Challenge Gift for Oconee Shelter

March 6, 2013

During Safe Harbor’s 3/1/2013 press conference, Safe Harbor Board President Elisabeth Gadd announced that a generous Challenge Gift is being offered for Safe Harbor’s Oconee Shelter Capital Campaign.  If Safe Harbor can raise $100,000 for the Oconee Shelter in the next six months (between March 1-September 1, 2013), Mr. & Mrs. Bob & Fran Hanson will match it with a $100,000 major gift.

Through previous fundraising efforts and other generous gifts, over $270,000 has already been raised towards the $990,000 campaign goal for the Oconee Shelter.  Please consider making a gift and helping Safe Harbor to reach our campaign goal in order to open our Oconee Shelter as soon as possible, insuring safety and hope for victims of domestic violence and their children in Oconee County.

Click here to more about the Oconee Shelter Campaign or to make an online gift.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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