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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.

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