We’re Fighting a Hidden Crisis and We Need Your Support During COVID-19
I’m here today sharing this information with you because of your commitment to survivors and to let you know that a gift to support Safe+Sound Somerset’s response can make a huge difference.
By March 16th when Governor Murphy closed the schools in New Jersey, the reality of COVID-19 had hit home for most of us and I am sure you had taken steps to keep your family safe.
Because of your support and commitment to helping survivors of domestic abuse, Safe+Sound Somerset was responding and working diligently to develop a trauma-informed response to the crisis. Using the same tools and skills we teach our clients, we embraced an empowered, problem-solving approach to create a model for remote services.
Because of your commitment to survivors, I am sure you are aware that sheltering in place to minimize the risks associated with the virus increases the risk of domestic abuse in many households. In fact, after an initial calm during the first weeks, Safe+Sound Somerset is experiencing increased demand across our services, and I’d like to reassure you that we remained available to survivors needing our 24/7 call and text hotline, our safe house, counseling and other services.
Because of you, Lena is just one of the hundreds of survivors we will help achieve safety, hope and healing during COVID-19. Here is her story.
While we are proud of our accomplishments during this crisis, the reality is that the pandemic will negatively impact Safe+Sound Somerset’s bottom line in 2020. There have been increased costs associated with serving our clients during COVID-19 and all the income from our fundraisers is in jeopardy. I’m sure you would be saddened to learn that we anticipate a shortfall of anywhere between $100,000 and $250,000 when the dust settles.
You can make a difference for the survivors you care so much about. Please make a gift to help survivors of domestic abuse during this crisis. If you are not able to make a gift of the size you’d like today, consider a recurring monthly gift that adds up for the impact you’d like!
Please take care of yourself and your family. Thank you for your time and stay well.
Director of Programming
P.S. Your gift may “cost” you less in 2020. In 2020, taxpayers who do not itemize their deductions can take a one-time deduction of up to $300 for cash gifts made to charitable organizations. For those who itemize, the 60 percent adjusted gross income limitation for individuals’ charitable contributions is suspended.
P.P.S. Do you want to make a gift that will help survivors for generations to come? You can do it today with a legacy gift through your will. If you are interested, please contact Kristin Cantwell, Director of Development at [email protected] for more information.
Your gift will ensure the continuity of S+SS’s full scope of trauma-informed services for the safety, hope and healing of survivors both during and after this crisis.