Claremore domestic violence shelter plans to use federal dollars to expand services

CLAREMORE, Okla. — The state of Oklahoma ranks second in the country for rate of women murdered by men, according to a study by the Violence Policy Center.

Jody Reiss took over as the Executive Director of Safenet Services in Claremore almost two years ago. The Rogers County facility offers a domestic violence shelter, a court advocacy program, counseling, help finding a house or job and supervised visitation opportunities.

After celebrating 10 years at the current facility, Reiss is excited to expand what Safenet provides.

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Her team told FOX23, this year, about $390,000 in federal grant money paid for new furniture, shelter repairs, a security system upgrade and new Safenet van.

Reiss said the organization was also just approved for $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act money through Rogers County. They plan to use the money to hire a clinical director who would counsel and oversee other counselors.

A development staff member will also be added to work on projects that bring money in to the non-profit where services are free for people in need. Reiss said, “as the days lie ahead with inflation, things going up, we provide essentials for up to 35 individuals at a time and so it’s very key that we’re able to stay ahead of that curve and really work toward sustainability moving forward.”

Safenet is kicking off a big month of events in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month including discussions and workshops.

Reiss’ biggest message is her team is here to help you. “If we can step in and we can walk alongside with those who are victims that are moving to being survivors, and thriving, then that is key to the survival of those that are being impacted by domestic violence,” said Reiss.

She added the goal at Safenet isn’t just survival, but healing and reaching a thriving place.

You can call Safenet’s 24/7 Crisis Hotline at (918)-341-9400.

More resources and information can be found here.





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