Light the Way Breakfast fundraiser will support victims of domestic violence

June 04, 2021 – Start the day with an act of kindness and join Safe Futures for a virtual breakfast event held in support of domestic violence victims. The Light the Way Breakfast program begins at 8 a.m. June 24 and will be streamed live from the Garde Arts Center in downtown New London. Viewers will be asked to donate and can do so via text, through the group’s website, or by writing a check and sending it in the mail.

Read more on The Day.

Two locals chart similar paths in law enforcement and victim advocacy

May 29, 2021 – Lindsey Michaels, a new, 28-year-old police officer who has long wanted to work in law enforcement, and Kevin Barney, who, as a former cop of 37 years, has long worked in law enforcement, are working each other’s former jobs. Barney holds Michaels’ former job as a regional law enforcement advocate for Safe Futures, an agency devoted to assisting victims of domestic violence.

Read more on The Day.

Domestic violence victims advocates warn about decreased federal funding

April 18, 2021 – Safe Futures of New London Executive Director Katherine Verano has been one of many asking not only for Congress to pass the VOCA Fix Act, but to determine how organizations like hers will be funded years in advance. In some ways, the bill currently in the Senate is a stopgap measure, Verano said.

Read more in The Day.

Leadership 2022 Fundraising for Safe Futures Playground, Gardens

April 5, 2021 – The Leadership Eastern CT Class of 2022 is fundraising to complete its community service project for Safe Futures to construct an outdoor play area with playscape for the children at the Flora O’Neil Apartments and refurbishing the gardens at the Katie Blair House.

Read more on The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

Safe Futures makes this a safer place

March 26, 2021 – Southeastern Connecticut is truly fortunate to have this forward-thinking, action-oriented agency serving the residents of 21 towns in the region. We congratulate Safe Futures on its longevity and urge continued community support for the vital services the agency provides.

Read more on The Day.

A ‘softer landing’ for victims of domestic violence in Eastern Connecticut

March 16, 2021 – Safe Futures Executive Director Katherine Verano reveals the site of the agency’s future Family Justice Center and fills us in on the progress of her dream to provide a place where victims will receive wraparound services.

Listen to this podcast interview on The Day.

CT domestic violence shelters struggling, some seeing ‘more severe abuse’

Oct. 13, 2020 – Katherine Verano is wrestling with an 830 percent increase in costs compared with last year for hoteling victims of domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic.
Read more on The New Haven Register.

As pandemic grinds on, domestic violence shelters grapple with budget gaps and growing needs

October 08, 2020 – Throughout the state, the 18 nonprofits that make up a network of service providers for domestic violence victims are seeing a combined $350,000 gap in their budgets as of Sept. 1, primarily due to increased hotel costs.

Read more on WNPR.

Safe Futures assembles team, seeks New London location for family justice center Local News

October 08, 2020 – During phone interviews Thursday, each member of the newly assembled family justice center team seemed more excited than the last about being part of Safe Futures’ ambitious project.

Read more on The Day.

Safe Futures annual Safe Walk fundraiser goes virtual

September 06, 2020 – Safe Futures, the agency that supports victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in southeastern Connecticut, has moved this year’s Safe Walk fundraiser online due to the coronavirus pandemic and is inviting participants to “run, walk, bike, hop, dance or cartwheel” through their own 4K between Oct. 1 and 4.

Read more on The Day.

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