Who We Are

S.A.F.E.’s Story

S.A.F.E. stands for SUPPORT IN ABUSIVE FAMILY EMERGENCIES. It is a domestic violence and sexual assault program with a designated service area of both Towns County and Union County.

S.A.F.E. began in June of 1989 with the formation of a task force. After an informal assessment to determine the need for services for victims of family violence, the task force decided to pursue establishing a family violence program. After additional research, volunteers were trained and began coverage of a 24-hour crisis intervention line and a support group for women. Safe homes were used for shelter. A Board of Directors was chosen in October, 1989, and the process of incorporation was started.

The Board of Directors began a widespread publicity campaign and began to cultivate cooperation with law enforcement, the justice system, and social service agencies. Grant funding was obtained through the family violence program of the Georgia Department of Human Resources and, in 1991, an Executive Director was hired. The Blairsville Jaycees bought a residence to serve as a shelter facility for S.A.F.E. In May of 1991, S.A.F.E. officially opened the doors to the shelter, and was licensed to house 12 persons.

Since that time, a wide range of additional free and confidential services have been added including legal advocacy, referral services, children’s programs, family violence assessments/case management, prevention education programs, sexual assault prevention and services, and a family support center program.

With the collaborative efforts of both Towns and Union Counties, property was made available for a new shelter facility. In 2001, Union County and S.A.F.E. successfully applied for a Georgia Community Development Block Grant which provided a substantial portion of the funds needed for the new shelter. Local fundraising efforts supplemented the grant funds. The new facility was completed in the fall of 2003, and the emergency shelter was relocated there in November. This facility can house 15 persons, meets all ADA and safety requirements, and provides space for all of the services currently offered. The original facility was used by S.A.F.E. as the Family Support and Child Visitation Center and the newly established Enotah Child Advocacy Center until 2011. At that time the Enotah Child Advocacy and Family Visitation Center was relocated to a building in Blairsville owned and donated by Union General Hospital. In 2016 the name was changed to Butterfly House Child Advocacy Center.



What Some Of Our Clients Say


When me and my kids came to S.A.F.E. I was drained emotionally, mentally and physically. S.A.F.E. has been nothing but a blessing since the day we walked through those doors. S.A.F.E. has helped me with countless things. Helping me to stand on my own two feet , showing me I had backbone whenever I fall short on money because I have to miss work because one of the kids is sick S.A.F.E. helps me make sure I don't fall behind on my bills. Any thing I need for the kids S.A.F.E. is always there. Mentally, phyically  and emotionally S.A.F.E has been here for me and my kids. I have not only found friends, I have found a family and for that I am forever thankful and I have S.A.F.E. to thank for that. S.A.F.E means the world to me and my kids, we love them always and forever.

Lorraine (Not her Real Name)


This program is absolutely amazing. Something so beautiful during some seriously hard times in our lives is just a complete breath of relief and hope. Since I have been here they have helped me get birth certificates for my children. They have helped me get diapers, wipes, pullups and melatonin. They are helping me pay bills for the month. Once when the coils and spark plugs needed replaced in my car, they were there for me.

Betty (Not her real name)


I have been residing at S.A.F.E. and the shelter has been a huge help to me and my children. They have helped me repair my car, get my medication, pay some bills, and school clothes for my kids. This place has helped me to get back up on my feet after so many tragic events. The shelter has been a blessing to me and my kids and I couldn't be more grateful for all they have done. Without the shelter and all the advocates here I am not sure where I would be right now. They have helped us stay safe, clothed, fed, and healthy the whole time we have been here.

Dianna (Not her real name)

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