Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. Offers Prevention
Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. is happy to partner with the Verizon Foundation to offer prevention education for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Safe Haven will be using a $10,000 grant from Verizon Foundation to fund its various prevention education programs specifically serving the youth of Pike County.
Safe Haven offers various methods to share its timely message of prevention/education with the community. Foremost would be the substantial contribution it makes to the Delaware Valley School District, offering approximately 60 support groups and presentations for K-12 students each month with topics ranging from anti-bullying to healthy teen dating relationships. In addition, Safe Haven sponsors a youth leadership group (RYOT: Rallying Youth Organizers Together Against Violence) that promotes mentoring, violence prevention, and interactive theater with young people from Middle School through High School. In addition, Safe Haven extends its outreach with community presentations on teen dating violence to youth groups and on safe touch to local preschools.
“Education for dating violence provides a critical opportunity to break the cycle of violence before it escalates and Verizon is proud to improve the quality of life for youth and families in Pike County by empowering the community with innovative tools and resources,” said Daniel J. Reavy, Director of External Affairs for Verizon Pennsylvania. “We’re investing in programs, such as our partnership with Safe Haven of Pike County to touch people’s lives and encourage them that it a shared community responsibility to stand against domestic violence and together we can truly make a change.”
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, health care and sustainability. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org. To get the latest news follow the Verizon Foundation (@VerizonGiving) on Twitter (www.twitter.com/VerizonGiving). HopeLine from Verizon collects no-longer-used phones, batteries and accessories – in any condition from any carrier – and then refurbishes, sells, or recycles the phones and donates the proceeds to domestic violence organizations throughout the country and in Pennsylvania.
From January 1 through December 31, 2012, Safe Haven of Pike County, Inc. provided 1,176 hours of crisis intervention, counseling, and support groups to 722 survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including 74 children. During that time, Safe Haven offered 348 days of safe shelter to 61 women and children in flight from dangerous and abusive circumstances. Perhaps most importantly, Safe Haven delivered our message of non-violence and individual dignity to 3,348 students last year, so that the next generation of Pike County residents may live free from abuse.
All of these services are provided by a staff of seven caring, committed, helping professionals with over five decades of combined advocacy experience. Working with our team of trained volunteers, each of us is dedicated to Safe Haven’s mission and the values of non-violence and individual dignity.