Editor's note: CultureMap is committed to shining a light on Austin-area nonprofits and their impact on our community. So, we're launching the first-ever CultureMap Austin Charity Challenge, highlighting deserving local organizations — one of which will become our charity partner for 2016 based on readers' votes. Get to know one of our eight finalists, SAFE Alliance.
Sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse are suffered by many worldwide, and the people of Austin are no exception. SAFE Alliance is on a mission to stop the cycle of abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.
In 2011, the alliance between SafePlace and Austin Children’s Shelter was forged and the two groups merged as a powerhouse organization committed to stopping abuse. The group’s first project together was the expansion of George M. Kozmetsky Charter School. The school, which is located on the SafePlace campus, serves children in grades kindergarten through eighth staying in the Kelly White Emergency Shelter, Austin Children’s Shelter, or supportive housing with their custodial parent. Along with a truly safe place for those they serve, the organization provides trained teachers to help student survivors move on and succeed in their education.
Vote now for SAFE Alliance — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge running through December 30. A winner will be announced January 5, 2016, and will receive a CultureMap advertising package worth $10,000.