Our Purpose SAVE’s mission is to strengthen every individual and family we serve with the knowledge and support needed to break the cycle of intimate partner 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 live the life they choose. SAVE’s History SAVE was founded in 1976 as a grassroots organization by a group of Tri-City women to provide support to survivors of domestic violence. At the time, there were no shelters in Southern Alameda County that could serve the specific needs of individuals and families experiencing DV. Other SAVE firsts include educating police officers and medical personnel about intimate partner violence (IPV), establishing a transitional housing program which won national recognition, and providing teen dating violence awareness presentations in schools. SAVE’s Empowerment Center at SAVE was established in 2014 with tremendous support from community partners, including The Despeaux Good Works Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation and Washington Hospital Healthcare System. As a community resource, the Empowerment Center offers services and programs to individuals experiencing domestic violence. It’s a safe space to rest and regroup where survivors can get in-person crisis support, assistance with food and clothing, referrals, and help applying for restraining orders. The EC also houses SAVE’s individual, group, and family counseling services, as well as a robust Community Education program. 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. SAVE is committed every day to creating strong, trusting partnerships and centering inclusiveness and cultural humility– 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.