Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 26, 2012

Safe Passage breaks record


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At Tri-State Artisans, clients can “learn vital job skills, gain a work reference and be in a positive environment,” she told the 30 attendees, with a particularly strong Franklin County contingent. Classes provide a creative outlet  for the clients and children to express their feelings.  She anticipates helping women re-build their lives into ìrewarding, healthy and happy ones.î

After the speech, the director observed, “This is one success story. We have many. We have staff who are passionate about what they do and leadership who want to continue to drive this organization forward.”

Jud McMillin, Brookville, told Yorn, “Thank you for what you do, both from the perspective of (District 68) state representative and attorney .... To be able to refer (clients ) to a place like this is tremendous.”

Before small groups toured the facility, Yorn announced, “We do have almost a full house.” Five of the six bedrooms were full and most of the 24 beds.

Throughout its existence, the nonprofit has provided emergency, residential shelter and programs to nearly 800 individuals, according to the 2011-12 Service Summary. More than 3,400 nonresidential clients have received outreach support services and help through its crisis helpline. Additionally, each year through prevention programs, more than 3,000 southeast Indiana residents are educated about both family and teen dating violence and the devastating effects on its victims.

During the 2011-12 fiscal year, a record 140 individuals were served in the shelter. The average length of stay is 32 days. The report stated, ìIn this one year, the number of residential clients increased by 44 percentî and the number of children by 124 percent. Additionally, 87 families were supported through the nonresidential outreach program.

All clients are provided with court and legal advocacy, counseling, GED support, employment and housing assistance, and assisted with financial and basic living needs.

During the fiscal year, federal funding decreased by as much as 12 percent. The average cost to provide services for a shelter client is $96 per day with only about half of that funded by government sources.

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