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SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Ties Ribbons Around Forsyth Park Live Oaks

SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Ties Ribbons Around Forsyth Park Live Oaks

(SAVANNAH, GA) On Thursday, October 1, SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by tying purple ribbons around the Live Oak trees in Forsyth Park.

“Our shelter has been tying these ribbons for about 18 years now,” said Cheryl Branch, executive director. “We wanted to do something very visual to remind people purple is the color for domestic violence and we wanted victims to feel like they hadn’t been forgotten.”

The National Network to End Domestic Violence encourages citizens to wear purple, which is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The ribbons will remain in Forsyth Park until the end of October.

For more information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit http://nnedv.org/getinvolved/dvam.html. For more information on SAFE Shelter, visit safeshelter.org

Left to right, Jessica Scott (intern); Lynett Marsh (intern); Rose Grant-Robinson, Sr. Legal Advocate, Outreach Program; Akeya Hurt (intern); Chantera Thomas (intern); and Zhane Rucker, (intern).

Left to right, Jessica Scott (intern); Lynett Marsh (intern); Rose Grant-Robinson, Sr. Legal Advocate, Outreach Program; Akeya Hurt (intern); Chantera Thomas (intern); and Zhane Rucker, (intern).

MORE INFORMATION ON SAFE SHELTER
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 safeshelter.org or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.

CONTACT
Cheryl Branch
Executive Director
SAFE Shelter
912-629-0026
director@safeshelter.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
CEO and President
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990

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Safe Shelter to Cut Ribbon for Youth Enrichment Services Center

(SAVANNAH, GA) SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services will hold a ribbon cutting Wednesday, Sept. 30 for its new, 1,500 square foot Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Center designed to hold activities and services geared towards children ages 12-18.

“We’ve never had anything at the shelter for older kids,” Branch said. “We take kids with moms up to age 18. We have a play room, standard playground equipment but it’s all for little kids. This new center will give the older ones a place just for them.”

Designed to be educational and fun, the YES Center will contain TVs and video games, a foosball table or table hockey, board games, musical instruments, a small library and a computer lab.

“We may bring in a speaker. We may get someone from Hunter Army Air Base to talk about careers in the military—or someone from Gulfstream. Or someone from Armstrong or Savannah State, one of the local colleges” to talk about their offerings, Branch said. “If someone’s interested in law enforcement, we may bring in someone who talks about what you have to do to be a police officer.”

SAFE Shelter will try to cater to the requests from their youth. If a group of young people want a certain type of physical exercise, counseling service or extra activity, the shelter will do its best to provide that request to the children.

“This will be a place where kids can relax and forget about being in a shelter for a while,” Branch said. “It’s hard for anybody to be in a shelter. You’re not in your house. You’re not with your friends. It’s stressful. Our YES Center will be a place for teens to try to take the stress off.”

MORE INFORMATION ON SAFE SHELTER
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 safeshelter.org or call 912.629.0026. To reach the 24-hour crisis line, call 912.629.8888.

CONTACT
Cheryl Branch
Executive Director
SAFE Shelter
912-629-0026
director@safeshelter.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
CEO and President
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Re-Enroll in Kroger Community Rewards Program to Donate to Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

Local Shoppers Urged to Re-Enroll for Kroger Community Rewards Program to Continue Funding Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter and Other Local Charities

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is encouraging Savannah area Kroger customers participating in the retailer’s Community Rewards program to re-enroll during the month of August. Kroger requires participants to re-enroll each year to demonstrate they have an active role and interest in the program. Dollars will start accumulating for chosen organizations beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Customers can designate reward points to participating schools, charity or organization of their choice by using their Kroger Plus Card. Funds received by Park Place Outreach through the Kroger Community Rewards program benefit the Shelter, located at 514 East Henry Street, which offers teenagers a safe place to go 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“It only takes a few moments to sign up, and costs shoppers nothing to participate, yet each dollar designated for Park Place Outreach makes such a positive impact in the services we can provide,” said executive director Linda K. Hilts. “Kroger customers who support us through this program help ensure that we can continue taking care of the needs of runaway, homeless and in-crisis youth in our community.”

This year, Kroger expects to donate $600,000 to local schools and nonprofits through the Kroger Plus Card-based fundraiser. To enroll or re-enroll, please visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com. For more information, contact Kroger Community Rewards at 770.496.7538 or fax details to 770.496.5354.

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
Linda K. Hilts 
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

Youth Shelter Invites Public to Meet and Greet with Police Officers

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Street Outreach Program at Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter invites the public to a collaborative event between the youth shelter, the Men of Liberty City Inc., and Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department (SCMPD) for the first annual Roll Call event taking place from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 1 at Liberty City Community Center, 1401 Mills B Ln Blvd.

Roll Call is designed to give citizens the opportunity to build and improve the relationship the community has with the Police Department. There is no cost to attend. Music and refreshments will be provided.

“Over the past few months the media has been circulating videos and photos of incidents involving youth and young adults being victimized by authorities,” said Kenneth Brown, Street Outreach Coordinator at Park Place Outreach, “We want to help improve the interactions between our Police Department and our community by assisting both parties in becoming familiar with one another through good food, fun games, and great music.”

This initiative to strengthen the relationship between the police and urban youth mirrors the efforts and violence reduction techniques from the “Boston Miracle,” a time when the city saw some of the steepest declines in violent crime in the country. The Boston Miracle focused on the role of young people involved in gang activity, and involved a unique cooperative arrangement between police, social workers, ministers and prosecutors. This resulted in a period of more than two years where there were no teenage homicide victims in the city. For more information on the Boston Miracle, visit https://www.ted.com/talks/jeffrey_brown_how_we_cut_youth_violence_in_boston_by_79_percent

Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter will also be supporting another event on Saturday, August 22, where the youth in the community will be able to attend workshops, panel discussions, and scenario simulations with the officers of SCMPD. For more information on Park Place Outreach, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

Flier from Park Place Outreach Roll Call event 2015

Flier from Park Place Outreach Roll Call event 2015

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
Kenneth Brown
Street Outreach Coordinator
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter
(912) 234-4048
pposop514@gmail.com

Latrell Ferguson Named New Street Team Case Manager for Park Place Outreach

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is pleased to announce that Latrell Ferguson has joined the Street Outreach Program as the new Street Team Case Manager. In her new role, Ferguson will be managing the other street team members, contacting clients on a daily basis, and facilitating individual and group discussions related to the different social issues adolescents face today.

Latrell FergusonFerguson received a Masters in professional counseling from South University in 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Savannah State University in 2010. Ferguson previously served as the director at #Priority Learning Academy, and also volunteered as an advocate for a youth advocate program.

Ferguson said, “I am pleased to be a member of the Park Place Outreach family because I have a passion for working with youth who are considered at-risk. I plan to bring new ideas on how to expand the street outreach program and the services we provide.”

The Street Outreach program has been funded on and off since 1997. Park Place Outreach recently received a $121,654 per year grant for three years to re-fund the program, which serves teens and young adults up to age 21 through counseling and a drop-in center.

In her spare time, Ferguson enjoys writing, reading, playing sports, and going to the movies. She writes poems and short stories, but dreams of writing a children’s book in the future.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH 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. 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 parkplaceyes.org or find Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.

For More Information
Latrell Ferguson
ferguson0586@gmail.com
912.844.2159

For Media Inquiries
Marjorie Young
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Park Place Outreach Welcomes New Street Team Members

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is pleased to announce that Elijah Scott and Grace Downs have joined the Street Outreach Program as new Street Team members. In their new role, Scott and Downs will be mentoring resident adolescents and providing counseling, clothing and personal care items to kids that are in need and might not come in to the shelter.

The Street Outreach program has been funded on and off since 1997. Park Place Outreach recently received a $121,654 per year grant for three years to re-fund the program, which serves teens and young adults up to age 21 through counseling and a drop-in center.

Elijah Scott Park PlaceScott graduated from Savannah Arts Academy in 2013. He is currently attending Savannah State University focusing in English and Language Arts. Scott previously volunteered at the Davenport House in Savannah. He lives in Thunderbolt, and enjoys music and writing in his free time.

Scott said, “I am pleased to be an employee with Park Place Outreach because, I enjoy working with children and adolescents. I am always looking for ways to help people.”

Grace Downs Park PlaceDowns graduated from Savannah Country Day School in 2014. She was a leader at SCDS’ diversity club and SHARE (Students Hearing All with Respect and Equality). Downs previously volunteered at St. Joseph’s/Candler for three years, Relay for Life, and various community service outings with Girls Scouts. She enjoys musical theater and being either in the cast or crew of productions. A hobby she is intending on majoring in at college.

“This job relates to many of my interests in terms of diversity and reaching out to those in need. I hope to bring my positivity and new ideas to better influence the program here,” said Downs.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH 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. 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 find Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.

For More Information
Elijah Scott
elisco07@yahoo.com
912.224.0608

Grace Downs
grace00downs@gmail.com
912.656.4720

For Media Inquiries
Marjorie Young
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

Sand Gnats Raising Money for Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
Savannah Sand Gnats’ Pack the Park Game onAugust 6 to Benefit Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter 
 
(SAVANNAH, GA) The community is invited to attend Pack the Park for Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter during the Savannah Sand Gnats game on August 6 at 7:05 p.m. at Grayson Stadium. Tickets for the event, which is being underwritten by the Savannah Bank, are available on game day at the stadium and cost $7 each. The Sand Gnats will donate $1 to Park Place Outreach for every ticket sold at the stadium that day.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the community to enjoy a day at the ballpark and support our efforts to help youth in crisis,” said Park Place Outreach President Linda Hilts.” We participated in the event for the last two years, and it was a big success both times. We look forward to packing the park again this year, cheering on the Sand Gnats and raising much-needed funds for Park Place Outreach.”
During the game, Park Place Outreach volunteers will be on hand to distribute magnets to the first 1,000 fans who enter the stadium. In addition, Park Place Outreach Board President Jack Levine will throw out the honorary first pitch, and a special Park Place Outreach guest will sing the National Anthem.
“We are extremely grateful to the Savannah Bank, who has served as our underwriting partner for the past three years, along with the Savannah Sand Gnats, WSAV and the Rotary Club of Metro Savannah for making this event possible,” Hilts said. “We can’t wait to see everyone at the ballpark on August 6.”
About Park Place Outreach, Inc.
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., 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. Opened in 1984 as Marshlands Foundation, Inc. (dba the Savannah Runaway Home), Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter provides counseling and other services to boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17. The organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families whenever possible.
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This program is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, USDA Breakfast/Lunch Program, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Department of Human Services, City of Savannah, United Way, FEMA and other community resources. For more information, please call 912-234-4048, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or search for “Park Place Outreach” on Facebook. An informational video about Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is available at YouTube by searching for “Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter.”