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 to end the cycle of violence, so they may heal and have the freedom to reach their potential, thereby strengthening communities.We serve clients from any city, county, state, or country.
In 1976, a group of concerned community members recognized the need for a women’s shelter. They formed the Committee on Battered Women to provide public education on domestic violence and community support for shelter groups. A year later they incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name of Shelter Against Violent Environments (SAVE), and began earnest work to open a shelter. This dream became a reality on October 2, 1978.
Thirty years later, SAVE offered much more than shelter – counseling, transitional housing, life skills training, legal advocacy, restraining orders, crisis intervention, community education, teen dating violence prevention program, children’s programs, and support groups. To reflect this wide range of services, in late 2005 SAVE’s Board of Directors voted to change the agency’s name to Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, keeping the acronym SAVE which is most commonly used.
SAVE’s Annual Report