Jackie List, Executive Director, provided a history and complete update on services provided by Safe Shelter of the St. Vrain Valley.  For 43 years, they have been helping victims of domestic violence, including verbal, psychological, and physical attacks.  Started as a crisis hotline, it soon became apparent that this organization needed space, both for face-to-face interaction and for protection of victims. They have outgrown several facilities over the years, and have been in their present shelter facility since 2004.

    Safe Shelter services are free, confidential, available in Spanish and English, and accessible 24/7.  They serve all who are facing a pattern of intentional abuse in their relationships.  Their programs include:  Outreach (safety planning & counseling), Children and Youth (in conjunction with St. Vrain Valley Schools), Legal Services and representation, and Collaborative and Transitional Housing, in cooperation with The Inn Between and Boulder County Housing Solutions. They now have a grant for Emergency Housing solutions.‚Äč

Some of the proactive efforts to prevent abuse include presentations and workshops for teens, such as:

*Teens Ending Relationship Abuse (TERA), for high school students

* Coaching Boys Into Men, for male athletes, which promotes healthy relationships, respect, and  establishing boundaries

* Athletes as Leaders, empowering female athletes to promote healthy interactions

These programs have proven to be successful in changing negative culture in high schools.