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Stalking Training | 3/20/19

Stalking and Domestic Violence: Making the Connection  March 20th, 2019,  9:00a to 5:00p

Host:  Western District Domestic Violence Task ForcePlease join us for this multidisciplinary training on stalking. Attendees will gain increased knowledge on how to recognize and effectively respond to stalking. 
Geared towards, law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, and other professionals

Presenters: Sgt Jessie Hambrick, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Expert on Stalking and Social Media and Niki Lemeshka, GA Commission of Family Violence, Fatality Review CoordinatorTraining Location: UGA Police Department and Office of
Preparedness Training Facility, 345 Will Hunter Rd. Athens, GA 30609

Register here

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Congratulations to the 2018 Stomp Winners!

Thank you to all participants, schools, parents, and community members who supported and attended Project Safe’s 8th Annual Stomp Out Domestic Violence Step Show in memory of Jessica Nowell, an Athens native who died at the hands of her abuser in 2013. This year’s Judge’s Favorite team was Barnett Shoals Elementary School, and Audience Favorite went to Clarke Middle School👣 Congratulations to these amazing young people. Until next year! 

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Project Safe is hiring a Thrift Store Sales Associate

Posted on 01/03/19

Organization: Project Safe Inc.

Position: Thrift Store Associate

Project Safe, a progressive non-profit organization, is seeking a part time (up to 25 hrs/wk) Thrift Store Associate, at the Project Safe Thrift Store. Applicants should have reliable transportation, flexibility in scheduling, and some weekend availability. Previous retail experience is required. To apply send cover letter and resume to: Associate Director, Tangela Ferguson at No phone calls please. EOE


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Project Safe Named Top-Rated Nonprofit for 2018!

Project Safe Named Top-Rated Nonprofit for 2018!

Project Safe has been named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit by, a leading source in community feedback on not-for-profit businesses. Thanks to a tremendous amount of community feedback we have continually ranked among this list for the past few years.

Thank you to everyone in the community who continually support our efforts to stop the cycle of domestic violence. For more information and to write your own review visit

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Project Safe’s Annual Report is Now Available

Each year, we release an annual report that details some of the projects we were able to complete due to the generosity of the Athens-Clarke community. We release these reports to show our deep gratitude and appreciation for the donors and volunteers who made these projects possible. Thank you for everything you do for our organization and our clients. We hope you enjoy reading!

You can access the 2017 Annual Report by going to our Annual Report Page.

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Project Safe voted ‘Favorite Nonprofit’ in 2018 Flagpole Favorites

Project Safe wants to extend a HUGE thank you to the Athens community for voting our organization your ‘Favorite Nonprofit’ for 2018. We could not adequately serve survivors of domestic violence without the support and kindness of all community members,donors, and volunteers; and we can’t believe how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many amazing people.

Thank YOU for supporting survivors of domestic violence and Project Safe. We can’t wait to see what the next year holds.

Read the Flagpole article HERE


Interested in volunteering?  Check out our volunteer page and contact Kendall Worman at!





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Juliet’s Charity Jar Donates to PSI

Juliet Ellis, who may be Project Safe’s youngest donor ever, made a surprise visit to Project Safe Thrift yesterday to drop off the proceeds from her private fund-raising campaign, called Juliet’s Charity Jar!

Juliet EllisThe drawings she made for her collection jar are captioned “house, roof, bed and water,” which she believes everyone should have.



When asked why she started her campaign and chose Project Safe as the recipient, she replied, “I just wanted to do it.” Her mother explained she’d taught Juliet that everyone can contribute in some way, no matter their age or their means.

Juliet warmed the hearts of everyone who was in the store! Thank you, Miss Juliet! You are an inspiration to us all! Your hard work goes to a great cause!

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Constant Shelter Supply Needs

Our updated Constant Shelter Supply List is available here: Project Safe Shelter Supply Needs

Donations of any of the items on the list are greatly appreciated as they are directly distributed among shelter residents. Items in bold are those that we are in low supply of, which include: diapers and pull-ups of various sizes, Naproxen, trash bags, umbrellas, adult socks, children’s art supplies, and women’s comfort clothes like sweatpants, yoga clothes, t-shirts and shorts in all sizes.

No gift is too small and Project Safe is always grateful to receive donations from members of the community. All donations can be dropped off at our Thrift Store at 995 Hawthorne Avenue, Athens, GA 30606 during the hours of 10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday.

Adopt A Room At Project Safe
With support of members of the Athens Area Home Builders Association, Project Safe is increasing our emergency shelter capacity from 16 beds to 21 beds. You can help make our shelter more like home for people who have had to flee their own homes to escape domestic violence.

If you are interested in adopting a family bedroom & bathroom, single bedroom & bathroom or adopting a kitchen or living room, please email Items needed for donation can be viewed below or at this link!

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Project Safe named Best Non-Profit for 2016

Project Safe is honored to have again been chosen as favorite Non-Profit Organization by the readers of both Flagpole Magazine and the Athens Banner-Herald.

We genuinely appreciate the support we have continually received from the Athens community through awards like these. Thank you for continuing to join us in the fight to end domestic violence.

Athens Banner-Herald

Flagpole Magazine

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Through an Open Window coming soon

Project Safe and the Domestic Violence Task Force of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties are teaming up for the annual Through an Open Window event on Friday, October 7 at 5:30 pm at ARTIini’s in downtown Athens.

Our annual event features the products of a domestic violence awareness project in which survivors or those honoring survivors showcase their paintings and artwork. A reception with snacks and light refreshments will follow the showing.

Through an Open Window is free and open to the public and is always an incredible opportunity to see local art and to honor survivors of domestic violence. We invite all members of the community to show your support and to raise awareness while celebrating those who have broken free of the cycle of domestic violence.

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Project Safe is Hiring a Youth Educator & Advocate

Project Safe, Inc.

Position:    Youth Educator and Advocate

Responsible To:   Executive Director

Hours:   Full Time Monday-Friday, Some evenings/weekends required, on-call rotation


  • Assure that Project Safe’s youth-focused programming and educational materials (currently Breaking Silence for teens, CrossRoads for elementary age children, and Ambassadors for middle school) are consistently presented in strong, positive manner to relevant stakeholders including schools, churches, camps, and in social media.
  • Expand the Breaking Silence program by increasing the audience for youth presentations, marketing the teen text line, encouraging the participation of youth as Breaking Silence ambassadors.
  • Track presentations and post-presentation surveys in PSI database.
  • Collaborate with partner organizations in the text line’s expanded service area, providing technical assistance and classroom material as needed/requested, and ensuring that Breaking Silence contact information is distributed widely.
  • Cultivate relationships with organizations serving children and youth as possible outlets for enhancing and expanding PSI services to this population.
  • Work with Teen Text Line Manager to ensure consistent, quality services and program growth.
  • Provide support, feedback, guidance and direction to interns assisting with related programming, always representing Project Safe in a professional manner consistent with organizational values.
  • Assist with intern, volunteer and/or staff training on dating violence and IPV prevention related issues.
  • Submit program reports as required by funders and/or Executive Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge and experience working with a variety of community and governmental organizations
  • Knowledge and experience with intimate partner violence, dating violence, and/or prevention
  • Familiarity with law enforcement and criminal justice procedures
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (including effective public speaking)

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to Joan Prittie, Executive Director at by April 29th.

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Project Safe is hiring for the part-time position of Night and Weekend Women’s Advocate.  Responsibilities include evening and weekend hotline and shelter coverage. Please see job description below. Send cover letter and resume to the Associate Director, Tangela Ferguson at P.O. Box 7532, Athens GA 30604, or

Position: Women’s Advocate—Weekends & Overnights

Hours: 9:00 pm to 8:00 am or daytime weekend hours as scheduled

Responsible to: Associate Director


  • Be on time for scheduled shift and complete entire shift without leaving premises
  • Greet residents individually and offer encouragement, ensure resident needs are being met and provide any emotional support
  • Respond to resident request(s) for assistance or supplies needed from the office/storage areas
  • Ensure cleanliness and order of the shelter by restocking interior storage as needed, doing laundry to maintain linen supply, sweep main stairwell and programming unit, maintain entryway free of any clutter, and any other task to maintain order
  • Complete a walk through of all units ensuring residents properly complete their assigned chores and signing off resident chore sheet
  • Maintain overnight shelter security by closing down kitchens, setting all alarms, and enforcing quiet hours
  • Answer business line and record messages, make referrals, and arrange weekday in-kind donation pick ups
  • Answer hotline and document all calls to provide individuals with support, referrals, relocation, transportation, and any other assistance needed to provide safety
  • Provides crisis intervention and peer support to all shelter residents when needed
  • Complete intake and orientate individuals and children into the shelter as needed
  • Consult on-call staff in case of emergencies
  • Inform staff about night shift activity during the monthly staff meeting
  • Assists with special projects and tasks as assigned by Associate Director or Executive Director

Necessary Skills:

  • Knowledge and experience working with victims of domestic violence
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to climb steps
  • Ability to lift occasional bulky items such as donations, large containers, household goods and laundry
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Tickets Now on Sale for Dancing with the Athens Stars!

Tickets can now be purchased for the 2016 Dancing with the Athens Star performance at the Classic Center box office or on their website here! Tickets are $21 in advance or $26 at the door.

Come see what happens when standouts from our community are paired with expert dancers for five months of private lessons! Our ten couples are competing for both Judges’ Favorite and Audience Favorite honors. You can help determine the winners, and support Project Safe’s mission to end domestic violence, by voting for your favorite team here. And don’t miss the show April 16th 7:00 PM at the Classic Center!

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Tickets Now on Sale for the Vagina Monologues!

It’s that time of the year again to come see Eve Ensler’s award winning play, The Vagina Monologues! This year’s co-director’s,  Audey Lee and Mary Catherine Hawks, have been working hard to prepare a show that will leave the audience on the edge of their seat. With a cast of twenty amazing women, this will be a show to remember, full of laughs and surprises. Show starts at 8 pm Thursday (2/04), Friday (2/05), and Saturday (2/06) nights, and 3:00 pm Sunday (2/07) at the UGA Chapel. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now on our website and will be available at the door. For any questions, please call (706) 549-0922.

Feel free to also check out our Facebook event page and share it with your friends and family:

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Jessica Nowell Memorial Stomp Out Domestic Violence a great success!

The auditorium was packed on Sunday December 6th for the Jessica Nowell Memorial Stomp Out Domestic Violence Step Show. Seven teams from the Clarke County School District performed routines that combined precision stepping with a message about intimate partner violence, and all of them showed creativity, style and skill! Barnett Shoals Elementary took home the Judges’ Favorite honors, while Hilsman Middle was named runner up. Clarke Middle School won the Audience Favorite Prize, with Burney Harris Lyons placing second. Thanks to everyone involved for an inspiring, exciting, fundraising event for Project Safe.

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Project Safe receives “Moving the Work Forward” Award

Moving the Work Forward AwardAt the 21st annual family violence conference, The Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) presented its “Moving the Work Forward” award to Project Safe. Project Safe was one of two domestic/family violence prevention partners honored with this award.

“Being recognized by The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is a great honor for Project Safe. It’s a tribute to our visionary board and staff who saw the need for the program years ago. Thanks to all of our staff members, interns, and volunteers who do the work of breaking silence every day” said Project Safe Executive Director Joan Prittie.


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Ice Dawgs vs Clemson – Project Safe Night

Ice Dawgs PosterCome out to Akins Arena, at the Classic Center on November 12th, to watch the Ice Dawgs take on the Clemson tigers at 7:00pm and to support Project Safe! Use promo code “SAFE” and $5 will be donated to Project Safe.

Tickets can be purchased at, and be sure to use the promo code “SAFE” when you purchase your tickets! You can also relay the promo code when you purchase your tickets at the box office or over the phone!

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Leadership Training on Domestic Violence, June 27th

Join other spiritual leaders within the Athens area for a free training about the dynamics of domestic violence, barriers to those in need, and victim services and community resources. Learn how service providers increase the safety of victims of domestic violence and develop techniques on responding to both parties involved. Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, please contact April Byrne, by June 20th at (706)-549-0922 or You will receive a confirmation email with the location of the event.

When: Saturday, June 27th 2015

Time: 10AM to 12PM