With everyone confined to their homes since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a surge in domestic violence cases across the U.S. This is where nonprofits, like DC Safe, step up to create a safe space and help survivors during a crisis.
DC Safe stands for Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment and is the only 24/7 crisis intervention agency for domestic violence in Washington, DC. They are made up of several teams and programs dedicated to helping survivors in various ways including emergency lock changes, food for the weekend, safe housing for survivors, emergency transportation to the shelter, rental assistance, and more.
Reese Waters was able to chat with Natalie Oterio, the co-founder and executive director, and learned that their biggest need currently, is food cards to give to survivors and their families staying at their shelter. Natalie expressed that the Safe Space Crisis Shelter sees about 300 to 400 families a year and with an influx staying due to the holidays they simply need food cards to provide to their families. Easterns Automotive Group wanted to ensure that DC Safe was able to get the food cards they needed to keep doing great work in the community. In partnership with WUSA 9’s Get Up and Give Back DC, Reese was able to present DC Safe with $1000 to help them get the food cards for the families at there shelter.
There is no donation to small. DC Safe has a breakdown on their website sharing exactly how your donation can help. To learn more about ways you can donate or volunteer with the DC Safe please visit - www.dcsafe.org
Easterns Automotive Group and WUSA 9 are always here to help. If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that is worthy of being helped or recognized, please contact at @ReeseWaters on social media. #GetUpDC #GetUpGiveBack