Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column

Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column

Submitted by the SAFE San Juans Team.

SAFE San Juans is pleased to recognize those standing with us to turn the tide of domestic violence – a violence rooted in the dynamics of power and control one person wields over another. Changing the attitudes and beliefs influencing how people see and relate to each other is the key to ending the violence. This change needs to start early; therefore, SAFE is committed to teaching healthy-relationship skills to the children and youth in our county, grades K-12.

The generosity of Orcas Islanders in supporting SAFE through the Orcas Island Community Foundation made it possible for SAFE to commit to doing this prevention-related educational work in the Orcas Island School District this year. Then, in April 2019, the Stand Up Men embarked on a mission to raise $45,000 to help fund SAFE’s prevention-education work in the rest of the county; so far over $20,000 has been given. SAFE recognizes the following for their generous donations and partnership in the Stand Up Men’s fundraising campaign:

Christian and Leah Andrade; Court Bell; Blossom Market, Lopez Island; Chris Carlie; Brian Clark and Rachel Merz; Crystal Seas Kayaking; Richard and Sheri Daly; Rebecca Day; Teddy and Alice Deane; Dental Arts; Mirabella Skin Care; Megan Dethier and David Duggins; Linda and Dave Dunaway; Louise Dustrude; Roger Ellison; Wayne Eschelman; Frank Fagan; Friday Harbor Dentistry; David Garcia; John Geyman; Larry Greene; Guard Electric; Will and Jackie Hamilton; Ron and Francie Hanson; Grieg Hellet; Marilyn Heron; Island Hearing Healthcare; Islanders Insurance; Carol Jackson; Cheryl Jackson; Paul Richards; Island Hearing Healthcare; Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor; Islanders Bank; Kerwin and Margaret Johnson; Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor; Jim Lawrence; Ron Lehman; John and Lorraine Littlewood; Juan and Heidi Lopez; Richard Low; Katie Maxwell; Meats to Please; Medtronic Foundation; Mike’s Café and Wine Bar; Mirabella Skin Care; John and Allison Moalli; Monday Duplicate Bridge Club; Arthur ONeal; Louise Perlman; Claudia Piff; Rebecca Pohlad; Drew Popovich; Paul Richards; Jerry Riley and Janice Stichbury-Riley; Howard Ryan; Safe Harbor Insurance; San Juan County Fair; San Juan Excursions Whale Watch Tours; San Juan Property Management; San Juan Septic; San Juan Suites; Scott and Susan Schwinge; Serendipity Books; Ken Snyder; Mary-Alice Ranta; Sharon Spangler; John Stamey and Lenore Bayuk; Jamie Stephens; Loretta Stokes; Lee Sturdivant; Sunny Knoll Guest Suite; Allen Swanson; The Toy Box; Valmark Inc. (King’s Market); Steven Vertner; Anthony Vivenzio; David Waldron and Lee Ann Walsh.

We are also grateful for the generosity of other community members who have donated money, resources and time to help SAFE carry out its free services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Though your names are not specifically mentioned in this letter, your invaluable partnership is greatly appreciated. As a community-focused agency working to keep our islands SAFE, it is wonderful to know we can count on our fellow community members.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact us at 378-378-8680 or visit our website at http://www.safesj.org/.