OCONEE SHELTER TO OPEN ON 8/14/2014

August 12, 2014

photo sketch of our new shelter that is blue with people out front

SENECA, SC: Safe Harbor’s Oconee Shelter will officially open its doors for victims of domestic violence and their children on Thursday, August 14 at 5:00pm.

On March 1, 2013, Safe Harbor launched a capital campaign to raise $990,000 to open a 24-hour emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children in Oconee County. On January 10, 2014, Safe Harbor announced that the campaign goal had been met and exceeded with a total of $1,176,980.00 raised. Safe Harbor has been working throughout the first half of 2014 to complete necessary renovations, plans and staff training to prepare for the opening of the Oconee Shelter.

At Safe Harbor’s Oconee Shelter off-site ribbon cutting ceremony on July 8, 2014, SC Senator Thomas Alexander shared, “Today, we celebrate a different type of independence. We celebrate hope, transformation and independence for victims of domestic violence.”

Safe Harbor’s board, staff, and Oconee Advisory Committee share deepest gratitude and thanks to all community members, churches, businesses, foundations and other groups who helped to make the Oconee Shelter a reality through donating the necessary funds and supplies to prepare for the shelter’s official opening.

All Safe Harbor shelter locations (in Oconee, Greenville and Anderson) are confidential and secure. Victims of domestic violence seeking assistance throughout Safe Harbor’s 4-county service area (Greenville, Anderson, Oconee or Pickens counties) should call Safe Harbor’s 24/7 crisis line – 1.800.291.2139.

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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