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February 26, 2013 > SAVE inspires and educates at Open Doors event

SAVE inspires and educates at Open Doors event

Submitted By Tina Fernandez

SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) hosted its first Open Doors event of 2013 on January 24. We had a full house with 40 guests who gathered to learn about domestic violence and SAVE's community work.

This free community education and outreach event included presentations by SAVE staff about the agency's history, basic facts about domestic violence, and information regarding SAVE's array of free programs, including our emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, counseling, COPS (SAVE's police-department based advocacy program) and our innovative teen dating violence and awareness program, "Loves Me, Loves Me Not."

The highlight of Open Doors was SAVE's guest speaker, Cindy. She shared her experiences and explained how abuse harms not just the victim but impacts entire family, co-workers, and communities. Cindy inspired SAVE's guests because she is not only a survivor, she is an advocate for victims and a dedicated SAVE supporter.

SAVE thanks all those who attended, including Acting Fremont Police Chief Clarise Lew and representatives for Congressman Mike Honda, Assemblymember Bill Quirk, and Supervisor Scott Haggerty. SAVE was honored to also have as guests staff from Alameda County Social Services, New Horizon Center, Centerville Junior High, members of Fremont's First Christian Church, Shelley Bartley's Friends of SAVE, and concerned community members. SAVE also thanks Danielle London, SAVE Board member and Alameda County District Attorney, for joining us.

SAVE's next Open Doors will take place on April 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Nakamura Clinic in Union City. This event is free and lunch is included. Please note that registration is required. For more information, contact Tina Fernandez at (510) 574-2266 or email tina@save-dv.org. Ready to register? It's easy via Eventbrite.com: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4122093292.

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