Hello SafeHaven Supporters!
Although it is already March 4, it still feels like the beginning of the year here at SafeHaven – the beginning of a lot of things, really. We moved into our new, official headquarters building in mid-January and we have been busy settling into the space and nailing down the ideas and concepts we have turned into plans for 2020.
As many of you have known and loved, we have hosted an annual luncheon, Legacy of Women, for the past 27 years. Through this event, we have honored female leaders throughout Tarrant County. And in the process of recognizing these women, we have been honored ourselves to stand in the presence of greatness. We have given the Legacy of Women award to hundreds of women over 27 years – women leaders from Fort Worth to Arlington, HEB to Azle, and everywhere in between. These outstanding women have influenced our community in powerful and inspirational ways, changing the ways we do business, make art, educate our young, and serve the vulnerable. We will forever be changed due to their leadership and ability to lean in.
After months of strategizing, assessing fundraising plans, and facilitating thoughtful conversations about how to best achieve the mission of SafeHaven, our staff and Board have made the decision to end the Legacy of Women event. The agency has grown over 30% in the past five years, and in doing so, has built capacity to take things like Domestic Violence Awareness Month to the next level. Perhaps the most impactful – on a grand scale – part of our mission is ending domestic violence through social change. Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in October, provides the opportunity to press into this piece, and we’re shifting the focus of our staff time completely to effecting social change in Tarrant County, partially during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
We could not be more humbled to have spent time with, learned from, and leaned on the Legacy of Women honorees over the years. What a unique and exceptional experience it has been for us and for our community to recognize the women of Tarrant County, with all their strength, grace, and good grit. These women have been and continue to be an example for all of us.
There is a quote that I have taken with me throughout my career, a quote by the anthropologist Margaret Mead. “Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” SafeHaven is taking this legacy, a legacy of thoughtful and committed women, and moving forward. Change in our community started at SafeHaven over 40 years ago, and change will continue to drive our mission until domestic violence is eliminated in Tarrant County.