Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Feb 3, '15

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Today Betsy brought her grandson Tristan to join us for lunch, and Mark brought Cora who works at the Uptown Wells Fargo branch.

Gene let us know that Jack is in the hospital after a bad fall. Members are encouraged to contact Jack, Lucy, or Jackie to let them know we are thinking of them.

Keith let us know that Circle K is meeting at 5:30 tonight and Key Club is meeting Thursday at 11:56. Also, the Builder's Club is having a bake sale from 9:30 to 11 on Friday at Central Middle School. Jeremy reminded us that there is a board meeting Thursday evening at 5:15 at Metals.

Mark introduced Sabrina, the new executive director of SafeSpace. Sabrina let us know that SafeSpace has been in operation in Butte since the early 1970s, when it was just concerned women providing shelter and assistance to women who were victims of domestic violence. In 1980 the organization was formally organized into SafeSpace, and SafeSpace was incorporated in 1982. Sabrina has been with SafeSpace for a couple of years, and took over at Executive Director in February of 2014. From their roots in providing shelter and assistance for women who were the victims of domestic violence, they have expanded to provide services for men who are victims as well as children. They do not discriminate based on age, gender, gender identity, or any other grounds when providing shelter or services.

SafeSpace is in the process of converting from providing shelters with a confidential location to providing shelter in secured facilities. With modern technologies determined abusers can find the shelters, and locations in other cities, even in Montana, where they have converted to a secured location rather than a confidential location the occurrence of incidents has decreased while usage of the services has increased. SafeSpace does, and will continue, to work closely with Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement to maintain fast response times to their facilities, confidential and secure, to continue to provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence.

In addition to providing safe locations for people to go, SafeSpace also provides counseling and risk management training to victims. They have four support groups that meet weekly to help victims and their loved ones. SafeSpace runs the Suited for Success shop uptown, which provides clothing for victims who need nicer clothes for job interviews and to get back into the work force. The sister program to Suited for Success, Suited for School provides school-appropriate clothing for child victims or children of victims to help them feel better about attending school.

The SafeSpace Resource Center at 201 W. Granite is open to the public to learn more about the services SafeSpace provides. People can also report abuse cases or people they believe may be in need through the Resource Center and SafeSpace staff can help them proceed appropriately.

In 2012, an average of 25 children were victims of abuse each week in Montana, and hundreds more witnessed abuse. In 2014, SafeSpace provided services for 87 child victims - 36% of victims of domestic abuse are kids. In 2012 SafeSpace provided services for 117 people, and provided 870 shelter-nights of protection. In 2014 that number has increased to 216 victims receiving services including 1,201 shelter-nights. Sabrina believes that this increase is not indicative of an increase in domestic violence, but rather an increase in both awareness in the community about SafeSpace and the services they provide and more victims being willing to call for help.

On April 2, 2011, the Kiwanis organizations of Butte - including the Butte Central Middle School Builder's Club, the Butte East Middle School Builder's Club, The Butte High Key Club, The Butte Central High Key Club, Butte Aktion Club, the Montana Tech Circle K, Anaconda Kiwanis, Butte Kiwanis, Sunrise Kiwanis, and Silver Bow Kiwanis teamed up to provide more than 120 backpacks to SafeSpace to provide something for people coming into the shelter - at least some soap and shampoo, a change of clothes, and a blanket - and a stuffed toy for a child. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to these supplies, SafeSpace has been working to replicate those packs once the originals ran out last April.

Today, Silver Bow Kiwanis provided books, coloring books, crayons, bags, activity books, some stuffed animals, and some toys to help child victims and children of victims to adjust to the changes when they go into the shelter or when they need assistance from SafeSpace.

Sabrina, Safe Space
Event Updated
9:25 Tuesday, February 3, 2015