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.
1976 – 2016: 40 Years of Community Service
SAVE was founded in 1976 as a grassroots organization. When there were no shelters in Southern Alameda County, SAVE opened its first “safe house.” In 1987, when there were few resources for professional first responder training, SAVE began educating police officers and medical personnel about domestic violence. In 1988, SAVE established a transitional housing program specifically for victims of domestic violence, which won national recognition and an award in 1991 for innovation. And in 2008, SAVE began providing its Teen Dating Violence (TDV) awareness and prevention curriculum in schools — long before district policies recognized the need for education and awareness.
In 2014 The Empowerment Center at SAVE was established to address client needs in addition to the support provided at our Emergency Shelter. A community resource, the Center offers services and programs that encompass wellness and exercise, financial planning, job preparedness, computer lab access, individual and family counseling, and more. An on-site Community Case Manager is available to address the needs of walk-in individuals who are or who have experienced domestic violence. Walk-in services include crisis support, assistance with food and clothing, referrals, and help with restraining orders.
Every year SAVE serves thousands of individuals and families across all its programs. SAVE’s reputation is built upon not only its many years of quality service and firsts, but also its focus on recognizing the needs of those not served, creating strong, trusting partnerships and inclusiveness – all are welcome regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, language spoken, level of education, physical or developmental needs, and geographic location.
SAVE’s compassionate approach puts our clients and partners first, so they are empowered to make healthy decisions every day…right here.