Co-founders Ali and Joe Torre were on Good Morning Cincinnati today after celebrating the end of our first year of Margaret’s Place services in Ohio at Riverview East Academy. Check out the clip to hear our story, and to hear more about our first year in Cincinnati.
The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation celebrated its first year of providing trauma support and awareness to children in Cincinnati, Ohio today. Safe At Home was founded in 2002 by Ali and Joe Torre in response to the impact that domestic violence had on Joe and his family. We reach children who are victims or witnesses to violence in their homes, schools and communities. Our signature educational program is Margaret’s Place – named after Joe’s mother, the program is a safe room in schools staffed with a master’s-level counselor.
The dedication ceremony held today commemorated our first Margaret’s Place program site in Cincinnati, based within Riverview East Academy, after completing its first full year of services. The location was supported as a partnership between Safe At Home, Cincinnati Public Schools, and YWCA Greater Cincinnati.
At the event, student participants shared their own testimonials about their experience with Safe At Home: “Students know they can come to Margaret’s Place and have someone they can talk to,” said eighth grader Morgan. “It’s nice having that, because a lot of schools don’t have a dedicated space where kids can go. Those kids may not know where to go.”
“Too many children are exposed to violence and abuse. The impact on children, families and communities can be devastating,” said Joe Torre, our co-founder and Chairman. “We are thrilled to bring our resources and services to the more than 600 young people here at Riverview East Academy, and look forward to another year of partnership ahead.”
“Margaret’s Place has been a blessing in helping our students deal with challenges they face by simply just being there for the students and listening,” said Riverview East Academy’s Principal Charlene Myers. “ The invaluable assistance they get by our full-time Therapist Cameron Gardner has helped an amazing amount of students who might have slipped through the cracks if she were not there to help.”
“We’re grateful for our partnership with Safe At Home to establish Margaret’s Place as a supportive place within the Riverview East school community,” said Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell. “This program is changing the lives of the students and their families and is a shining example of the benefit of strong community partnerships throughout CPS.”
Joe Torre, Safe At Home Foundation Executive Director Yolanda Jimenez, and staff joined New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo as he signed legislation that prevents domestic violence perpetrators from purchasing and owning guns, and requires that perpetrators surrender all firearms.
The ceremony also included elected officials across all levels of government, including Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and countless city, state and national legislators. Numerous domestic violence advocate and survivor organizations were also present.
In a press release issued by Governor Cuomo’s office, our Chairman Joe Torre stated: “Domestic violence victims are five times more likely to be killed if their significant other owns a gun. Today, New York State is taking a strong stance by keeping guns away from abusers – thereby saving countless lives.”