Where We Work
Safe At Home has 16 Margaret’s Place program sites in communities across the country, with a 17th planned for opening in fall of 2018. Each year, SAH provides services to more than 13,000 young people ages 6 through 18 in schools and community-based settings, many of whom are impacted by trauma and violence in their homes, schools, and communities.
How We Work
The Margaret’s Place program model provides integrated comprehensive and healing services in schools through designated “safe” rooms to youth who are impacted by violence and trauma in order to empower them to live healthy lives free of violence.
Exposure to violence, without timely intervention, has significant and damaging long-term effects like increased risk of social isolation, school absenteeism, drug use, anxiety, juvenile delinquency, and suicide. However, there is hope. These effects can be mitigated by having safe spaces, like Margaret’s Place, for youth in which they are empowered to share their story alongside the presence of a supportive adult.
Margaret’s Places’ layered approach raises youth consciousness about violence and its effects on individuals and communities. At Margaret’s Place, we work to empower youth and help them find their voice.
Training for school staff, from educators to support staff, provides professionals with an overview of domestic violence, how it impacts youth, and what to do if violence exposure is suspected.
Safe At Home’s “End the Cycle” and “Not All Scars Are Visible” national advertising campaigns highlight the long-term impact of exposure to violence can have on children. These campaigns were made possible through a partnership with gyro New York and have been featured on nationally on television, in newspapers and online.