Hello SafeHaven Supporter!
October is an important time at SafeHaven – it is domestic violence awareness month. For too many in Tarrant County, every month can be a time when domestic violence enters their world and turns it upside-down. Each October we try to get back to basics, to remember why we do this work every day, and how we’re working to end domestic violence as a community.
This October is especially important as SafeHaven is simultaneously celebrating its 40th anniversary. As you likely know, 40 years ago a group of like-minded women came together to start The Women’s Haven in Fort Worth. I have had the opportunity to visit with some in that incredible group and, let me assure you, these were some no-nonsense women! They stuck with the mission and had a “no matter what” sense of style…and two years later, in 1978, The Women’s Shelter was formed by First Baptist Church Arlington. Looking back on all those involved and recognizing the amount of foresight and passion they must have had makes me so proud of our community. It makes me even prouder to be a part of this 40-year movement right here in Tarrant County.
Having a sense of community – for clients and supporters alike – is what makes SafeHaven such a special space. Both looking back on our history and continuing to raise awareness this October makes me hopeful for the future,
a future where our community accomplishes great things in the world of intimate partner violence. Thank you for being a part of it all.
With best regards, I am
President and CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County