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Jun 052017
 

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It’s difficult to sleep if you don’t have a home. It’s especially difficult to sleep deeply when you have no way to secure your personal belongings and you’re worried about your personal safety.

Unfortunately, this describes what sleeping is like for the homeless.

The State of Homelessness in the United States

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases their annual Homeless Assessment Report. In 2016, they reported:

  • Nearly 550,000 people are homeless on any given night in the United States.
  • Two-thirds stay in emergency shelters or transitional housing, while one-third sleep in an unsheltered location on the street.
  • 35% of the homeless population are families with children.
  • 22% of the homeless are children under the age of 18.
  • 10% of the homeless are veterans.
  • Senior homelessness is on the rise, with the amount of homeless seniors expected to increase to 95,000 by 2050.
  • Just five states account for half of the homeless population: California (22%), New York (16%), Florida (6%), Texas (4%), and Washington (4%).
  • The city with the highest population of homeless people is New York City.

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May 052017
 

COLUMBIA — In a state among the worst in the nation in incidents of domestic violence, Statehouse lawmakers have taken a step toward teaching young people how to avoid such behavior.

The South Carolina Senate passed legislation this week that would allow minors as young as 16 to get a court order of protection — without their parents’ consent — when they are victims of domestic violence.

Additionally, the bill, which was approved unanimously, would create a dating violence education program for the state’s middle and high schools.

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May 012017
 


A new Spartanburg tradition continues! SpartOberfest 
is the Oktoberfest celebration for Spartanburg.  SpartOberfest will be held Sept. 14-16, 2017. It is two days of family friendly fun featuring live music and entertainment, great food, drink and our Christmas Market filled with local artisans and small businesses selling unique gifts for the holidays. Why should you attend? They are dedicating at least 10% to local organizations like SAFE Homes Rape Crisis CoalitionSt. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic, & the Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network (SPIHN). By supporting SpartOtoberfest, you are helping your community and your neighbors.

This year is their 1st Vor-dem-fest concert which will be on Thursday, September 14, from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm featuring: Country music artist Morgan Riley and her band!!

To learn more, click SpartOberfest and/or go their facebook page SpartOberfest.

 

 

Apr 122017
 

Research shows that 1 in 6 young men and 1 in 5 young women will be Sexually Assaulted before the ages of 18. Let’s come together as a community and work to end this serious social issue!

Join the Still Living Movement for their 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 6th at 9:00am in Spartanburg SC. Help us bring more attention to Sexaul Assault and Child Abuse Awareness Month. Click on the link below and register your group of 10 people or more for only $15 (with T-shirt).Top running prizes will be given on that day!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/still-living-5k-runwalk-tickets-32554886542

Sign up today!

Apr 122017
 

As we look ahead to the start of a new year, we can set our sights on the 2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign! This coming April’s campaign is shaping up to be one of the biggest in scope, as the outreach materials call on new voices to join the movement. The materials listed below and much more will be available on the SAAM website beginning mid-January.

The Theme: Engaging New Voices

We can all use our voices to change the culture to prevent sexual violence. Prevention requires addressing the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist. This April we’re calling on groups whose influence can play a critical role in changing those causes and norms.

We’re strongest when we raise our voices together, and that’s why we’re engaging new groups in the movement. These groups can help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those that they teach, guide, and influence.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017 Campaign Overview

Feb 142017
 

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition will offer a special volunteer training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors beginning March 6, 2017 – March 28, 2017

This volunteer job may be perfect for you!

Our agency provides a 24-hour crisis hot line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We serve Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties.

We need Volunteer Victim Advocates to be on-call after office hours, weekends and holidays during shifts they choose each month. These volunteers may also work in our emergency shelter.

Domestic Violence volunteers respond to telephone calls only. Sexual Assault volunteers respond to telephone calls and hospital referrals. Victims of sexual assault who report to law enforcement go to a local hospital for a forensic rape examination and SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition provides accompaniment and advocacy during this process.

All prospective volunteers attend an extensive 30-hour training program to prepare them for the demands of this position. Training includes an agency overview, dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, current law, crisis intervention, shelter and hospital procedures, listening skills, and resources and referrals.

You can make a difference in the life of a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.  Come and find out how.  For more information or to sign up for the training, email Jamie Hughes @ (jamie.hughes@shrcc.org) or Karen Martin-Wilkins (karen.martinwilkins@shrcc.org) or call @ 583-9803 .  We hope you will join us!

This training has applied for VSP certification hours through the Office of the Crime Victims’ Ombudsman and the Office of Victim Services Education and Certification (OVSEC).

Draft of 2017 Volunteer Training Schedule

Feb 022017
 

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!

In February 2017, loveisrespect will be celebrating its 10th anniversary! So, we thought we’d get back to basics. Our theme for Teen DV Month 2017 is Love is . . . Respect. We’ll be talking about what respect means and why it’s so important in a healthy relationship – online and off. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

Love is Respect TDVAM

Jan 032017
 

Please Join SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition for our 1st Annual 1BlueStringHubCity Awareness Campaign & Competition

This competition is made possible by The Star and The Rosemary Antosh Charitable Fund

1BlueStringHubCityis a singer/songwriter competition for artists in Spartanburg and surrounding areas. Contestants will need to submit an original piece focused on this year’s theme; HOPE. Judges will score each entry and select only 6 finalists. On April 7th, 2017, the 6 finalists will perform their song during a live, public concert @ USC Upstate. Concert goers will vote and decide the winner!

Online registration opened January 1, 2017 and will close February 12, 2017. Finalists will be announced in March. The winning prize package includes cash, studio time, and spotlight performance slots.

1bluestring.orgis an awareness campaign founded by 1in6.org. The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.

What does HOPE mean to you? Where do you turn for HOPE? What gives you HOPE? Was there a time when you didn’t have HOPE? How do you inspire HOPE in others? Tell us about it. As a matter of fact, write a song and sing about it! Be creative – be original!

Contestants may visit 1BlueStringHubCity.com for registration information. Tickets for the finale are only $6 and may be ordered online or purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Jamie Hughes at 864.583.9803 or jamie.hughes@shrcc.org.

If you need help, please call our hotline number @864-583-9803 or toll free @ 800-273-5066.

Nov 232016
 

Join The Shop & SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition

for the 17th Annual Toy Poker Run

December 3th, 2016

Rain Date:  December 10th, 2016

            Registration at The Shop Clubhouse – “breakfast available”
521 New Cut Road, Una SC
 Last Card at Mid City Shrine Club
1470 Fort Prince Blvd
Wellford, SC
Entertainment – Anna Leigh Band
First Bike Out – 11:00 am
Last Bike Out – 1:00 pm
$25 Joker at each stop – Good Luck!
 Parade with Santa departs promptly at 3:00 pm from 4th draw stop 

@ Grille 221 on Hwy 211 – Spartanburg, SC

Last Card Drawn @ Mid City Shrine Club. 
    Poker Run Entry: New Toys/Games or Cash Donations
    One hand per rider with donation – All Motorcycles & Vehicles Welcome
   For information:  Willie: 542-5610, Tennessee: 921-5086
or info@theshopshots.com
                                            Cash Prizes for Best Hand -$400                                        
2nd Best Hand- $200
& Worst Hand – $100