SAVE’s mission is to strengthen every individual and family we serve with the knowledge and support needed to break the cycle of violence and build healthier lives.
We believe that every person has the right to live in peace. Every day we provide shelter, support, and educational opportunities for individuals and families so they may end the cycle of abuse, heal, and have the freedom to reach their potential.We serve clients from any city, county, state, or country.
In 1976, a group of Tri-Cities residents, concerned about domestic violence in their community, decided to take action. Because there were no victim resources in the area, the group formed the Committee on Battered Women to organize community support for shelter groups and provide education and outreach to our wider community. A year later the Committee incorporated as a non-profit organization — “Shelter Against Violent Environments” — and began working in earnest to open a shelter. This dream became a reality on October 2, 1978, with the opening of SAVE’s first shelter.
SAVE will celebrate its 40th year of service in 2016. Over the past decades, SAVE built upon the foundation established by our grassroots founders. We now offer an array of programs and services, including SAVE’s long-established Clinical Training Program.
We’ve designed our programs and services to meet the needs of victims and their families, and our communities, chief among them are SAVE’s 30-bed Emergency Shelter, 24-hour Hotline, Clinical Services Program (counseling and drop-in support groups), restraining order clinics, Community Education and Outreach Program, Youth Program that addresses teen dating violence and youth empowerment, Children’s Program, COPS (Community Oriented Prevention Services) Victim Advocate Program, and, with the opening of The Empowerment Center at SAVE in 2014, drop-in crisis support and support groups, and a rotating schedule of workshops and classes.
SAVE’s Annual Report