2016 has been a busy year at SAFE. Follow the link below for all the details.
Current Events at SAFE
24 Hour Crisis Hotline (406) 363-4600
Please join us for our Circle of Support Benefit Luncheon on Tuesday, December 6th at 12:00 PM. The luncheon will take place at the Banque Club, 225 W Main St, Hamilton. Be inspired by stories of courage and hope. Learn how your gift helps our mission to end domestic and sexual violence and their impacts in Ravalli County.
Help us create a future free of violence.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call 363-2793 for more information.
This year the SAFE community and some dedicated Master Gardeners in Hamilton have come together to create a fantastic new community garden! Each garden bed has been (or will be) planted from seed and lovingly nurtured by women in the SAFE community. The Master Gardeners have been tremendous in teaching and supporting our budding gardeners!
With our four garden beds we have created some fun themes. Our pizza bed contains all the veggies and herbs we could want for creating scrumptious pizzas come harvest time. Our salsa bed will spice up our community dinners and the herb bed will kick up our cooking.
This year we are so grateful to the Bitterroot Secret Garden tour for sponsoring our garden! Their tour is sold out! We love to see so many people interested in gardening. To find out more and to mark your calendars for next year check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BitterrootSecretGardenTour/
We are really excited about this new venture in gardening and a thousand thanks to our supporters for making this happen! Garden meetings are Tuesday evening at 5pm. If you are a gardener or want to get involved click here and let us know!
SAFE Holiday Giving Tree
The SAFE Holiday Giving Tree has been decorated. There are ornaments on the tree for each of our Outreach, Shelter and Transitional Housing residents. The ornaments are labeled with their Christmas wishes.We are asking anyone who is interested in helping a family this holiday season to please pick an ornament from he tree and return it unwrapped or in gift bags by December 19th.
The Safe Holiday Giving Tree is located in Hamilton, at SAFE on First Thrift Store (153 Old Corvallis Rd, Hamilton). We are open from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and 10 AM – 4 PM on Saturdays.
For more information, please call Wendy or Tina at 363-2793.
Dr. David Adams. Training Announcement
The Ravalli County Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is pleased to announce David Adams, Ed.D. as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Report to the Community. Dr. Adams is co-founder and co-director of Emerge, which was established in 1977 as the first counseling program in the nation for men who abuse women. He has led batterer intervention groups for over 36 years and is an internationally recognized expert on men who abuse their partners. Dr. Adams has trained social service and criminal justice professionals in 45 states and 16 countries, currently serves as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence and is the Director of the National Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management Training Project. He has published numerous articles and book chapters about abusers, writes a popular blog on The Huffington Post, and is the author of “Why Do They Kill? Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners.”
Following the Report to the Community on October 16, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Dr. Adams will present “Profiling Abusers and Killers: Common Traits and Differences”. Part one of the workshop, “Understanding Those Who Abuse Their Intimate Partners: Myths vs. Realities”, will focus on five common myths about abusers and how these impede our ability to recognize them and hold them accountable for their actions. The profile of abusers will include their common deficits as parents and methods for assessing abuse. Part two, “Profiling Killers: Descriptions of Life Histories, Risk Factors and Motivations Posed by Men Who Kill Their Intimate Partners” will provide an overview of research about intimate partner homicides, risk factors for lethality, and describe different types of killers in terms of their motivations.
The workshop is intended for community members interested in learning more about characteristics of men who abuse their partners and for professionals working with domestic violence victims and offenders. Continuing Legal Education Credit and POST Credit will be available.
Join us for the first-ever White Ribbon Volunteer Hootenanny!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! In these parts, that means White Ribbon Week – an annual public awareness campaign that asks our community to wear a white ribbon and take a stand against domestic violence. Each year, more than 5,000 people in Ravalli County participate in this campaign. This year, we’d like to see that grow to 10,000 people – nearly a quarter of our county’s population (and roughly the number who have been directly impacted by domestic violence in our community in their lives)! Help us spread a powerful message of hope for survivors and dedication to ending domestic violence. We need community volunteers to distribute posters and ribbon cards, decorate downtowns, talk to community groups, and get the word out! If you are excited about ending domestic violence, join us on the 8th to sign up for a delivery or other simple tasks, enjoy some yummy food, and be a part of our White Ribbon team. Also, if you belong to or are close to an organization, business or group that would like white ribbons, please let us know! Send your ideas for expanding the White Ribbon Campaign to the e-mail address below. You are what makes our community great!
Thursday, October 8th (in preparation for White Ribbon Week, October 16 to 23) Any time between 3 and 5pm at SAFE Office, 150 Morningstar Way (off Fairgrounds Road), Hamilton
For more information, or to sign up by phone/email, contact Jamie at 363-2793 or email@example.com. Ravalli Republic story: http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_787ad1a8-6ca3-11e5-bf3d-87bfa62dc1c2.html
The first time I set foot in Montana, I was 24 years old. I drove from the Midwest in a Ford station wagon with all of my belongings – windows down and Neil Young blaring on the stereo – heading to the Bitterroot for an internship that would have me living in a camper in someone’s yard. And – because of that sketchy arrangement – I was accompanied on my great road trip to the West by my dad. He made it seem like he was just up for an adventure, but he was quite prepared to scoop me up and take me home if the Bitterroot turned out to be a spooky backwater and the internship turned out to be forced labor on a ranch. So we had our grand adventure. We christened my Big Sky dreams by throwing snowballs at the top of Beartooth Pass, and I settled into that camper knowing I was loved and could always go home.
My dad’s super power has always been spotting me, sometimes invisibly, so he could catch me from any little or giant fall. Now that I’m a parent, I marvel even more at this incredible skill. I watch my husband and my daughter climb trees to look at birds’ nests, or amble down the trail, pockets loaded with the special rocks they have found, and I know there are many, many more amazing dad super powers out there in this world. They are important to celebrate, because these dad super powers really can create a Mega-force Positive Protector Super Shield for our kids and our community.
Take, for example, the amazing dad super power called Role-modeling – kids who grow up around this super power know they deserve to be treated well in their relationships, when they see their parents respecting each other, kids actually feel they are more accepted and respected. Or, the astonishing super power called Spending Time with Your Kids. This power abounds in the Bitterroot – and we’re lucky for it, because being involved in kids’ lives is a great way to help them grow up healthy and happy! What about the truly remarkable super power Listening? or the inter-galactic super power Showing Affection?
I have seen inspirational Super Dad powers at work at SAFE. Countless dads call the crisis line with concerns about their daughters’ and sons’ relationships, commonly it’s dads who stand by their daughters in asking for orders of protection, many grandpas are active caregivers of their grandchildren. I see those powers in our staff and board members who are dads, in our incredibly dedicated crisis line volunteers who are dads, in caring teachers who want their students to have healthy relationships and father many children beyond their own. I see those powers in the 100 Good Men donors, whose names are listed on a poster in the hallway. The truth is: Dads are super important in helping stop domestic and sexual violence in our community. These are real superheroes, with powers far more meaningful than leaping tall buildings in a single bound.
So, come celebrate Super Dads with SAFE and the Ravalli County Coalition this Saturday, June 14 at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market. We’ll have games and Father’s Day crafts – it’s a great (free!) way to spend some time with the kids and hone your super powers. Happy Father’s Day and THANK YOU!