The SAFE Program is our signature Emergency Shelter Assistance program to assist victims.
The SAFE Program (Strengthening the At-Risk Family
Environment)is our signature Emergency Shelter Assistance
program to assist victims. The SAFE Program seeks to immediately
improve the housing, health, and development of homeless and at-
risk mothers and children. Since WCM has not acquired a
transitional housing facility we will employ an emergency mobile
case management model, meeting and serving clients where they
live. We place these women in hotels, extended stay suites and
apartments to immediately secure their safety until long term
arrangements can be made.
The SAFE Program serves the demographic of lower socioeconomic,
minority women between the ages of 18-30 with infants to children
8 years old. We find that many women in the lower socioeconomic
standing in this age range have formerly been in foster care, are
also previous victims of sexual and mental abuse and they
currently live in abusive and unhealthy residential environments.
When children in foster care reach the age of 18, they must fend for
themselves and for their children, so they often stay in an abusive
situation just to survive or suffer homelessness.
It is the experience of WCM that this demographic set of women is
unlikely to receive assistance from the larger domestic violence
agencies in the DFW Metroplex due to lack of access to
transportation and an overall lack of knowledge on how to obtain
such services. WCM primarily service clients in the Southern Sector
of Dallas that house a lower socioeconomic and underrepresented
In today’s economic climate WCM has experienced a 50% increase
in our call volume from women seeking helping the DFW Metroplex.
The areas of coverage include:
This program will serve families consisting of a mother between the
ages of 18 and 30 with at least one child aged 8 or under. The
process evaluation identifies common threads from the client’s
perspective and in the client’s own words. It also provides an
opportunity to better understand clients’ strengths and challenges.
We are anticipating the following outcomes:
• Clients care deeply for their children and want to become a better
• Clients desire stable jobs and/or continuing their education.
• Clients are remarkably resilient despite having faced many
challenging and traumatic events.
• Clients have extremely difficult financial situations exacerbated by
limited education, lack of childcare and difficult-to-navigate our
hostile public benefits systems.
• Many clients have extensive substance abuse/chemical health
and mental health issues. Participants have histories of depression,
bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and suicidal ideation or attempts.
• Many clients have a history of child welfare involvement. Some
spent time in the foster care system during their youth while others
have been separated from their children with many falling into both
• Transportation is a challenge for clients; few own their own vehicle
and public transit is either prohibitively expensive or unavailable.
• Safe stable housing is both difficult to find and financially difficult
Your donation will provide survivors of domestic violence with a PATH TO SAFETY and will support OUR CAUSE. Your financial contributions provide women and/or children with a safe, healthy environment, and the resources they need for a new beginning.
You donation will provide survivors of domestic violence with a PATH TO SAFETY and will support OUR CAUSE. Your financial contributions provide women and/or children with a safe, healthy environment, and the resources they need for a new beginning.