Thanks to many

To the Editor:

Dear Sheboygan County;

In 2010, Safe Harbor worked with more than 400 households; a record number in our 20 years of providing services in our county.

While it was a challenging year in many ways, our agency is proud to have been able to serve so many who needed our help. Safe Harbor has provided a wide variety of services for individuals – men, women and children – as well as families who have been affected by inter-personal violence, such as domestic abuse, dating violence, sexual assault/ abuse, stalking and even bullying.

Unfortunately, services like ours are vital to any community. Issues of interpersonal violence touch most of our lives in some way or another. We know or love someone, or certainly know of someone, whose life and loved ones’ lives have been influenced by these issues.

As the only agency in our county providing the unique services for these concerns, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to those with whom we have partnered this year. Without you, we would not be able to do what we do.

To our donors and those who held events on our behalf, we know it has been a hard year and while donations have been down, we have been truly grateful for all the support we have received. Please know that your contribution, whether monetary or other, was used wisely. Your support has changed lives. The work we do at Safe Harbor saves lives. We could not do it without you.

To our community service partners, it has been an honor to serve our county beside you as we all work hard to support and educate in the most efficient and effective ways possible. We all have seen many in need this year and as we all struggle to do what we can, we continue to strengthen our relationships and come together in new ways.

For example, in this year, not only have we served individuals and families in need in a wide variety of ways, but we have supported our community by providing many, many hours of training and support for law enforcement, social services, educators, college students, clergy, medical and other professionals. Together we have addressed issues of homelessness and hunger. We have helped people become prepared for employment and to find safe housing. County schools have opened their doors, allowing Safe Harbor to reach out to more than 800 county middle and high school students in the 09/10 school year. Many children were able to have a magical Christmas this year, despite family financial hardships.

As we look to 2011, we are saddened that Safe Harbor services seem to be needed more than ever before, especially for children. Our goal is to create more awareness and support through outreach and prevention services. Please contact us if you would like to partner with us in any way, helping us to support nonviolent homes and relationships, which in turn will strengthen a more peaceful Sheboygan County community.

We look forward to working with you!

Katy Pruitt, director of services

Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County

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