SafePlace Holiday Giving Programs were designed to provide families with the joy most of us associate with the holiday season. Many of us take this season of joy for granted, but for those beginning to heal from sexual and domestic violence, a tiny bit of joy can make all the difference in the healing process.
The healing process can begin with shelter and safety. For many, that means staying in our Family Shelter or Supportive Housing Units, or receiving counseling and advocacy services. More often, it means a combination of those. But an integral part of the healing process is also joy; something that the families in our care often don’t have much of during the holiday season. The holidays are an especially difficult time for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Many survivors face financial hardship and families find themselves on the brink of homelessness, with scarcely any resources at their disposal. Amidst this stress and turmoil it can be hard for the holidays to ignite that flame of joy. SafePlace Holiday Giving Programs are just a small way we try to reignite that joyous flame. But we need your help.
SafePlace Holiday Giving Programs
- Sponsor a Family– Our Sponsor a Family program allows a donor to be assigned to shop for holiday gifts for a family or individual who is a client at SafePlace. Sponsors are matched with families living in our transitional housing or families we serve that live out in the community. Each family includes at least one SafePlace client. They may be women, men or children who are survivors of sexual or domestic violence or abuse.
- Shop for the Shelter– Our Shop for the Shelter program fills the needs of our shelter clients and families who will not be able to participate in the Sponsor a Family program due to time constraints. All donations collected for this program are displayed in the shelter, and our shelter clients then pick gifts for their family members staying with us – parents pick for their children and the children get to pick for their parents. The need for this program is great and all donations are much appreciated.
If you aren’t a shopper but would like to help, we encourage you to donate gift cards. Gift cards, in any amount, allow our clients a little control over their own lives–something many have been denied. Gift cards let our clients buy their own groceries and other essentials; or take their family out for some much-needed fun with gift cards for movie tickets and restaurants.
SafePlace also has number of different volunteer opportunities during the holidays as well including warehouse volunteers to assist in gathering and organizing holiday gifts, gift receiver and distributor volunteers and gift wrapping volunteers.
Family matching will begin in mid-October, and we are all asking that all gifts for Sponsor a Family and Shop for the Shelter to be dropped off December 14th-January. Due to our strict privacy and confidentiality policies, you will not meet the families you are serving, but please rest assured that our holiday program coordinator personally hands them the gifts after you’ve delivered them to us.
We hope that you will join us in creating magic for our survivors and their families this holiday season. Please contact SafePlace Community Relations Coordinator, Erin Cooper, at e[email protected] for questions or concerns.