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Opening Doors with SAVE

SAVE's Open Doors event was attended by many concerned community members. Find out what they learned and what you can do to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by domestic violence.

SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) held its free Open Doors community education and outreach event on Oct. 25, 2012, and it was a success!

We had a “full house” of guests representing many facets of our community, including several Fremont Police Department Detectives, Newark Mayor Al Nagy, Irvington High School staff, health care professionals from Chabot Student Health Center and the Alameda County Medical Center, Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas and SAVE Board member and Alameda County District Attorney Danielle London. SAVE also welcomed many concerned community residents, several of whom will soon either join our volunteer team or begin our 40-Hour Domestic Violence Counselor Training in January, 2013.

During lunch, SAVE’s Executive Director, Rodney Clark, discussed basic facts about domestic violence, including types of abuse and the cycle of violence. Kate Hart, SAVE’s Resident Director, explained all the ways SAVE opens its doors to domestic violence survivors, including those who seek safety in our shelter, support through individual counseling, or assistance with restraining orders via SAVE’s Cops (Community Oriented Prevention Program). We were all inspired and awed by former SAVE client Chris, who shared her harrowing, but ultimately triumphant story of survival. And we wrapped up our presentation with an engaging Q&A session.

One critical point that SAVE addressed: domestic violence is not a “private family matter” and it is illegal.

Let’s all do our part to keep our loved ones, friends, coworkers, neighborhoods and communities safe -- “Because peace begins at home.”

Are you wondering what you can do to support SAVE and those we serve? There are many ways you can take action to help individuals and families impacted by domestic violence: share information about SAVE’s services, invite us to make a presentation at your workplace, or social, service or other group, attend SAVE events, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or support SAVE through fundraising or donations.

SAVE’s next Open Doors free community education and outreach event will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013. For more information, call Tina at (510) 574-2266 or register for this event at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4707232459#.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available. Call SAVE’s 24-hour hotline at (510) 794-6055 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233). For information about SAVE’s free services or how to get involved, please call our Community Office at (510) 574-2250 or visit our website: www.save-dv.org.

And follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/save.dv and on Twitter at SAVE_AgainstDV.

SAVE’s Community Office is located at 1900 Mowry Avenue, Suite 204, Fremont, California, 94538. SAVE is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization Fed. Tax I.D. # 94-2520559.

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