October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Posted October 4, 2016 at 5:52 am by Tim Dustrude
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and SAFE San Juans (formerly DVSAS) has created several great opportunities to come together as a community, actively create conversation, honor those who have suffered from such violence, and become empowered to take action in fostering an island environment characterized by respect for others, equal access to resources, and safety for all.
First, coming up this Sunday, October 9, Join SAFE San Juans at the Brickworks, at 2:00pm for their 4th annual Beautiful You Fashion Show, celebrating the beauty and diversity of all island residents. Enjoy refreshments from generous local donors while viewing featured fashions from wonderful local shops including: Be Chic, Girlfriends, 2nd Act, and Kings Marine, with model hair by Spa d’Bune. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at the participating businesses, by calling the SAFE San Juans office at (360) 378‑8680, or online at SAFEsj.org.
Also, you may have already noticed the Silent Witness silhouettes on the lawn of the legislative building, across from the courthouse. This display is meant to honor those who died from domestic violence in 2015. Please take some time to walk among the figures or write your thoughts in the journal provided on site. SAFE San Juans will be hosting a vigil in honor of these victims at the site on October 21st at 12 noon.
Lastly, come out to the old medical center building (550 Spring St.) on Sunday, October 23rd, for an afternoon of fun and information about the new allied social service project being spearheaded by SAFE San Juans. Also featured will be the exciting new vision for The Cove — Carlson Youth Center of the San Juan Islands. The event will be a wonderful opportunity to catch the energy for this great initiative! There will be a virtual tour representing the finished project, as well as self-guided walk-throughs of the building past our artist’s renderings. There will also be several short presentations by project leads, a complimentary hot dog feed (hosted by the Stand Up Men), ample time for questions & answers, and sign-ups for those who would like to take on a more active role in this project benefiting the entire community.
Be sure to mark your calendars and join SAFE San Juans in their work to empower our islands to live free of abuse.
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