History of Safe Nest
In 1977, a dedicated group of community citizens founded the first domestic violence shelter in Southern Nevada. The new charity was initially called Temporary Assistance for Women, Inc. A few years later the corporate name was changed to Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis, Inc. to reflect the fact that services are provided not just for women, but also for men, teens, children and the general public. While the corporate name was retained, the charity operates as “Safe Nest” and is filed as a non-profit corporation with the state of Nevada under the name “Safe Nest: Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis, Inc.” The agency is recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.
Since its founding, Safe Nest has grown to be Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive program devoted solely to domestic violence issues. While shelter programs are still pivotal to the work of Safe Nest, the agency expanded over the years to provide many other services including therapeutic counseling for victims, offenders, teens, children, and families. An extensive advocacy program provides assistance to victims in obtaining protection orders, accessing legal services, and receiving help through the court system. Prevention programs also provide dating violence prevention for school children and community youth groups. Public education includes information for employers and training for professionals who work with victims of domestic violence. Safe Nest personnel are also active in task forces, state committees, and other group efforts which work to improve laws, protocols, and policies impacting domestic violence victims.
Here are some of the highlights in Safe Nest’s history:
- 1977 - Safe Nest begins its existence as “Temporary Assistance for Women” (TAW).
- 1978 - TAW opens its first shelter with 12 beds for abused women and children and launches a 24-hour hotline for domestic violence victims.
- 1979 - Estelle Murphy becomes Executive Director and hires Kathleen Brooks as Associate Director.
- 1981 - The Nevada Legislature allocates $5 from each marriage license to provide base funding for domestic violence programs. Wayne Newton holds a benefit concert for Safe Nest which allows the purchase of a larger shelter property.
- 1982 - The new shelter opens with 27 beds for women and children. The agency opens a counseling office to serve both victims and batterers. The agency name is changed to Temporary Assistance for Domestic Crisis, Inc. (TADC).
- 1991 – The shelter expands to 42 beds.
- 1993 - With funding from the Nevada Law Foundation, advocates are hired to work full-time at the protection order office at Family Court to assist victims applying for orders.
- 1994 - In partnership with the Clark County School District, a Youth Education program is established to provide dating violence prevention classes for teens and age-appropriate conflict resolution for younger children.
- 1996 – The organization starts doing business as “Safe Nest” (DBA) and opens a shelter in North Las Vegas expanding housing capacity to 67 beds.
- 1997 - Safe Nest opens additional counseling offices in Laughlin, Mesquite and Boulder City. With funding from a new Federal program, the Violence Against Women Act, Safe Nest initiates a Crisis Response Team to respond to the scene of a domestic violence incident when called out by the LV Metropolitan Police Department.
- 1998 - With funding from the Andre Agassi Foundation, Safe Nest partners with Child Protective Services (CPS) to assist on CPS cases involving domestic violence and children.
- 1999 - Safe Nest expands its partnerships with the North Las Vegas, Mesquite, and Boulder City police departments by hiring advocates to work on-site at the police stations.
- 2002 - Safe Nest shelter expands bed capacity to 103 beds, upon completion of its new building, funded by Clark County CDBG funds (Community Development Block Grant Funds/ HUD); Safe Nest commemorates its 25th Anniversary and launches its Interfaith Task Force on Domestic Violence in partnership with faith communities in Southern Nevada.
- 2005 - The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awards Safe Nest a grant to conduct a needs assessment and develop architectural and construction plans for a new Services Center for counseling, advocacy, and prevention services.
- 2007 - Safe Nest commemorates it 30th Anniversary and launches a capital campaign to fund a future Services Center.
- 2009 - The Nevada Legislature allocates an additional $5 dollars for each marriage license to fund domestic violence services
- 2011 - Safe Nest partners with the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority for an innovative program that trains all Housing Authority employees and provides on-site advocacy for domestic violence victims residing in campuses.
- 2012 - Safe Nest celebrates its 35th Anniversary.