Greetings from Safe Alliance!
We're grateful to all of our wonderful friends and community partners who work side by side with us every day to end sexual and domestic violence. Together, we were able to provide life changing services to thousands of survivors of domestic and sexual violence last year. Here's a short recap: At our Domestic Violence Shelter, we provided safe housing for 895 survivors. We provided free legal services for 433 survivors through our Legal Representation Program. Our Victim Assistance office provided 4,695 court accompaniments. Through our Domestic Violence and Sexual Trauma Resource Center programs, we developed 5,502 safety plans and answered 10,533 hotline calls. Because of these efforts, clients demonstrated increased safety, a decrease in mental health symptoms, and improved pro-social interaction. This year also saw an increase in activity at our Shelter's medical clinic, and expanded outreach in the Lake Norman area. We're so proud of these accomplishments and grateful for your help in making them a reality.
At the beginning of this year, the Safe Alliance team worked together to create a new strategic plan. Approved by our Board of Directors in March, the plan will be implemented over the next three years. The four priorities are to: solidify and invest in existing programs and geographic focus; implement a sustainable financial model; stabilize and invest in our staff, and position Safe Alliance to be a national leader in client-focused, trauma-informed programming. This year, we've made significant financial improvements as a result of our sharpened focus and are anticipating very positive results for our upcoming fiscal year. We've also created a capital expenditure plan for our Shelter, helping us to ensure future sustainability.
We have a lot of exciting events coming up to keep our supporters engaged. In August, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will happen at NoDa Brewing Company, where men and women will walk in high heels to raise awareness about gender violence. In October, our Fighting for Women with Fashion event takes place, which is organized by a unique partnership of female physicians and attorneys working to support our Domestic Violence Shelter. Our Holiday Store, focused on providing winter holiday gifts for our adult and child clients, will occur in December. Art with Heart, a live and silent art auction presented by Bank of America, will take place at Founder's Hall in early 2017. Though it may seem far way now, plans are already underway for our 20th Anniversary Men for Change event next April. In addition to these, we have many other third party events through the year, such as the Jennifer Roberts Volleyball Tournament and Beards BeCAUSE.
In addition to these great events, we are also preparing for our signature Annual Partners Luncheon. This year's celebration will be held on October 18th at the Charlotte Convention Center, and will feature WBTV's Maureen O'Boyle as our keynote speaker. Maureen's story of surviving sexual assault went viral on the internet earlier this year when she learned that her rapist was being considered for early release from prison. After a hugely successful grassroots petition campaign, which received over 50,000 signatures, the perpetrator will remain in prison. We commend Maureen for her bravery in speaking out to raise awareness about sexual assault, and hope you will join us to hear her inspiring story!
Check out our newly revamped website as well as face book and twitter to learn more about ways you can become involved in Safe Alliance's work. Together we will end domestic and sexual violence!