Safehome, Inc.

Overland Park, KS   |  www.safehome-ks.org

Mission

Safehome's mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community.

Ruling year info

1981

President/CEO

Ms. Heidi Wooten

Main address

PO Box 4563

Overland Park, KS 66204 USA

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Formerly known as

Johnson County Association of Battered Persons

EIN

48-0917798

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safehome Emergency Shelter

Safehome’s Emergency Shelter offers a confidential, safe and healing atmosphere for clients and their children to live and heal. Safehome’s state of the art shelter accommodates 60 adults and children at one time and is in a safe, confidential location. Services include counseling; legal advocacy; housing assistance; educational, economic, and vocational advocacy; and a specialized children's program. Residents receive meals, clothing, personal care items, on-site free laundry, and access to the agency's computer lab, library, and special activities. Services are provided at no cost to the client. All services are available in English and Spanish. Other language translators are provided as needed. Survivors of domestic violence with disabilities are welcome at Safehome’s shelter which is ADA accessible. Rooms are accessible, with bedrooms adapted for persons with physical disabilities.

Population(s) Served

Safehome’s Children’s Program serves children, birth through age 17, who come to Safehome’s shelter or through the Clinical Program. Experienced program staff work together to meet the needs of children exposed to family violence. Staffed by a full-time, professionally licensed Children’s Therapist, a full-time Children and Family Advocate and other experienced staff, the program uses art therapy and play therapy to help children express their feelings regarding the violence that they have experienced, and to learn alternatives to violent behavior. In individual, group, and family counseling, children learn to express their feelings through age-appropriate, therapeutic activities such as sculpting, painting and Sand Tray Therapy. Families receive support and case management from the Children and Family Advocate and other staff who reinforce the concepts, behaviors, and skills learned by the children and mothers in counseling sessions with the Children’s Therapist.

Population(s) Served

Safehome's Clinical Counseling Program provides no-cost, confidential counseling support for survivors of domestic violence and their families. The Counseling Program is staffed by six licensed therapists, including two full-time bilingual therapists. Services include individual therapy for adults and children, family counseling, and support groups. In individual counseling, the therapist and client work together to understand the dynamics of domestic violence as it relates to the survivors’ experience, create a safety plan, heal trauma, better manage anxiety or depression, and learn healthy life skills. In child and family counseling, therapists utilize a variety of modalities, including play therapy, sand tray therapy, art therapy, and attachment- focused family therapy. Group Counseling provides a supportive setting for victims to escape the isolation of an abusive relationship.

Population(s) Served

Safehome’s Lethality Prevention Program was created in 2011 to respond to a dramatic increase in the number of clients at risk of lethal harm by their domestic abusers. The Lethality Assessment tool allows police officers, medical personnel, and Hotline Advocates who are assisting a survivor of domestic violence to determine the likelihood that the survivors is in a high-risk situation. Survivors who fall in this category are immediately offered safety planning, shelter at Safehome (even when the shelter is at capacity), and community resources. Clinical Intake Advocacy appointments are guaranteed within 48 hours of the contact. During these appointments, the survivor is able to relate his or her story in a safe, compassionate environment. The Lethality Prevention Advocate provides safety planning, support, and information about Safehome’s and community resources. Clients are also connected to support groups and referred to a Safehome therapist when needed.

Population(s) Served

Safehome's Housing Program is designed to assist adults and children that are homeless due to fleeing domestic violence. The
program consists of three elements: rental assistance, case management, and outreach
support services. It offers a tremendous emotional and financial help as
women embark on a life free from violence. The Housing Program provides graduated rental assistance over a one year period. This allows clients to prepare
and transition toward self-sufficiency and offers a rebuilding period which
fosters healing and personal growth while gaining financial independence and
long-term stability. Other support services available as part of Safehome's comprehensive wrap-around services include individual and group counseling, life skills and domestic violence education, referrals to community resources, goal planning, parenting support, economic advocacy, and financial management education.

Population(s) Served

The Economic Advocate works with each shelter client to help determine each person's economic, vocational, and educational needs and strengths. The Economic Advocate provides resources and referrals tailored to each client's economic goals, including help with budgeting, opening a bank account, saving, writing a resume, and finding a job. The Advocate monitors each client's progress through weekly client review meetings. A weekly life skills group helps shelter residents expand their knowledge of community resources and independent living skills. An eight-hour financial literacy class is offered to both shelter and outreach clients each quarter to further explore money management, debt reduction, credit ratings and repair, banking and saving. Spanish language classes are provided in the shelter and in the community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence 2019

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients in residential care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Safehome Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Unfortunately, as domestic violence continues to rise or stay steady year after year, Safehome's services are always in demand. In 2020, our numbers may be down due to Covid-19.

Number of nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Safehome Emergency Shelter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Unfortunately, as domestic violence continues to rise or stay steady year after year, Safehome's services are always in demand. In 2020, our numbers may be down due to Covid-19.

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Clinical Counseling Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Safehome's clinical program serves adults and children who have experienced domestic violence.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our primary focus is to:

1. Continue our mission-driven focus on providing excellent, effective client services by expanding and strengthening our community partnerships, improving internal support and coordination of services for underserved clients, and providing training and tools needed to support a skilled, dedicated and effective staff.
2. Reduce incidents of domestic violence in Johnson County by eliminating barriers to services and providing critical support services to those in immediate danger.
3. Ensure adequate agency resources by strengthening fundraising efforts.

We define long-term success by our ability to: maintain a balanced budget, maintain high-quality services to clients as measured by client surveys, and a continued and sustained reduction in the number of domestic violence homicides.

Enhance the quality of agency programs and services to meet and exceed best practice standards. We will accomplish this through the recently created internal quality assurance program.
Strengthen agency infrastructure and administrative services to support recent agency growth, and position the agency for future expansion. We will attract and retain experienced and skilled staff. We are working toward accomplishing this through the creation of the position of Director of People and Culture. This position allows the agency to better position itself to hire the best people and provide management with the best support.
Increase Safehome’s presence and impact as a community partner and advocate in the face of increasing client needs and decreasing community resources. We will accomplish this through Director of Community Programs and Director of Community Awareness and the launch of our new website in 2020.
Increase the agency’s ability to utilize changing technology for security and operations, including purchasing laptops for all staff. This is important to respond to the needs of our clients and to be prepared for emergency situations. This initiative will be lead by our Chief Operations Officer.
Strengthen fundraising and marketing efforts to support recent and future growth. This is currently being accomplished by creating new and exciting events. We also recently sold out our annual golf tournament.
Improve Board diversity in demographics, connections, and skills to fulfill the agency’s mission and meet the goals of the strategic plan. This will be carried out through the President/CEO’s outreach and outreach by the existing board.Study best-practices and evidence-based research surrounding the Lethality Assessment Program. The Lethality Assessment Program has been in place since 2011. We will ensure the program stays relevant, effective, and innovative through this study.

A history of fiscal stability as recognized in "Charity Navigator" the annual Guidestar report on nonprofit organizations; well-established, capable, and committed leadership; high-quality programs centered by evidence-based practices; a commitment to on-going self-assessment and constantly improving business practices and procedures throughout the organization.

Accomplishments: - Implementation of anonymous survey data to track the success of our clients and our program.- Hiring of the Database & Statistics manager to effectively and accurately track and compile data.- Stabilization of our case manager team, all of whom have been with the agency for at least 2 years and as many as 10 years.- The hiring of a Chief Operations Officer to oversee smooth, efficient, and fair operations of the shelter.- Strengthening our shelter advocates through additional training and additional advocates on each shift.- Outsourcing some IT services to ensure safe and continued operations.- Increased board diversity. We have accomplished this, but it is an ongoing goal. - Implementation of two new events: Write Your Story and Horses, Hats, and Hope. - Sold out golf tournament in 2019. - 313 adults and children were served in Safehome's shelter- 100% of survivors reported feeling safer after two weeks in the shelter than when they first arrived.- 75% of residents, upon departure, reported securing safe housing before leaving Safehome.- 94% of residents, upon departure, agreed or strongly agreed they felt supported by Safehome’s therapist.- 97% of residents, upon departure, agreed or strongly agreed they know how to plan for their safety. Still Working:- Acquiring laptops for all staff.- Studying best LAP practices. Will be complete by August 2020.- Completing Website by May 2020. - Implementation of improved Community Awareness Programming by August 2020.

Financials

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Safehome, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Rita D'Agostino

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Term: 2015 - 2020

Marcie Artman

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Chris Baxter

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Chris Chaney

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Solana Flora

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Trish Reedy

Cecilia D'Agostino

Stephanie Herbst

Maria O'Dell

Greg O'Halloran

Rachel Tucker

Jill Phillips

John Ritter

James Byrd

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/18/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data