Special thanks to February’s Advocate of the Month, Paige! She worked so hard this past month, coordinating and leading SAFE’s DVACCT training, preparing a wonderful new group of interns and volunteers to become rock star advocates like herself. Paige is always there with a smile and a helping hand, and we just don’t know what we’d do without her. Kudos to you, Paige!
SAFE is sad to bid farewell to our colleague, Kate Myers. Kate has been with us three wonderful years as Lead Advocate for our on-call program, working countless overnight and weekend shifts to provide life-saving crisis support to SAFE’s clients and their children, and providing coordination and guidance for our volunteer and staff on-call advocates. It has been a joy to have her in our family for this time. We wish Kate the greatest success in her new position with Safe Shores Child Advocacy Center, and in all aspects of life.
Natalia Otero was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about domestic violence on AGENDA, DC’s one and only bilingual news program. Click the links to watch the full show in English or in Spanish.
SAFE would like to thank host Alejandro Negron for the invitation to participate, and to fellow participant Pedro Biaggi from El Zol 107.9 for a thoughtful and heartfelt conversation about the issue.
Suzanne Miller is SAFE’s Advocate of the Month for January! Suzanne is always the first to step up to help out with coverage when we are short-handed, and this holiday season was no exception. She rocked out the intake center, court accompaniment, and the Response Line when staff and volunteer coverage was limited, lending a hand wherever one was needed. She’s a shining star, and we’re so lucky to have her with us. Thanks, Suzanne!
Nancy Salinas is SAFE’s Advocate of the Month for December 2013!
Nancy is a bilingual champion in the Intake Center. She’s always great about picking up any Spanish clients that come to the Court, or taking a call on the Response Line when a Spanish speaker calls in. With one of our bilingual advocates out on maternity leave this month, Nancy has truly stepped up to the plate to handle the extra clients, and has done so while maintaining the positive, sunny disposition for which we all love her.
Thanks so much to Nancy for all her hard work!
DC SAFE is asking for your help this holiday season! Many of our clients come to us without any of the basic resources that we take for granted every day– from bed linens to shampoo– and we are constantly in need of certain resources. During the week of December 2 – 6, 2013, we will be asking for donations every day for some of the most needed items on our wish list.
Monday, 12/2: #DCSAFEneeds bed linens and towels
Tuesday, 12/3: #GivingTuesday donate money to fund our life-saving programs
Wednesday, 12/4: #DCSAFEneeds shelf-stable food and snacks
Thursday, 12/5: #DCSAFEneeds household cleaning supplies
Friday, 12/6: #DCSAFEneeds toiletries
Check back every day on our Twitter and Facebook profiles this week to see what today’s highlighted need is, and share it on your own profile with the hashtag #DCSAFEneeds to spread the word. If you can’t donate yourself, you can help just by sharing the information with others who might be able to give!
Want to do more? You can host a holiday party to collect any of these items, or organize a cash drive at your office, school, or church. If you have any questions on how you can support DC SAFE, please contact us.
Congratulations to Natalia Otero, Executive Director, for winning the November 2013 Advocate of the Month! Natalia is well-known as the voice of SAFE– you probably heard her voice on one of many radio or television interviews during SAFE’s furlough funding campaign last month– but what you may not realize is how much time and effort she devotes to SAFE behind the scenes. She worked tirelessly to promote our furlough fundraising campaign, all while continuing to help clients in the Intake Centers and cover staffing gaps on the Response Line. She is the first person to drop everything to help out when staff are overwhelmed, and we’re pretty sure she never sleeps. Thank you from all of us to Natalia for her leadership and her dedication!
“Amy Loudermilk, the senior policy specialist for the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence called the reductions in domestic violence homicides this year a ‘huge improvement.’
While she can’t be sure what caused the drop, Loudermilk says it may have been partially due to a ‘lethality assessment project’ for domestic violence which was launched in 2010.
The program identifies victims of domestic violence who meet criteria that indicate that they are at risk of being killed so that they can receive help and services before they become victims of homicide.”
- Rebecca Zisser
Congratulations to Ramona Santana- September’s Advocate of The Month! Ramona is a bilingual Court Advocate and has been working at SAFE for over a year. The summer months at the DVIC are always especially busy, and Ramona was able to go above and beyond for her clients while helping them file for protection orders and safety plan. Thank you Ramona, for all your hard work!