The Generation Project Capital Campaign
SafePlace strives to end sexual and domestic violence. We want every person to experience a safe and nurturing family where self worth and dreams blossom. When sexual and domestic violence occur, emotional trauma destroys trust and help is needed to heal.
SafePlace has expanded to meet the challenges faced by survivors, but we are limited by our lack of physical space where advocacy and related services can be provided.
We have launched a Capital Campaign- The Generation Project, to create a bigger facility that will respond to the needs of a diverse population of survivors and their families. Our capital campaign is the next step toward our vision of a community free of violence.
As SafePlace celebrates 31 years of service, we look back on a generation of success. We have served more than 20,000 survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in the South Puget Sound region. We currently provide three 24-hour emergency response programs, including a helpline, in person response to sexual assault victims and our 28 bed shelter. We offer prevention education and community engagement opportunities to stop violence before it happens, as well as, offer weekly survivor support groups, legal and parenting assistance and an intensive 48 hour volunteer training. All of our services are provided in the language of the survivor, as we strive to ensure all of our services are available to a diverse community of survivors.
The current SafePlace community service center is located in downtown Olympia at the corner of Adams and Legion, at an ideal location for both accessibility and raising awareness. As much as we love the quaint and historic house, we outgrew the space many years ago. Our space is beyond crowded. Support groups meet offsite at scarcely available locations. Our current building has no comfortable safe space for children who accompany their parents, and only one room available to meet with survivors.
It is time for us to have services in adequate space for those that certainly should be provided at least a small amount of comfort.
Our Capital Campaign will provide us a LEED-certified 13,000 square-foot community service center to be located on the corner of Legion and Adams. We will operate our current programs more efficiently and expand our services, including onsite services for children. As an exciting addition, we will have an educational commercial kitchen to be managed by MIJAS (Mujeres Improving Job Abilities and Skills), a group of Latina survivors who support women on the path to economic independence. We will offer dining services for the downtown community, a small business incubator for survivors and a place for community dinners and celebrations.
The goal of the capital campaign is $4.7 million, which we plan to secure by June of 2014. Currently we have raised $2.6 million through public funds and private donations. Because we know that the work of SafePlace is both needed and valued by the community, we are certain that we can reach this goal. It will require the support and partnership of many individuals. If you share our vision and want to contribute to our capital campaign, please make your financial gift through PayPal or contact Mary Pontarolo, Executive Director at 360-786-8754 ext 104.