One of my favorite updates every year… The update where I get to show you the amazing turnout and impact that Give Redding had. The easiest and possibly most fun blog to write.
For those of you who don’t know, Give Redding is an annual event hosted by O2 Employment Services but fully supported and successful because of the incredible support of local businesses and our community. In the span of a few short hours we were able to collect enough toys, pantry items, turkeys, hams and non-perishables to take care of the needs of One Safe Place through the holidays and beyond.
This couldn’t have happened with the support of the over 50 businesses that held Give Redding drives for the month leading up to finale and the hundreds of community members who brought by donations.
So, thank you. From O2, from One Safe Place, from the families and children who have been victims of domestic violence and will be able to enjoy a safe, happy, healthy holiday season. Thank you.
THIS is why this community is so special, so unique. This is Redding.
We can’t wait to partner with you again next year. Mark your calendars for November 15, 2018!
Why We Love Supporting One Safe Place
The majority of us are lucky enough to never have to use the services offered by One Safe Place. We are far removed from the trauma that victims of domestic violence go through. Without organizations like One Safe Place the landscape of our community would look very different. One Safe Place has managed to bring all the services needed by these victims under one roof. Their list of services is extensive:
Our residence is designed with an open-concept floor plan to promote community. The facility also includes 13 individual family rooms to accommodate approximately 50 people total. Along with beds and optional cribs, each room is outfitted with individually controlled HVAC, a private bathroom, and windows for natural light. An ADA-compliant room and bathroom for additional occupants with special needs or for larger families is also included. Residents of Shasta County who are victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse identified in imminent danger or who would be homeless without our services are eligible to stay in the residence. Clients stay FREE of charge and are tasked with assisting in daily “Life Skills” including chores to keep the house clean and cooking meals.
Whether by phone or in person, we are here 24-hour a day/7 days a week to provide help in dangerous situations, assisting with safety planning, transportation, and emergency housing.
Advocates are available by phone or in person to help victims and their loved ones understand their rights, options, and resources when in a domestic or sexual abuse situation. We work with each individual to assess needs and put together a plan for safety and stability.
The next next step after victim advocacy includes working with a Case Manager to identify each individual’s short, intermediate, and long term goals in order to accomplish self-sufficiency. Case Managers stay with the each client, working to address needs and provide follow-up care as needed.
FOOD & CLOTHING ASSISTANCE
Pantries and storage space allow us to provide non-perishable food items and clothing to clients and their children on an as needed basis, through donations from our generous community.
We assist in preparing and filing temporary restraining orders (TRO’s), as well as custody and visitation orders, but only when addressed in conjunction with a restraining order. Additional legal help with court orientation, accompaniment, and mediation may also be available.
Referrals to local resources for all those of Native American descent are available.
REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT & MEDICAL PROVIDERS
We are available to accompany victims through forensic examinations and investigative interviews, advocate for release of records and reports to victims as needed, and set up victim notifications of perpetrator release.
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Advocates can assist with addressing issues of housing, employment, and additional resources that would benefit individuals and families in obtaining financial independence.
PARENTING & RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION
On-site classes include themes of both individual and relationship health, following a monthly schedule with various times and days for clients as well as the general public to participate. Class offerings are interactive, with a combination of lecture and activities.
Support for victims and their families in a group setting allows for processing of trauma in a setting that promotes active listening and continued sustainable growth.
Our education programs are school-based and offered as either training opportunities for on-campus personnel on our evidence-based SafeNET curriculum or NO MORE clubs to promote student involvement in bystander engagement. In either setting, we work with schools to amend policies and raise awareness of domestic and sexual abuse with the goal of helping to create future generations of community members who reject violence. Additional programs, like Camp OSP, focus on reducing the effects of exposure to violence.
We provide vital information through interactive presentations to Shasta County schools, service partners, businesses, and any other interested parties. Our education mission is two-fold: to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence, sexual assault, and healthy relationships, and to inform members of the community about resources available. We also lead the charge in awareness of these issues through organized campaigns and events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
To learn more about One Safe Place visit https://ospshasta.org/
Give Redding will be held on November 15, 2018 so don’t forget to mark your calendars!
Have a safe and happy holiday season.
– The O2 Team