services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which offers peer mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to older youth, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter.

“My goal over the next few weeks is to meet with the board members and staff, along with community members and supporters,” Wade said. “By helping to ensure a smooth leadership transition, I will be able to focus from day one on continuing to provide a safe and loving environment to the youth who come to Park Place Outreach for assistance.”

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Julie Wade

Wade, a native of Atlanta, attended Georgia public schools from kindergarten until college. She attended the University of Georgia and then the University of Georgia School of Law. Currently, she is a lawyer at The Wade Law Firm in Savannah, with a focus on federal criminal defense and civil litigation. Additionally, Wade serves on the Board of Education for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, a position she has held since 2011. Wade will continue her service on the Board of Education as she assumes this new position with Park Place Outreach.

Previously, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 2007 to 2008 as the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, prosecuting violations of federal law, including child exploitation, firearms, narcotics, fraud, and immigration.

She is chair of the board of directors for Girls on the Run and chairwoman of United Way Women’s Legacy Council. She also serves on the boards of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Educate Chatham Foundation.

Wade is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia. She has been honored by the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 and as a Next Generation Rising Star by Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah. She recently received the Coastal Center for Developmental Services’ Vicki Loughrey Volunteer Advocacy Award as well as the John B. Miller Service Award from the Savannah Bar Association.

She and her husband have three children who attend public school.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come into the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1000 Encourage Health Grant to The Living Vine

Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Present $1000 Encourage Health Grant to The Living Vine

(SAVANNAH, GA) At the first of four lectures in the 2017 Encourage Health Education Series, The Living Vine Christian Maternity Home was presented with a $1000 grant to be used for basic needs such as food, electricity, education, and transportation.

Since 1996, 377 women have called The Living Vine “home.” The Living Vine Christian Maternity Home connects pregnant women in crisis with quality obstetric, dental and vision care at no cost to the resident.

During the luncheon, Dr. Patricia Stewart and Margaret L. Clay presented “AROMATHERAPY: How are Essential Oils Making a Place in Healthcare?” at the Auditorium of the Savannah Morning News, located at 1375 Chatham Parkway in Savannah.

In total, the series features four lunchtime presentations from respected experts who will share insights on nutrition and fitness plus general tips for healthy living. A healthy lunch was provided. Attendance was free and open to the public, but RSVPs were required at Healthy Savannah’s website.

During each presentation, a local nonprofit organization will be presented a $1,000 Encourage Health grant to support their programs promoting healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education. The next presentation will be on June 27 with Dr. Robert Rollings to present “7 Ways Your Heart Health is Linked to a Healthy Lifestyle.” Dr. Rollings is cardiologist certified in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology who has completed a fellowship in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases. He practices at Memorial Savannah Cardiology. A $1,000 grant will be presented to Savannah Striders.

This marks the fourth year for the enmarket Encourage Health Education Series conducted in partnership with Healthy Savannah, Sandfly Family Dental, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Hoist Water, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and GPB Savannah – WSVH 91.1/WWIO 89.9.

To RSVP for the lectures, visit http://healthysavannah.org/2017-encourage-health-series/. For more information, visit http://enmarkstations.com/EncourageHealthSeries

 

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ABOUT ENMARKET
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 60 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, high-quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions, and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

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Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Director of Communications
Carriage Trade PR
Cecilia Russo Marketing
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Tiny House, Big Heart Event to Benefit the CSAH Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans

Tiny House, Big Heart Event to Benefit the CSAH Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans

(SAVANNAH, GA) Service Brewing, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and Judge Realty announce the “Tiny House, Big Heart” charity fundraiser to benefit the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ships of the Sea Museum, located at 41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401. This event is the first community fundraiser specifically for the CSAH, Tiny House Project for Homeless Veterans.

During the event, 21 Savannah artists will be showcasing tiny house artworks that will be auctioned off. Artists participating include: Marcus Kenney, Betsy Cain, Maggie Hayes, June Stratton, Michael Porten, Cedric Smith, Shea Slemmer, Jose Ray, Todd Schroeder, Debora Oden, Christine Hall, Maggie Evans, Juliana Peloso, Tobia Makeover, Pamela Wiley, Harriet Delong, Elizabeth Winnel, Gerome Temple, Troy Wandzel, Will Penny and Daniel E. Smith.

Tiny House, Big Heart

Tiny House, Big Heart

Savannah Clay Community, James Dean (known for Pete the Cat) and the SCAD Metals and Jewelry Club are also big contributors to the Tiny House, Big Heart event along with over 3 dozen community sponsors.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the first land payment of $30,000 for the Tiny House Project. This land will not only provide the future grounds for the neighborhood of Tiny Houses, it will plant the foundation of community and healing for our veterans with resources available such as an organic garden, three clubhouses for community meals, workshops and health and wellness programs.

Chef Lauren Teague of Atlantic, as well as, Big Bon Pizza will be cooking for the event. Army Veteran and celebrity bartender, Sid Lance is creating a special cocktail with the spirits from Ghost Coast Distillery. Guests will also enjoy Savannah’s favorite DJ, Jose Ray, who will be spinning vinyl from the 70’s, 80s, 90’s and today’s hits.

“This event is both educational for our community and a creative fundraiser to help Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless raise the donations needed for the land payment that is the future grounds for the Tiny Home neighborhood.” Meredith Sutton, owner of Service Brewing, said, “We have been really lucky to get so many creatives together in one space. All of these artists are volunteering their time and talents to help with Savannah’s homeless veterans. It’s really quite beautiful.”

Tickets are $10, which includes a door prize ticket and a Service Brewing beer ticket, can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tiny-house-big-heart-tickets-32532505600.

Donations can be mailed to CSAH, 761 Wheaton St, Savannah GA 31412. Checks are asked to be made payable to CSAH Tiny House Project with a memo of “Tiny House Big Heart”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/480782542312352/

Hilts Retires from Park Place Outreach

Hilts Announces Retirement at Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

(SAVANNAH, GA) Linda Hilts, executive director of Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, has announced she will retire after 20 years with the organization. She was recognized at the 2017 Celebration of Love Gala held at the Plantation Club Plantation Club of the Landings.

Under Hilts’ leadership, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs.

“I have witnessed incredible life events in which young people have overcome powerful odds and am continually amazed and impressed at how bright, creative and resilient they are,” Hilts said. “Furthermore, I’m awed by the passion that our dedicated staff demonstrates every day. It takes a special person to be able to deal with the complex social issues our young people and their families face.”

The mission of Park Place Outreach is to provide support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Since 1984, its shelter, which is open 24 hours a day, has offered youth between the ages of 11 and 17 a safe and loving environment. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families.

Hilts joined Park Place Outreach on January 6, 1997, after having worked as the Director of Hope House of Savannah and as an employee of Candler Hospital. Her legacy will include being a voice for homeless youth and unaccompanied youth in the community as well as the development of several shelter services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which hires teens to be part of the team, and offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter. Several former residents have been hired on the Street Outreach Program team.

Park Place Outreach also provides residential and non-residential support, along with counseling for youth and their parents or guardians and other family members. The agency additionally offers a parenting support group to anyone in the community to help strengthen families.

The 24-hour shelter was renovated in 2008, becoming one of Savannah’s first LEED-certified nonprofit buildings, and now provides a high-quality living and healing environment for children and families, as well as a good working environment for staff. Each year, an estimated 1.6 million to 2.8 million kids across the United States run away from home. In Chatham County, young women under the age of 18 make up 10 percent of the county’s homeless population; young men under 18 add another 8 percent.

A graduate of Armstrong State University with a degree in psychology, Hilts attributes much of her success to her mentor, Dr. Keith Douglas, of Armstrong’s Psychology Department. She is also grateful to her family and the skills she learned in helping to run the family-owned business, which enabled the Detroit native to excel in the non-profit arena.

Hilts credits a great deal of the milestones achieved by Park Place Outreach to a “very strong and committed” board of directors, which ensures the organization remains financially sound. The shelter has seven full-time and 24 part-time employees along with 63 volunteers.

“I am proud we offer a stabilizing environment for vulnerable youth. Our shelter is like the emergency room. We are the first place someone reaches out to for help,” Hilts said. “I envision a future in which our programs and staff will continue to strengthen and grow so those who lead Park Place Outreach can unceasingly deal with the complex social issues that constantly evolve and confront our community.”

In addition to her duties at PPO, Hilts has devoted many volunteer hours serving those in need. She was recognized by AWWIN, Inc. (Assisting Working Women in Need), as one of their Top Ten Working Women of the Year in 2008. She is also a past board member of the Chatham-Savannah Authority of the Homeless, representing runaway and homeless youth issues, and she served as a board member for the Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services (now known as the National Safe Place Network), and Armstrong State University’s alumni board.

Hilts looks forward to riding her rusty bike on the beach “as often as possible” during her retirement, as well as walking on the beach and kayaking around Tybee Island. She has a daughter and a son, along with five granddaughters, one grandson, a great-grandson and great-granddaughter who she expects to keep her busy and “well loved.”

Hilts will be retiring sometime later this winter as a new director is firmly in place. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

Linda Hilts, Park Place Outreach

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come into the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Receives $5,000 Grant

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is the recipient of a $5,000 grant award from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. to be used for operational and program expenses. The Shelter, located at 514 East Henry Street, is open 24 hours a day and offers a safe and loving environment to homeless, abused and runaway teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17.

“Thanks to Gulfstream’s support, we will be able to provide shelter, food, clothing and counseling for troubled teens who have nowhere else to turn,” said Park Place Outreach Executive Director Linda Hilts. “The funds will be used to carry on with the operational expenses of providing residential and non-residential services for these youth as well as counseling services for parents.”

Park Place Outreach operates the only shelter in Savannah and Chatham County serving youth age 11 to 17. All services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school. The staff also offers family counseling with follow-up visits after a resident returns home, as well as non-resident services including an after-school tutorial and drop-in center, recreational services and after-care services.

Since opening in 1984, over 6200 at-risk youth have been served by the organization. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

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Fox & Weeks presents Matthews Children’s Foundation grant to Park Place Outreach

SAVANNAH – Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors presented a Matthews Children’s Foundation grant in the amount of $500.00 to Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter.

Fox & Weeks has now awarded more than $20,000 in York Children’s Foundation grants since 2012. Each time a family purchases a casket at Fox & Weeks, a portion of the cost is donated to the Matthews Children’s Foundation in the name of the deceased and the accumulated funds are distributed quarterly through an application process to area non-profits benefitting children and children’s causes.

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter provides support for troubled children and teens from Savannah and the surrounding area. The shelter is open 24 hours a day to youth in crisis, adolescents who are homeless, young people who have been abused, runaway youth, or those who may be contemplating how to run away.

The Matthews Children’s Foundation is affiliated with the Mathews International Corporation casket division and has delivered millions of dollars in grants throughout the country since its introduction in the early 1990s, and Fox & Weeks is the only funeral home in the area actively participating in the Matthews Children’s Foundation program. The purpose of the Matthews Children’s Foundation is to support non-profit organizations dedicated to children, and any organization in the Coastal Empire with the primary purpose of providing for children’s needs is eligible to apply for a Matthews Children’s Foundation grant.

To qualify for a Matthews Children’s Foundation grant through Fox & Weeks, an application must be submitted and an organization’s activities must be primarily directed towards the welfare and benefit of children.

Please call Fox & Weeks at 352-7200 for more information or visit www.foxandweeks.com and click on Helpful Information to learn more about the Matthews Children’s Foundation application process.

Safe Shelter in Savannah: 10 Truths You May Not Know About Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence in Savannah: 10 Truths You May Not Know About Domestic Violence

10 Truths You May Not Know About Domestic Violence
By Cheryl Branch

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed in events across the country and right here in Savannah to bring to light an issue that effects our community in a staggering way. DVAM is an opportunity for SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services of Savannah (SAFE Shelter) to connect with our community through meaningful outreach and awareness raising events.

Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It occurs in every culture and country, affecting individuals from all educational, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. Victims include the young and the old. While these facts are commonly understood and accepted, the public remains unaware that local help is available at SAFE Shelter and the majority of domestic violence cases are never reported to the police.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as a pattern of behaviors where one person in the relationship uses physical, emotional and other means to maintain control of the victim. Intervention is critical in breaking the cycle of violence.

SAFE Shelter and its Outreach Program provides legal advocacy, Temporary Protective Orders, and support for those victims who don’t require shelter. No fees are charged for any services. Victims often feel no one will believe them; however, SAFE Shelter networks reach out to the District Attorney’s Office, Victim Witness Assistance, and police.

As a community, we are responsible for being that collective voice for those who have no voice.

In an effort to shed light on a this topic, here are ten key facts about domestic violence and SAFE Shelter’s services to those victims in our community that may be helpful to you or someone you know:

1. Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police (SCMPD) responded to 3,696 domestic disturbance calls in 2014. In the United States, more than 10 million women and men are physically abused each year.

2. In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services received 1,037 crisis calls. Statistically, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

3. The economic impact is astounding – victims of domestic violence lose approximately eight million days of paid work each year and many victims lose their jobs due to the stress and illness from this epidemic. SAFE Shelter provides counseling, referrals children’s, advocacy programs and weekly support groups to assist victims of domestic violence and their children.

4. In 2014, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence provided services to 695 victims, including 383 children. Statistics show that many children exposed to domestic violence will grow up to be abusers themselves and will continue the cycle. SAFE Shelter hopes to break this cycle by offering education and counseling aid to clients.

5. SAFE Shelter is certified by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and offers assistance with Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and Stalking Orders. In 2014, SAFE Shelter helped secure 58 TPOs; providing protective services to 162 victims, including 74 children.

6. Half of all abusive relationships start between the ages of 13-24. SAFE Shelter offers anger management programs for elementary school children and dating violence programs for middle and high school students.

7. SAFE Shelter also offers prevention training programs, including “When domestic violence comes to work,” and “Identifying domestic violence victims in a medical setting.”

8. SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and offers an off-site Outreach Program to assist victims who do not require shelter.

9. SAFE Shelter’s 48-bed shelter is the largest domestic violence shelter outside the greater Atlanta area.

10. No fees are ever charged for any of SAFE Shelter’s services. The crisis line, (912) 629-8888, is answered 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please know there is help. Recognizing that abuse is present is the first step for any victim and then telling someone he or she trusts. Once the abused has decided enough is enough, finding a safe, secure location is the next crucial step.

If you have real concern about someone close to you, approach the individual in a private setting and refrain from being judgmental. Your care and support may be the key to saving someone’s life or helping the person escape from an abusive relationship.

Domestic violence shelters are available, providing a safe haven for the victim. SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services of Savannah has been helping individuals protect themselves and make a positive change for 35 years. The 24-hour crisis line, 912.629.8888, is always available for those in need, 365 days a year. During its 35 year history, approximately 21,000 victims and their children have come through its doors, and no one actively involved in any of its programs has been killed by their abusive partner.

The location of the shelter remains confidential and basic living necessities are provided. In addition, services such as support groups, courtroom advocacy and protective orders are provided at no cost to a victim of domestic violence.

Keep in mind, domestic violence does not always look the same. Awareness and education are important keys to stopping the cycle.

In the time it took you to read this article, approximately twelve women were beaten in the U.S. Yes, this statistic is shocking. And yes, the effects of domestic violence are far-reaching in our communities. The problem is not going away easily and change happens slowly, one step at a time. For more information on this topic, visit safeshelter.org

Cheryl Branch, Safe Shelter executive director

Cheryl Branch is the Executive Director at SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services . Previously, Cheryl has worked at the Amity House, a domestic violence shelter in Brunswick. She has also served as the Women’s Health Educator for the Glynn County Health Department and a social worker at the Memorial Medical Center. She has helped victims of domestic violence at SAFE Shelter for almost 20 years.