The Web site www.safepassageinc.org and live toll-free HelpLine (877-733-1990 or locally 933-1990) offer 24/7 direction and support for anyone seeking information about domestic violence and available resources. All Safe Passage services are confidential and free of charge.
The facility has eight full-time and five part-time employees, as well as three college interns. Fifty-one formal, trained volunteers and 108 others who are “special agents” for specific needs and services also assist. More volunteers are sought to answer phone calls and do other office tasks, transport clients and help with children’s programs. Persons may sign up by calling the same phone number and speaking to administrative assistant Donna Huffmaster.
Workers and volunteers are supported by 2014 officers: President Dan Mattingly, Batesville; Vice President Beth Enneking, Batesville; Treasurer James Anderson, Batesville; and Secretary Bryan Messmore, Lawrenceburg. Other board members who meet every other month are Trish Hunter, Nancy Marticke and Sister Barbara Piller, Batesville; Tina Bojack and Angela Scudder, Lawrenceburg; and Mick Wilz, Brookville.
The annual budget is $500,890 for the 2013-14 fiscal year, “slightly less than last year since we have anticipated federal funding cuts.”
The director acknowledged the Ripley County Community Foundation, Franklin County Community Foundation, Dearborn Community Foundation, Ohio County Community Foundation and Rising Sun Regional Foundation, which granted the nonprofit a combined total of more than $73,000 for capital improvements this year.
Other funding sources are the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Hillenbrand Inc., MainSource Bank, Margaret Mary Health, United Way of Franklin County, Brookville Foundation, Stayin’ Alive Local Coordinating Council, Ripley County Local Coordinating Council, Dearborn County CASA, Avon, Leona Hahn Charitable Trust, Ripley County, Franklin County, Switzerland County, Dearborn County and City of Rising Sun.
“Several churches and other faith-based groups have made regular financial commitments and, of course, many, many wonderful individuals,” Yorn said. “Other local businesses donate services and goods that help support our efforts and allow us to help offset our operating costs.”