Welcome to our Blog

Written by Workhorse Marketing

by Diane McDaniel Rhodes, Chief Program Officer

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”– Fred Rogers


Welcome to the blog. We’re delighted to be expanding our online presence. This is your connection to the SafePlace community. It’s also the new home of updates about programs and services, up-coming events, how-to’s and links to items we’re interested in and thinking about. Like the agency, our blog will have many voices. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

Everything about sexual and domestic violence is difficult. Except maybe being part of the solution. What you do matters. Honor and care for your family. Speak up and help when you are concerned for someone else’s safety. Tell people you expect them to be nonviolent in all their relationships. Tell people you care about their safety.


“The Child Development Center took their first field trip in vehicles to Green Gate Farms.  (We had previously walked to the library- but that is as far as we had been!) We had amazing parent involvement, and we had a wonderful morning. Teachers surveyed the students about what they would like to plant, and Stacy and I went back and bought some plants for our garden, and the children planted an assortment of vegetables in our garden at the CDC.”

     – Pam Rutledge, Director of the Child Development Center

“In the midst of providing support groups and presentations to youth leaders, Austin Independent School District staff, parents and community members, Expect Respect is additionally conducting a large scale evaluation with the Center for Disease Control, and starting up the Changing Lives Youth Theater Ensemble tour. It’s an amazing team.”

     – Barri Rosenbluth, Director of Expect Respect