Thrift Store

Project Safe Thrift Store

thrift-store-newWe accept clothing, household goods, sheets, towels, furniture, and small appliances at our thrift store. Project Safe clients can shop at the store for free, while the public may purchase items at very low cost. All proceeds support Project Safe services. Donations are accepted during store hours only, Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 1pm-6pm.  Please do not leave donations when the store is closed. We cannot guarantee that your donation would be used as it was intended if you leave donations after hours. Donations are more likely to be soiled or taken if left after hours. Call 706-425-8863 for more information. 995 Hawthorne Ave. (Bell’s Shopping Center)

CLICK HERE for Directions.

Project Safe is hiring a Mobile, Bilingual Advocate!

Project Safe is hiring a Mobile, Bilingual Advocate (Spanish/English)! This full time position is funded through a VOCA grant, and exists to make our organization and its services more accessible and effective for Spanish speaking victims and survivors of intimate partner violence.


Position:                      Mobile Bilingual Advocate (Spanish/English)

Responsible To:          Executive Director

Hours:                         Full Time Monday- Friday days evenings or weekends as scheduled

On Call Rotation


  • Provide a variety of crisis intervention and supportive services to Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence including individual support, emergency financial assistance, legal and social services advocacy etc. to clients referred by the Family Protection Center user group and Project Safe hotline workers. Link clients to other services or related PSI services as appropriate.
  • Develop and facilitate support group for Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence.
  • Maintain scheduled office hours at the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse, Family Protection Center and other sites to be determined to increase client access to services
  • Represent Project Safe on collaborative projects and presentations in the community as assigned.
  • Meet clients for intake or advocacy at safe, convenient locations in majority Latinx neighborhoods, and provide transportation as needed to group, court, other appointments.
  • Submit monthly program reports to the Executive Director, other reports as requested.
  • At times when available at the emergency shelter, answer hotline calls from Spanish speakers.
  • Other Duties: Supervise interns and volunteers as needed. Participate in volunteer trainings and attend staff development training as requested. Participate in on-call rotation; document all activities; other duties as assigned by leadership staff.


Highly connected to Latinx communities in Athens.

Fluent in Spanish. Knowledge of law enforcement, legal, domestic violence related vocabulary also required.

Bachelors Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge and experience working with victims/survivors of domestic violence and their children

Familiarity with law enforcement and criminal justice procedures

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Clean driving record

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Joan Prittie at

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.

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!





Free Webinar Training on Strangulation Assault

In conjunction with the Georgia Lionhearts, the Lion Heart Society and the Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County Domestic Violence Task Force, Project Safe invites you to participate in a free, online training on strangulation assault.

The webinar provides 2.5 hours of continued education credits and all participants are provided with a certificate of attendance. The training session helps professionals enhance their own knowledge and understanding of strangulation assaults along with education on how to improve responses to victims, improve policy and to increase community understanding and offender accountability.

The training will feature presentations from epidemiologist Dr. Joanne Cono and Deputy Chief District Attorney Mr. James Chaffin, Esq. Dr. Cono will offer a physiological medical assessment of strangulation and Mr. Chaffin will present on Georgia LKaw and its application in strangulation assault.

The training will take place on:

Jan. 10, 2017 at 7 a.m, 12 p.m, and 3 p.m

Jan 17, 2017 at 10 a.m, 2 p.m, and 5 p.m

Jan 24, 2017 at 7 a.m, 12 p.m, and 3 p.m and 

Jan. 31, 2017 at 10 a.m, 2 p.m, and 5 p.m

To register for the webinar follow this link and choose the date and time that best fits your schedule. Email for any addition information or questions about the training sessions.

We look forward to helping educate those in our community about the fatal effects of strangulation assault and how to prevent and care for victims of these attacks in the future.

Project Safe Named Top-Rated Nonprofit for 2016

Project Safe has been named a 2016 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

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!

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!

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

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.

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.


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

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!

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:

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.

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.


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!

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