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May 18, 2012 > Domestic violence community education and outreach

Domestic violence community education and outreach

Submitted By Tina Fernandez

SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) held its second "Open Doors" of the year on Thursday, April 26. This free community education and outreach event informs community members about domestic violence, enlightens them about the array of domestic violence prevention, intervention and support services SAVE provides, and inspires guests to take action to help the lives of others. Attendees enjoyed lunch, met SAVE staff members and heard stories from two SAVE clients.

"Open Doors" was a success! There was a full house of guests, a diverse group representing the many facets of our community, including Lieutenant Commander Tom Milner of the Newark Police Department, representatives from Senator Corbett's office and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and members of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Guests representing local business, service and charitable organizations included Betty Wargo of Omron, WISE Alliance members, Dollie's Closet staff and realtors with Keller Williams/My Project 51, Rich and Cindy Spickler of the Fremont Elks, and SAVE Board Members Unnati Amin and C. Lee Hewitt.

Are you interested in learning more about SAVE and the much-needed services we offer? SAVE's next "Open Doors" is scheduled for Thursday, July 26 from noon - 1:30 p.m. Call Tina at (510) 574-2266 to reserve your space today. This event fills up quickly so call soon!

SAVE is a local non-profit community based organization founded in 1976 to address the needs of victims of domestic violence. SAVE's mission is to promote alternatives to domestic violence through support services, advocacy, and education, and to assist domestic violence victims and their families end the cycle of violence. SAVE's many services include an emergency shelter; a 24-hour crisis hotline; teen dating violence prevention program; legal, medical, employment and housing assistance; children's program; individual counseling and support groups; and outreach and community education, and COPS, a police department-based crisis intervention and prevention resource.

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