HISTORY

    
SAFE OF CLARION COUNTY BEGAN IN LATE 1979 AS A COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT BY THE LOCAL BOARD OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS.  THE ORIGINAL GOALS OF THE PROJECT WERE TO ENCOURAGE COORDINATED SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE, AND TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION.
    
    IN 1983, SAFE FILED AS A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION AND BEGAN RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICES.  AS AN ALL-VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION, SAFE RELIED ON THE HELP OF CLARION COUNTY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES, COMMUNITY ACTION, AND HUMAN RESOURCES TO PROVIDE SUPPORT SERVICES AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

    IN JULY 1984, SAFE WAS GRANTED FUNDING THROUGH THE PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (PCADV) WHICH ENABLED THEM TO OPEN A SMALL OFFICE AND TO HIRE A PART-TIME PROGRAM DIRECTOR.  

   IN 1987, SAFE STARTED THEIR TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROJECT/SHELTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

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