Sparks' Safe Embrace helps victims of domestic violence. Founded in 1994, Safe Embrace takes in women in abusive relationships, as well as their children and places them in temporary housing, providing them with necessary supplies and education. On Wednesday, starting at 5:30 p.m., Safe Embrace will be hosting a fundraiser for its organization at Great Basin Brewery on Victorian Avenue.
"October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we're hoping this event will help raise the awareness in our community," said Jill Boyer, executive director of Safe Embrace.
Great Basin will donate 10 percent of the money earned through meal purchases. Participants at the event will be able to meet Safe Embrace board members and staff and ask them questions. Names of northern Nevada domestic violence victims, who lost their lives in 2012, will be read and a moment of silence will be held in honor of them. There will also be a raffle, where participants get a chance to win massage packages, flowers deals and Great Basin gift cards. Proceeds of the raffle will also go to Safe Embrace.
"Great Basin has great food and great beer," said Boyer. "It's a fun way to mingle with staff and the board and a great way to honor those who were affected by domestic violence. "
"It's such a big problem," said Boyer. "Our shelter has 14 beds always that are always full. There's a waiting list, with women and children looking for a safe place to stay."
Safe Embrace is unique as it accepts male teens up to 17 years in age into its program. It is the only shelter in Nevada to do so.
"Last year, we helped 124 women and children," said Boyer. "There is a 30-day program that helps these women establish resources and helps them get back on their feet."
"We provide education and outreach at different places around town; the women's prison, Children's Cabinet, schools," said Boyer. "We want these women to feel empowered and know how to handle situations and stop red flags."
Educators with Safe Embrace teach the women about power and control, using the Power and Control Wheel model. This method teaches the women the warning signs of abusers, whether the victim is experiencing physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.
"We teach women what it means to have a healthy relationship," said Boyer.
"We had an event in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Woody's Grille where we raised $2,000," said Boyer. "We need this monetary help to help us fund programs at the shelter."
Those who are unable to attend the event are welcomed to make a donation online or stop at the Safe Embrace office.
"We have plenty of volunteer opportunities," said Boyer. "We love to have community support."
For more information about Safe Embrace, call (775) 322-3466 or visit www.safeembrace.com