LOCAL & STATEWIDE AWARDS: Amerigroup Healthy Community Champion Award 2012 | Community Resource Council Awards of Excellence 2012 | Recipient of the Topeka Bar Association 2012 Liberty Bell Award | Recipient of the Kansas Attorney General's Comittment to Children's Service Award
Our Program Is Closing
Thank you for your support!
Memo To: ALL Friends, Referral Agents, and Families in Service
From: Connie Sanchez, Safe Visit Administrator and Staff
Regarding: SAFE VISIT SERVICES
It is with much regret that I write to you today as I have a sad and weary heart.
As you know, Safe Visit has proudly served the community for 17 years. The families have been blessed as we have provided a safe, child-focused facility. We know we have made a difference in many people’s lives and have taken great pride in our work!
However, when the mission of the United Way changed, and Safe Visit lost United Way support in 2012, it was devastating to our overall stability. It was very difficult to recover. Staffing cuts were made, and new resources were secured. Then, in the Spring of 2013, the YMCA decided they could no longer serve as the umbrella agency for Safe Visit. Safe Visit staff worked for 2 months to secure a new agency to call home. Unfortunately, on May 23, 2013, staff was informed that a takeover would not be possible and so the center is set to close on 6-30-13; direct services will end on Sunday 6-16-13.
An existing agency, TFI, is preparing to establish visitation/exchange services in our community, sometime after 7-1-2013. TFI currently offers these services in Lawrence and Wichita and like Safe Visit follows the state guidelines for best practice; thus it should be a swift and smooth transition.
TFI is located at 217 SE 4th St, Topeka KS 66603. Their contact number is 785-271-2267.
WE have truly enjoyed serving our community and have always strived to maintain a positive and respectful environment and adhere to best practice intervention for the children and their families.
Support Topeka Gives!In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Topeka Community Foundation has slated Topeka Gives. The event takes place 7 am to 6 pm, June 19, at Fairlawn Plaza. TCF has pledged up to $30,000 in matching grants to nonprofits for all money donated on Topeka Gives day.
Dozens of area nonprofit organizations are signed up to participate in Topeka Gives. On June 19, people are invited to come to Fairlawn Plaza, write a check to TCF and indicate the organizations among which they'd like the amount divided. At the end of the day, TCF will divide its match, prorating the amount if donations exceed $30,000. The money will be given with no strings attached.
CLICK HERE for 2013 Topeka Gives Participants
Connie Sanchez and Safe Visit Honored
With TWO CRC Awards and $5000.00!
Safe Visit Determined to Survive
Despite United Way Funding Cuts
the administrator of the YMCA Safe Visit program
The Topeka Bar Association gives the 2012 Liberty Bell Award to Safe Visit administrator, Connie Sanchez, in honor of Law Day during its May Luncheon!
2011 Safe Visit
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