Anti-abuse organization S.A.F.E. holds meeting to discuss fundraising shop

Anti-domestic violence organization Safe Alternatives for Everyone held a meeting on July 29 to discuss the creation and challenges of funding a shop to raise money for itself. The meeting took place at 27470 Jefferson Ave. from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Development Coordinator Patti Drew stood in front of the podium and introduced President Rhonda Reinke who thanked the Board of Directors and staff responsible for working with S.A.F.E. and attending the meeting.

Along with Drew and Reinke, S.A.F.E. Vice President Jim Domeneo, Family Care Coordinator Jessica Purvi and Client Services Director June Earley, and as well Temecula Police Lieutenant Greg Negron were in attendance.

S.A.F.E. member and victim Diane Bainbridge stood in front of the podium after Reinke spoke. She explained about the origins behind her idea for Alli’s Resale Shop, which would raise money for S.A.F.E.’s operations and end domestic violence. She explained the reasons for her idea.

“I had my daughter Alli passed away from a domestic violence situation 22 years ago,” she said. “My life exploded and changed forever. My husband killed my daughter on Mother’s Day in 2003. A young police officer was also killed as he tried to answer for help.”

The unfortunate circumstances did not stop her as she wanted to create the shop in her daughter’s memory.

“I wanted to help others as I helped myself,” she said. “Working with S.A.F.E., I did some seminars on bereavement and have been on the Board of Directors since 2009. I want to help other parents who have been going through the hell. I cannot put adequately into words. I hope her story and this resale shop, Alli’s, will help make S.A.F.E. successful in this venture to continuously have funds for the women and children who are at risk in a domestic violence situation.”

After Bainbridge spoke, Executive Director Melissa Donaldson went in front to speak about the challenges of raising money for S.A.F.E.

“When the recession broke out, domestic violence was earmarked. [Funding against domestic violence] has been severely affected. Seventy-five percent of nonprofits get most of the funding through private clients. Nonprofits that rely on [government] grants like us [at about 13 percent] are very unstable. Free is what we like but it is not always good because of non-investment. People give us money to provide services for our organization and because they’re interested. Because we will never make money off a client alone, we need everyone’s help.”

Donaldson built a case for the creation of the shop and stated the goals for it.

“Number one, we’re planning to raise funds,” she said. “Number two, provide jobs for young people and do community service working with S.A.F.E. When you raise your standards, they meet up there too. Number three, be able for women to gain job skills too. With this shop, we will help them to get them to live and go independently.”

In regards to the kind of items that will be offered, she stated, “We are primarily focusing on homeware, clothes, and some furniture. No bedding but we will take comforters. Our plan is to have washers and dryers in the back for those who need it. We will provide toys and books for kids too.”

She also stated that there will be a grand opening sometime in September and an unofficial soft opening on Aug. 4.

S.A.F.E. will be hosting fundraisers in the future such as Celebrity Bartender Night at Tesoro Italian Cuisine with Holly Humphrey Reyes and SWING for S.A.F.E. on Friday, Nov. 6.

At the meeting there were sign-up volunteer sheets for enlisting as a member of their Advisory Board, for sponsorship and to help with the shop.

If one is at risk or in an abusive environment, they can call (951) 587-3900 or e-mail [email protected] for help.

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