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Tahoe SAFE Alliance turns 30, celebrates 20,000 served

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Tahoe SAFE Alliance turns 30 this year, and the nonprofit hosted a celebration lunch with 100 community partners and agencies, volunteers and donors at the North Tahoe Event Center on Sept. 10.

The nonprofit agency that provides services to survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee celebrated the nearly 20,000 community members that have received services since 1985.

“As the Executive Director for the past 10.5 years, it has been an honor to work with a group of passionate staff, board and cadre of volunteers,” said Karen Carey. “I have witnessed Tahoe SAFE Alliance’s growth over this last decade and sincerely appreciate all of the dedication of past and present staff, board members and volunteers who saw a need and followed their heart to help others in our community.”

This milestone says a lot about how supportive the community has been through the many successes and challenges Tahoe SAFE Alliance has faced over the years.

As the only agency providing safety, advocacy, support and education to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, the mission of Tahoe SAFE Alliance creates a passion in others for the work we do.

A few of the highlights from the last 30 years

• Tahoe SAFE Alliance is very fortunate to have an office in the D.W. Reynolds building thanks to the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. One of our three offices is located here which creates an atmosphere for collaboration and up to date technology.

• Agency started by volunteers who saw need for crisis line for domestic violence victims.

• Raised money to purchase our own Safe House for women and children.

• Offering Sexual Assault services.

• Starting a Prevention Program to educate our community and youth.

• Offering Legal services.

• Providing treatment services for children who have been abused, neglected or have witnessed domestic violence.

• Changed our name from Tahoe Women’s Services to Tahoe SAFE Alliance to better represent our services and to engage men in partnering with us.

• Starting a Transitional Housing program thanks to our generous donors

• Through the support of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and our partners, moved into a beautiful renovated space to provide an integrated service model to our community members in North Lake Tahoe.

The next 30 years

Guests attending the celebration lunch were given insight into the vision for Tahoe SAFE Alliance over the next 30 years.

They were included in the visioning by including their statements and the role they plan to play in the non-profits future and in providing violence free communities.

Our vision for the next 30 years includes:

• An additional shelter for women and children.

• An attorney on staff to assist our community members.

• A bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist to provide adult therapy.

• Create a stronger technology and social media presence.

• Be a certified Service Enterprise that will increase the capacity of our programs and help us to better engage volunteers.

• Operate a for profit business to assist with cash flow and provide a training ground for community members to whom we offer services.

• Increase our capacity by creating a stronger fundraising program that will allow us to be more sustainable.

This article was submitted by Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Established in 1985, the nonprofit’s mission is to end the incidence and trauma of domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. To donate or volunteer, or for more information, visit http://www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.