Originally formed in 1996 as a Grassroots Support Organization, SAFE acquired its 501(c)3 federal non-profit status in early 2001. SAFE has served tens of thousands of individuals since its inception, has had extensive press coverage, and is continuously growing. Our organization's original founder, Jade Rubrick, started this organization as a result of being turned away from domestic abuse shelters. Although he was being abused by his now ex-wife, he was turned down admittance into multiple domestic abuse shelters because he was male. Rubick had stated during an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, "'We're here to help women,' he said he was told. 'We don't know what to say to a man.'" Rubick then saw the lack of available resources there were for individuals seen as minorities to domestic abuse. In response, he created SAFE to aid victims that fall between the cracks of guidance and assistance. Since starting the organization, we have expanding our knowledge of abuse minorities to far more than just males. We now educate individuals on elderly abuse, bullying, sibling abuse, gay and lesbian abuse, cyber bullying, and much more. This is an organization that attempts to stop abuse for everyone rather than just a select few.
Rubick has since retired from his position at SAFE with the hopes of keeping his message alive. Since then, the organization has been directed by Dianna Thompson. Thompson has expanded/updated our website, created a National Directory of Services, expanding the speaker's bureau, and has worked to uphold the outstanding reputation of SAFE. Addition information and links on the history of SAFE are available below.
SAFE was founded by Jade Rubick in 1996 and became a non-profit organization in 2001. The image to the left is of our organization's founder, Jade Rubick.
Founder & Past President of SAFE
In Memory Of SAFE Speaker Patricia Overberg
When male victims, whether on their own or with their children, sought help, she didn't turn them away. Overberg was director of the Valley Oasis Shelter in Lancaster, Calif. from 1989 through 1998. During that time, Valley Oasis was the only shelter in the U.S. that men needing help could turn to. Even today Valley Oasis remains one of the very few shelters in the U.S. that offers the same level of services to male victims as to female victims.
Overberg treated gay men and lesbians with the same respect and level of service accorded to all the people she helped. She pioneered in bringing a transgendered volunteer on board at the Valley Oasis.
Overberg’s legacy lives on for all victims of domestic violence and in efforts to provide equal access to services for people everywhere. To learn more about Pat please visit her memorial website at: http://patriciaoverberg.remembered-forever.org/
In Memory of Ira Streitfeld
We are setting up an Ira Streitfeld Memorial Fund in his memory. The money collected, minus any processing fees, will be donated to Ira's designated charity, the Q Center of Portland, Oregon. We will notify Ira's family of any donations received in his honor. Any donations received that have any mention of the memorial fund will be donated to the Q Center of Portland.
Contributed by Jade Rubick