Shelter the Survivors

There is work to be done.

Caravan Studios
Jan 26, 2017 · 2 min read

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, shelter is a persistent need that is often unavailable to survivors seeking immediate assistance. Caravan Studios works with domestic violence and anti-trafficking agencies to develop tools to ease this problem.

We developed the Safe Shelter Collaborative (SSC) to help domestic violence and anti-trafficking agencies find shelter faster for more survivors. Regional sheltering agencies use the SSC to band together to find shelter for their clients, and when shelter is unavailable to a survivor, agencies can invite supporters to pay for hotel rooms, a common emergency shelter alternative. Supporters make tax-deductible donations using the SafeNight app to directly fund shelter, a gift that provides a survivor time and resources trained professionals can provide.

Agencies in California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Texas, are actively using the Safe Shelter Collaborative, helping us understand how technology can make the process of finding shelter more efficient, so staff can spend their valuable time and resources providing the care survivors require.

As of this week, agencies have made over 200 requests for shelter using the Safe Shelter Collaborative. We’re proud of the role we play with agencies to address the impact of domestic violence and human trafficking nationwide.

Please help us help agencies that provide sheltering services to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

If you work at or volunteer with a domestic violence or anti-trafficking agency: consider joining the Safe Shelter Collaborative. We’d love to hear your questions about what free membership entails: support@safesheltercollaborative.org

If you’d like to help agencies provide shelter to survivors, download the free SafeNight app and make a tax-deductible donation when an agency sends out a request for help.www.SafeNightapp.org

There is much work to be done to help those in need. We are honored to work alongside these agencies that do so much. Please join us.

This post is by Sarah Washburn, a member of the Caravan Studios team. Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, CA.

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