Someplace Safe is a non profit organization working to eliminate violence in West Central Minnesota and beyond. We provide a variety of services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and general crimes, and their families. Our direct service area includes an eight-county area, with nine Outreach offices, five Parenting Time Centers for supervised visitation and exchanges, an Emergency Shelter, and a newly opened Thrift Store.
What new functionality we are looking for
Someplace Safe is in dire need of a website that can keep up with the needs of our clients, our communities and our supporters. We envision a website that is easily navigable for individuals of any skill-set and experience level. It needs to be easy to understand, yet comprehensive in its capabilities.
We would envision in-depth, printable information and resources on each of our focus areas of service (domestic abuse, sexual violence & general crimes), as well as comprehensive information on each of our programs: Outreach, Parenting Time Centers, Emergency Shelter and Thrift Store.
We would also like tools and options for community and supporter interactions, including: capabilities to sign up for newsletters and communications online; a blog for sharing news and special events; tools for hosting community events and fundraisers; availability of Someplace Safe's curriculum and educational materials; options for contributing and giving online with minimal effort and cost; and an interactive calendar with upcoming agency and community events and opportunities clearly and easily displayed. These functions would help Someplace Safe become better connected as we work to foster support for the crucial work that we do for victims and survivors in Minnesota.
Our website would also need to be easily updated and maintained by staff.
How the new functionality will help
Safety. Options. Hope. A new website would enable Someplace Safe to better provide all three of these crucial components to those who need it most.
In many instances, victims of violence have only limited options and access to information about seeking help and finding safety. Someplace Safe sees our website as a crucial part of this process, and we want to be able to offer the most up to date and comprehensive information and resources available to us. Online access and resources are even more important in the region we serve, encompassing 6,000+ square miles of rural areas with limited options to reach out, making a readily available online resource even more crucial. An expanded website would also help us to expand and share materials, information and resources specific to populations who we are not fully reaching, including disability communities, ethnic communities, male victims and survivors, GLBT individuals, elderly populations and others.
A more professional looking, navigable website will also be an asset for our communities, allowing anyone who is interested in getting involved with their local programs to easily obtain information and resources to share and help educate others.
Finally, a more comprehensive, supporter-focused website will help individuals better identify ways in which to show their support for Someplace Safe, and in turn, help Someplace Safe to become better connected and focused on the needs of those who support our work and mission.
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