Seasons Greetings & Gratitude

Fall and winter are full of holidays across cultures and religions. This year, our counselors commemorated many of these holidays in unique ways.

At the end of October, one of our counselors in Washington Heights used an art activity where young people made their own papel picado to honor their family members who have passed. This was done in celebration of Dia De Los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday, and was used to help our participants process grief and loss through art.

In late November, another one of our counselors led a gratitude scavenger hunt in advance of Thanksgiving. Students were encouraged to find things in nature, in their relationships, and within themselves to be thankful for. They also wrote letters of gratitude to people in their lives who they were thankful for to encourage positive, healthy relationships.

As we get into December, one of our counselors is also promoting the spirit of the season by encouraging small words and acts of kindness among students and school staff. On the “take what you need” side of the board, peer leaders are leaving handwritten messages in envelopes that anyone in the school can pick up and keep if they need a boost of positivity to get through their day. On the “give what you can” side of the board, small tasks are being placed to create a kindness in someone else’s day – such as holding the door open for someone, complimenting a friend, and more – that anyone in the school can pick up and commit to doing.

We’re excited to share our gratitude scavenger hunt with you in case you’d like to make the activity your own at home this holiday season.

Want to learn more about our program? Visit our Margaret’s Place page to get a full look at what we do.

2019 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaigns

Every October, our peer leaders across the country commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month with an awareness campaign. This year’s theme centered on the concept of superheroes – how small actions, like speaking up about domestic violence or listening to a friend, makes you a hero in the fight to end violence. Students had the chance to participate in workshops and contribute to art pieces where they shared what action or power they will use to raise awareness.

Visit our Facebook page to check out a full gallery of the work our programs did!

We also are excited to share our campaign coloring pages with you so you can think of creative ways that you can use your power to end violence – in both English and Spanish.

Raising Awareness with MLB

In August and September, Safe At Home had the exciting opportunity to share our powerful message with a wider audience: the fans of the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, and Los Angeles Dodgers. At each ballpark, we hosted an awareness night, where fans viewed our new PSA on the jumbotron before the game. Guests at home got in on the action, too, when co-founder Joe Torre spoke with broadcasters about our mission.

Check out a few the press coverage from these four games:

We want to thank Ace Endico, who commemorated our awareness night with the New York Yankees by presenting a generous gift of $25,000 to support Safe At Home on the field before the game.

We would also like to thank each of the teams for their generosity and support of our mission.

Partnership with Minor League Baseball Reaches 100+ Teams

This summer, we expanded our partnership with Minor League Baseball to raise awareness about domestic violence. In a campaign called MiLB Ends DV, we partnered with more than 100 teams across the country. These teams included our educational messaging in their gameday programming to educate fans about the lifelong, traumatizing impact that domestic violence has on youth victims. Teams also used public address announcements and in-game videos, conducted a social media campaign, and provided information on resources available for those who may be victims of domestic violence.

Each guest attending one of the awareness nights received a set of Topps cards – including a special Safe At Home Joe Torre card. We also provided baseballs autographed by Joe for the participating teams to raffle.

“It is extremely important that we raise awareness about domestic violence and the impact that it has on millions of people, specifically children,” said Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball President & CEO. “Supporting this cause which is so close to Joe is significant for me and for Minor League Baseball. We take great pride in knowing our ballparks are safe, family-friendly environments for all, making them a comfortable setting to educate fans on this topic so that every child can live a healthy life free from violence.”

This year, we expanded the partnership to include Guardian Protection, a leading security solutions provider. The multi-year partnership with Guardian includes 13 of the participating teams, with Guardian committing to making a donation to Safe At Home and other domestic violence organizations when an opposing runner is thrown out stealing.

“It has never been more vital to educate people about domestic violence,” said Joe Torre, legendary Baseball Hall of Famer and chairman and founder of Safe At Home. “We are proud to partner with Guardian and Minor League Baseball to raise awareness about domestic violence, end its cycle and help more people feel safe at home.”

Thank you to all of our participating teams, and to Minor League Baseball and Topps for their partnership and commitment to ending violence.

If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, help is available. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or visit www.thehotline.org.

Safe At Home holds awareness night at Yankee Stadium

On August 13, 2019, Safe At Home was honored to host our Safe At Home Awareness Night at Yankee Stadium.

Guests had the opportunity to view our brand new PSA on the jumbotron, and Joe Torre later took a few minutes to join YES in the booth during the game to talk about Safe At Home – check out a clip and a full recap of his visit to the box now.

We also held a live check presentation prior to first pitch, where co-founders Ali and Joe Torre accepted a generous gift of $25,000 from our sponsor, Ace Endico. We’d like to thank the Yankees for hosting us, and the entire Ace Endico team for their support.

2019 Celebrity Golf & Tennis Classic – Press & Pics

Golfers in a groupOn July 25, Ali and Joe Torre hosted our Annual Celebrity Golf & Tennis Classic at the breathtaking Sleepy Hollow Country Club. This all-day affair included guests playing tennis and golf before joining us for a dinner reception. Our guests also heard first-hand from one of our alumni about her experience with Safe At Home – and how proud she is now to be working with the next generation of youth leaders in our program.

At this year’s event, we raised more than $400,000 to support Safe At Home’s crucial efforts providing prevention and intervention services for children exposed to violence and abuse across the country.

We’d like to extend our thanks to our Committee Chair Bob Murray and Co-Chair Leonard Korn, as well as to our Committee Members Jonathan Bock, Tom Fuerst, Maury Gostfrand, Tom Kushner, Herb Nass, Brian O’Connor, and Tim O’Neill. We’d also like to express our gratitude to our celebrity golfers and tennis players: Rick Cerone, Chris Chambliss, Ken Daneyko, Ken Dashow, Ryan Dempster, Ari Fleischer, Morris Hatalsky, Chris Jackson, Larry Johnson, Aaron Krickstein, Jim Leyland, Jim Leyritz, Len Mattiace, Lee Mazzilli, Colton Orr, Dan Plesac, Rudy Ruettiger, Harry Smith, and – of course – our very own Joe Torre.

To get a peek of the festivities, check out some snapshots on our Facebook page.

If you were unable to attend but want to support our work, please consider making a gift online today.

A special thanks to the individuals, foundations, and corporations who supported our event.

We also had some wonderful press coverage connected to the event:

2019 Spring Awareness Campaigns

Each spring, our peer leaders at all of our locations identify an issue that is negatively impacting their community and then take a stand by raising awareness and providing resources on that topic. This year, our peer leaders chose topics such as peace and kindness, suicide prevention and mental health promotion, ending sexual assault, community violence and youth activism, colorism, and more. Through their hard work and their passion to educate others, we reached more than 12,000 young people nationwide.

Learn more about our Margaret’s Place model and how our campaigns integrate into our work.

Did you know that a gift of $250 can provide the supplies needed to support awareness campaigns just like these at one of our schools? Visit joetorre.org/donate today to make a gift and help end the cycle of violence.

Co-Founders Share Safe At Home with New Audiences

This spring has been a busy season for our co-founders Ali and Joe Torre. We are so grateful for the many partnership opportunities they’ve had to spread the news about Safe At Home.

On April 11, Ali and Joe were honored as the 2019 Service Award Recipients by the Yogi Berra Museum for their work with Safe At Home. This beautiful, annual event celebrates the legacy of MLB legend Yogi Berra, including his dedication to promoting respect, perseverance, sportsmanship, and excellence through inclusive, culturally-diverse programs. Check out photos from their event now!

On May 2, Joe was honored by St. John’s Bread & Life – along with music legend Yoko Ono – at their annual Johnny’s Angel Awards. The awards ceremony helped raise funds for vulnerable families in Brooklyn and Queens. Just after that, he spoke at the 96th Atlantic Dermatological Conference.

Ali and Joe then joined our corporate sponsor, Barings, on May 13 for their annual gala. That evening, they shared stories about Safe At Home’s founding, as well as personal stories and anecdotes about Joe’s time with the Yankees with the excited crowd of supporters.

Joe made a final pit stop at Skidmore College, where he was their commencement speaker. Torre shared that, “One thing I learned over the years, to be a leader, you have to listen a lot… You can’t treat people all the same because they’re all different. You’ve got to put in the time. We wanted to get someplace, the postseason and World Series. Pretty much everybody committed to that. I just kept reminding them, ‘We all have to pull in the same direction.’” Check out an article in a local news outlet about his speech.

Denim Day 2019

Denim Day grew out of a case in which a rape conviction was overturned in Italy because the judge reasoned the victim’s tight jeans meant that she had to have helped her assailant remove them, implying consent. People were outraged all over the world, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual assault.

This year, Safe At Home’s team had a very busy Denim Day. Our NYC-based staff joined the annual New York City Denim Day Rally downtown at Foley Square in the morning, along with countless other organizations that work to end sexual assault. A team of staff and alumni interns also visited Unilever headquarters in New Jersey to talk about Denim Day with their staff and lead an art activity to raise awareness about the myths surrounding sexual assault. We ended the night in Washington Heights with local law enforcement, the parks department, and other community-based organizations for a Denim Day-themed community night.

Check out a full album of our Denim Day activities on Facebook now!

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