Donation drive on for A Safe Place

A Safe Place, Clackamas County, and the Clackamas Federal Credit Union are conducting a donation drive to help survivors of domestic violence. Items can be donated through Nov. 30 at the stand alone Clackamas Federal Credit Union branches in Canby, Milwaukie, Oregon City, and Sandy.

The community is invited to donate
• diapers and wipes
• school supplies
• new backpacks
• gift cards,
• new pajamas and new fleece pants/coats
• new socks and undergarments
• used cell phones with chargers

When an abuse survivor suddenly leaves their home, they do not always have the time to pack the items that are most necessary. Community partners at the center are hoping to have items available to help survivors with such items.

The donation drive is meant to help in emergency situations with things that they need in a hurry. Babies need their diapers changed, kids need supplies for schools, and everyone needs a warm coat or other necessities. Used cell phones can also be used without a SIM card to make 911 calls in an emergency.

A Safe Place Family Justice Center for Clackamas County will open this November in Oregon City at 256 Warner-Milne Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045. Clackamas County will partner with law enforcement and local service providers to offer a safe location where law enforcement officials, legal service providers, victim advocates and providers can work together to help families escape and recover from domestic, sexual, and vulnerable adult abuse.

At A Safe Place, survivors of domestic violence will be able to receive coordinated and holistic care. Family Justice Centers across the country have reduced homicides, increased victim safety; empowered victims; reduced fear and anxiety for victims and their children; and reduced intimidation.

Some of these organizations and agencies involved with A Safe Place include:
• Abuse Recovery Ministry and Services
• Catholic Charities
• Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office: Victim Assistance Unit
• Clackamas Women’s Services
• Los Niños Cuentan
• Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other legal service providers
• State Department of Human Services: Aging and Disability Services
• State Department of Human Services: Self-Sufficiency and Child Welfare
• Family Stepping Stones