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Meet Sandra and Leila — a family's journey with SAVE

You may have heard that more than 8,000 people experience homelessness in Alameda County each night. But what you may not have heard is that intimate partner violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness, especially for women and children. Homelessness, housing insecurity, and intimate partner violence are fundamentally linked. In fact, a 2019 study by the Blue Shield of California Foundation found that 80% of mothers and children experiencing homelessness had previously experienced domestic violence. This is why SAVE has developed both a robust Safe House and Housing First Program to help survivors get and stay safe, and last year we helped 320 survivors and their children do just that!

Sandra* and her 16-year-old daughter, Leila lived in their van for months before coming to SAVE’s Safe House in April. It's hard to imagine what a warm bed, a hot shower, and a home-cooked meal must have felt like after living in fear and sleeping in the cold. SAVE provided Sandra and Leila with all of these, as well as a safe and supportive place to heal.

Our staff worked with Sandra to understand her family’s needs and partnered with her to apply for an Emergency Housing Voucher made available as a result of the pandemic. Sandra’s application was approved three months later. They moved into their own home on July 4th — a momentous day to reclaim independence! SAVE staff helped with move-in costs and securing furniture, and we continue to provide support and services to Sandra and her family.

Sandra is just one of the thousands of survivors SAVE serves each year. Her story is unique, and thanks to your support, we have built flexible programs that are responsive to the complex needs of survivors. Last year your gift helped us care for 1,265 survivors of intimate partner violence. Today I ask that you choose to support SAVE again so that we can assist more survivors like Sandra and Leila — today, tomorrow and until the violence stops.

In solidarity,

Jennifer Dow-Rowell, Executive Director

*Names and identifying details have been changed to protect survivor’s privacy.