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 were becoming increasingly concerned that domestic violence was happening in our communities, and so they took action. Because there were no victim resources in the Tri-Cities 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.
Today, nearly 40 years later, SAVE has built upon the foundation established by our grassroots founders and we now offer an array of programs and services designed to meet the needs of victims and their families, and our community as a whole. In addition to our 30-bed Emergency Shelter, SAVE has a 24-hour Hotline, a Clinical Services Program (counseling and drop-in support groups), restraining order clinics, a Community Education and Outreach Program, a Youth Program that addresses teen dating violence and youth empowerment, a Children’s Program, our COPS (Community Oriented Prevention Services) Victim Advocate Program, and, with the opening of The Empowerment Center at SAVE in 2014, crisis support, workshops and classes, and support groups. To better reflect SAVE’s scope of services and programs, the organization is now called, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments or, simply, SAVE.
SAVE’s Annual Report