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Safe House Saved: Community Rallies Together to Keep Senior Safe House Open

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“I felt if people knew the need they would step forward. It continues my confidence in the type of people who live in our community.” -Juanita Daniel, Program Director for the Senior Safe House

Volunteers of America and the Senior Safe House is excited to announce that after facing closure should they not raise $200,000 by February 14th, the community of Sacramento rallied together to raise the money needed to keep the Safe House open.

In January, Sacramento Press published an article asking the community to help save the Safe House. The Senior Safe House is a haven of protection for abused and neglected seniors, who would otherwise face living in desperate circumstances on the streets, in motels, or in an unsafe environment. The Safe House provides short-term shelter and care until it can secure affordable housing, an independent living situation, or placement in a facility with support and counseling.

Volunteers of America, who operates the program, asked the community to help keep this vital program open and the community came together in a big way.

By saving the Safe House, the residents of Sacramento are saying one thing loud and clear: we care about our seniors and believe in the incredible work the Senior Safe House is doing.

“I’m delighted, I’m relieved, I’m thankful to God and to all the people who supported us,” Juanita Daniel, Program Director for the Safe House, said in response to the good news.

The money raised by the community in four short weeks will sustain the Safe House until June 30th, giving Volunteers of America the time needed to secure long-term funding and make adjustments. Daniel indicated they are feeling very hopeful about their ability to do so.

“We’re looking toward a bright future now,” Daniel said.

The response from the seniors currently residing at the Safe House was one of relief, gratitude, and happiness for the people coming after them. While waiting to hear if the Safe House would remain opened, Daniel said they kept saying, “What would people do if you weren’t here?” The community’s rallying together shows Daniel that “they are the community I believed they are.”

In addition to giving many thanks to the people of Sacramento for supporting the Safe House, Daniel noted, “I felt if people knew the need they would step forward. It continues my confidence in the type of people who live in our community and who, when there is a need to help seniors, will step up. And they did.”

Additional thanks to Christine Slaight and Chris Johnson of Cattle Rustlers Steakhouse in Citrus Heights, who organized a fund raiser in which half of the proceeds of a $12 barbecue dinner went directly to the Senior Safe House.

To learn more about Volunteers of America and the work they do, visit their website at www.voa-ncnn.org.

About the author

Bethany Harris

Bethany joined Sacramento Press in 2013 and enjoys writing articles that uncover the happenings of the city and the people behind the stories who make them so worth telling. A native of Sacramento, she also loves photography, running, gardening, coffee, and discovering new places and new things to do--both in the city and throughout California.

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