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SAFE Was Founded in 1996!

Starting out as a grassroots organization, SAFE acquired its 501(c)3 federal nonprofit status in early 2001, so donations are tax-deductible in the United States.

SAFE's international headquarters are in Portland, Oregon, USA. SAFE has served tens of thousands of people since its inception, had extensive press coverage, and is growing rapidly.

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Jade Rubick
Founder & Past President of SAFE

SAFE was founded by Jade Rubick in 1996 and became a non-profit organization in 2001.

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In Memory Of SAFE Speaker Patricia Overberg

Patricia Overberg believed that family violence needs to be viewed holistically, and her commitment to the principle of equal treatment for all informed everything she did. Although most battered women's shelters refuse admittance to sons 12 years or older and force mothers to place their sons in foster care or be denied entrance to a shelter, Overberg refused to require mothers to choose between their own safety and the well-being of their children.

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

Ira Streitfeld, Vice President of Stop Abuse For Everyone, and the Speaker's Bureau Coordinator, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack, on July 22nd 2010. We are deeply saddened and stunned.

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

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