Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2009 Vol. 4
The Vault
Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment's Community Newsletter
 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Dear SAFE Supporter, 

This special edition of "The Vault" is in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month which is observed in October of each year.  Some highlights of this issue of "The Vault" include a recent award granted to SAFE and free upcoming community events.

I could not wait to share all of the exciting news with you!

Kalyn Risker, Executive Director

Thank you for your support!

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Kalyn Risker

Founder/Executive Director

Please assist SAFE in spreading community awareness in an effort to eliminate domestic violence in our community by forwarding this email newsletter.
SAFE Health & Wealth Expo
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Free Event!! Open to the Community!

SAFE's Health & Wealth Expo will be held Saturday, October 24, 2009 from 10 am - 4:00 pm at Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, Michigan 48235

SAFE's Health & Wealth Expo features: workshops, lunch, giveaways, sample packs, community resources and health screenings

All Free to the Community!

Expo Hotline: 888-757-6880

Free Community Resource Tables for Nonprofit Organizations are still available

Expo Community Resource Registration Table Form

Please Assist the SAFE Health and Wealth Expo by Clicking on the Sponsorship Link Below 

SAFE Health and Wealth Expo Sponsorship Form

SAFE Honored with "Spirit of Advocacy" Award 

Spirit of Advocacy
Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment was honored by the National Network to End Domestic Violence's (NNEDV) with the 2009 "Spirit of Advocacy Award!

"Sister Acquiring Financial Empowerment is saving lives in the Detroit area," said Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, based in Washington , D.C.   "SAFE is one of the most effective programs in the country empowering survivors of domestic violence with the financial tools they need to live safer lives free from abuse. SAFE earned NNEDV's 2009 Spirit of Advocacy Award because it tirelessly works to help survivors overcome one of the greatest barriers to ending abusive relationships -- finances.  By providing a survivor with financial literacy tools and economic opportunity, SAFE is helping to conquer a victim's major obstacle to escaping a violent relationship." 

NNEDV Honors Outstanding Contributions to the Cause

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The Economic Empowerment and Capacity Building Project, a program of the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivor's Giving Circle, has selected Kalyn Risker as an Economic Empowerment Coach. She has been providing technical assistance to Michigan domestic violence agencies and training to survivors of domestic violence using the Allstate Foundation's "Moving Ahead Through Money Management" curriculum and the SAFE model of job readiness education.

The highlight of the project will be The Economic Justice For All Conference that will be created by survivors of domestic violence for survivors of domestic violence.

The Economic Justice for All Conference for survivors of domestic violence is a free event that will be held Saturday, November 14, 2009 and will feature workshops, lunch and giveaways.

You may now register for the Economic Justice for All Conference free!

Click Here to Register

Click Here for Workshop Schedule

For additional information regarding the Economic Just
ice For All Conference please call (888) 225-0326.
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SAFE featured in Time Magazine Blog

Time Detroit Blog

Click on link below to read a recent featured Time Magazine Detroit blog article about SAFE

Time Magazine Detroit Blog Detroit's domestic-abuse dilemma

Pre-Employment Training 

Free of Charge


Topics will include: 


Ongoing sessions with many dates and locations within the Metropolitan Detroit area


Call 800-757-4919 ext. 2 for training

dates and locations

SAFE to speak at US Congressional Briefing



WASHINGTON - October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and a bipartisan group of members from the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, with Women's Policy, Inc. and the YWCA, will join a leading panel of experts to discuss how economic abuse can impact the personal safety and financial security of domestic violence victims and their families.

According to YWCA USA, economic abuse is a tactic commonly used by abusers to control their victims' finances and prevent them from leaving a dangerous relationship. Many victims stay in abusive relationships due to lack of resources to stand on their own two feet. The issue touches the lives of millions in this country.  Studies show more than 70 percent of Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.

The lunch briefing is sponsored in cooperation with members of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, including: Reps. Donna Edwards(D-MD) and Sue Myrick (R-NC), Co-Chairs, Violence Against Women Task Force, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Mary Fallin (R-OK), Co-Chairs, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, and Reps. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Kay Granger (R-TX), Vice-Chairs, Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues.

The briefing is sponsored by Women's Policy, Inc. and the YWCA USA, and made possible through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

A Capitol Hill lunch briefing, "Economic Abuse and its Role in Domestic Violence."

Event will include members of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues and leading health experts and is being held in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness month. 

Featured Speakers:

Judy L. Postmus, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Rutgers University, will discuss the problem of economic abuse and its role in domestic violence.

Kalyn Risker, Founder and Executive Director, Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE), Detroit, Michigan, will speak to her organization's work to equip survivors of domestic violence with the appropriate financial tools and resources needed to enable women to leave or recover from the economic portion of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil

Candlelight Vigil 2009Domestic Violence Awareness Month 4th Annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil
"Telling Our Story: From Victim to Survivor" was held October 1, 2009.

The Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil was hosted by 
LA VIDA, Looking For My Sister, Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment, Serenity Services, Sisters Against Domestic Abuse, Wayne County SAFE, & Women Empowered.

This powerful event received overwhelming support from members of the community who all pledged to assist in eliminating domestic violence from our community.

Speaker Request 
SAFE Initiative
If you would like a representative from SAFE to speak to your staff, organization, group, block club, school, etc., please call 800-757-4919 ext. 3.
SAFE Corporations

SAFE Corporations is a SAFE initiative to assist organizations in increasing the organization's awareness of domestic violence while strengthening corporate policies and procedures regarding employees who are affected by domestic violence.   Currently 1 in 4 women are currently or have been in an abusive relationship. 

Taking a proactive approach regarding domestic violence can increase employeeWorkshop Photo morale, reduce turnover and absenteeism while empowering your staff.
SAFE representatives who are also Human Resource Professionals are trained to present and assist with domestic violence issues in your workplace. For more information regarding the SAFE Corporations Initiative, please contact SAFE at 800-757-4919 or at
SAFE on the Radio

We would like to thank Mix 92.3, WJLB98 and Hope for Healing Radio for extending invitations to SAFE to speak regarding Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Guest Columnist
Looking for Experts
Guest editor We are seeking guest columnist for both SAFE's e-newsletters "The Vault" and our client newsletter "Equity". 

We would like professionals to contribute their expertise with a brief article regarding a subject that applicable to the mission of SAFE to empowering survivors of domestic violence.

If you are interested in this virtual volunteer opportunity please contact a SAFE representative at 800-757-4919 ext. 15 or at

Zonta Club of Southfield Area
Thank You!
Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment would like to thank the Zonta Club of Southfield Area for their commitment of volunteering and supporting SAFE!
SAFE's Open House
SAFE Open House 2009 SAFE obtained its own office space earlier this year and we held a Client Only Open House Celebration! 

We felt that it was most important to welcome and introduce the participants of SAFE to the this new space that will serve them.
In addition to enjoying a hearty lunch, our very special sponsor, Envie Bath and Body provided a very special hand pampering session for everyone in attendance and gave everyone a gift bag with generously sized products!
Envie Bath and Body

SAFE to Present at National Symposium
SAFE is preparing to present during the Allstate Foundation and NNEDV 2009 Economic Empowerment Symposium "Beyond The Basics: Expanding Our Reach" in Arlington Heights, Illinois to be held, Wednesday, October 28 through Friday, October 30, 2009.

This symposium is designed to provide information, best practices and support to domestic violence programs and advocates throughout the United States.

Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment

2795 E. Grand Boulevard, Suite #9

Detroit, Michigan 48211


Executive Board of Directors
Voltaire Kendrick, Chairperson
Elaine Bice, Treasurer/Secretary
Betty Risker, Member
F. Carlton Peeples, Member 
Kalyn Risker, Founder/Executive Director
The Executive Board of Directors would like to thank all of the supporters and sponsors of SAFE for your assistance which has impacted the lives of women in need of hope for a SAFE future.
In This Issue
SAFE Health and Wealth Expo
Spirit of Advocacy Award
Economic Justice For All
Time Magazine Blog
Pre-Employment Training
US Congressional Briefing
Contact SAFE
Forward to a Friend
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Survivor Resources 
Your Assistance is Needed 
Please help SAFE raise funds for client training progam materials
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Partnerships and Affiliations 
SAFE's Partnerships & Affiliations

Arise Detroit

Christian Business Coalition

Detroit Parent Network

Developing K.I.D.S.

Divine Help Services, LLC

International Detroit Black Expo

Michigan Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Motorcity Blight Busters

National Network to End Domstic Violence

S.I.S.T.A.H.S. Ministry

Serenity Services

Sisters Against Domestic Abuse - SADA's House

Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO)

The Learning Institute of Family Education (LIFE)

The Women's Center

Transformation Detroit

Wayne County Council Against Family Violence

Women In Touch

Women of Color Network

Community Resources

List of Resources for You

Julie's List

No Worker Left Behind

Up to $5000.00 a year for two years for college or approved training program

Click For No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) Information

State of Michigan 800 # and additional Foreclosure Prevention Information

Detroit Community Health Connection - Free and Low Cost Health Care

Corporate Sponsors
Thank You!
Alisha K's Cheesecakes
Avima Design
Avani Press
Brown Bag Catering
Change Your Lifestyle Fitness
Community Legal Resources
Dr. Shah
Elegance N Glass
Envie Bath and Body
Globe, LLC 
Health and Fitness ICU
Hotblock Entertainment, Inc
Herbal SereniTea
Jessica Soulliere
Kartoon Korner
KL Saunders
Mandisa's Magical Treasures
Marathon Petroleum, LLC
MIX 92.3 FM
MGM Grand
Michigan Chronicle
On The Catwalk
Organizing to Be Effective
Photography by Myett
Southfield Area Zonta Club
Starbucks Coffee
Maxwill Business Solutions
State Farm Insurance - Eric Huffman Agency
The Michigan Front Page
The Shoe Lady
Verizon Wireless
business women 
Volunteers Needed 
Did you know that SAFE has opportunities for both VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERS as WELL as VOLUNTEERS that can attend ONSITE events, meetings, training and offer administrative support!
For more information 800-757-4919 ext. 71
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To equip survivors of domestic violence with the appropriate financial tools and resources needed to enable women to leave or recover from the economic portion of domestic violence
SAFE is a 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Corporation