Safe Center’s 2nd Annual Gala

During the Safe Center’s 2nd Annual Gala, Allison Buckholts was honored as Outstanding Board Member. In celebration of the honor, Sen. Paul Scott had the state draft a citation. Pictured are Scott, Buckholts, Safe Center Executive Director Cora Thomas and Board President Laura Goldring.

The Safe Center, a United Way agency, hosted its 2nd Annual Gala where attendees were told of the funding goals the center had and what they hoped to do if the goals were met.

One need Safe Center Executive Director Cora Thomas said was on the list was a Supervised Parental Visitation site. This came after a client wasn’t eligible for Department of Human Services supervised parental visitations.

“After researching, we realized that there currently aren’t any other providers in the service area offering visitation to the general public,” Thomas said. “We also realized that supervised visitation would benefit victims of domestic violence who haven’t yet come forward for services through our center by providing a safe place with a trained monitor for children and parents to meet without fear or threat of violence.”

Through funding raised the night of the gala, Safe Center’s board of directors approved moving forward with the first step in the process of hiring a new staff member to provide supervised visitation, said Board President, Laura Goldring.

“We are very appreciative of the generosity of our community and two county service area,” she said. “After sharing our current goals with the gala attendees, they rallied behind us and raised enough funding in that one evening to help our board feel comfortable offering the service until it’s able to financially self-sustain.”

This new service is not the only thing the gala helped raise funding for the center. The sale of three Ben Herrington birdhouses at the gala will provide nine Boxcar Betty scholarships to individuals seeking higher education through Red River Technology Center over the next year.

The Safe Center, formally Women’s Haven, provides domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and prevention services in Stephens and Jefferson County. For more information about services, contact The Safe Center at (580)252-4357.

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