What we do

Our Program

Safe Places is a 24-month transitional housing program serving families throughout Fairfax County, Virginia who are homeless as a result of domestic violence. Program participants are involved in weekly or biweekly case management sessions, or home visits. These meetings focus on budgeting, permanent housing searches, and the overall goal of obtaining self-sufficiency. Under the direction of our  Executive Director, our passionate bilingual Case Managers drive the program with their advocacy. We are pleased to be able to offer counseling to our clients with the recent addition of a full-time bilingual therapist. Our Volunteer Coordinator identifies opportunities for volunteers to support our program in meeting our goals and those of our clients.

Our Mission

The mission of  Safe Places is to provide families who are homeless as a result of domestic violence with safety and shelter while empowering them to break the cycle and live free of abuse.

Our History

 

Safe Places began in 1996, when Christian Relief Services saw the dire need to provide safe housing for domestic violence victims and their children. As a result, CRS was awarded a Transitional Housing grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, allowing us to buy our first properties and provide direct services. What began with 8 properties has now grown to 24 scattered sites, providing culturally competent, trauma-informed, evidence-based, voluntary services to adults and children fleeing domestic violence.

Our Vision

 

To become the leading domestic violence transitional housing provider in Fairfax County, VA.

Our Philosophy

 

Empowering survivors of domestic violence through :
Strength-based case management
Individual financial counseling
The goal of self-sufficiency
Affordable housing search assistance
Referrals for services such as abuse counseling, legal aid, and immigration

Individuals Served

Households Served

bed nights totaled

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