Domestic violence is an epidemic infecting our society without discrimination.
It spreads from generation to generation, cutting across age, socioeconomic
status, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and nationality. In
the U.S., more than 10 million people are victims of domestic violence
For more than 35 years, Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky has helped families
plagued by this disease, providing critical services such as emergency
shelter, transitional housing, job training and legal advocacy.
“For years, King’s Daughters has provided emergency and other
healthcare to women and children at Safe Harbor,” said Susan Fried,
Safe Harbor board chair. The medical center also has been a major sponsor
of the organization’s annual Lobster Fest fundraiser since its inception
eight years ago.
Safe Harbor also benefits from the food drive conducted at King’s
Daughters each spring. “We receive much of the non-perishable food
donated to River Cities Harvest. It’s a huge help,” Fried
said noting there are many mouths to feed with more than 160 residents
being served by Safe Harbor at any given time.
Last year, team members from King’s Daughters Information Systems
and Technology department helped set up of a computer lab at Safe Harbor
by installing computers donated by Ashland Community and Technical College.
“It’s opened doors for our residents to access online education
and search for jobs,” said Fried.
The desire to help people is at the heart of healthcare. Fried’s
own ties to the medical community led her to involvement with Safe Harbor
— she and her husband, cardiothoracic surgeon Robert Fried, M.D.,
learned about the organization through the Boyd County Medical Association
when they moved here in 2003. “The association was considering causes
to support. We toured Safe Harbor and just fell in love with the concept
of giving these women and children a chance,” she said.
Domestic violence stunts the long-term health of a community as it takes
its toll on generations of families. “Children in violent homes
often grow up to be abusers or continued abuse victims,” Fried said.
“By supporting Safe Harbor, King’s Daughters is helping us
end this vicious cycle and give families hope.”
Safe Harbor accepts financial gifts as well as donations of hygiene items,
undergarments and clothing. To learn more about the organization and how
you can help, go online to safeharborky.org or call (606) 329-9304 or
toll free: 1-800-926-2150.
*Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Don’t forget! Safe Harbor’s annual Lobsterfest fundraiser
is from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 13 at Bellefonte Country Club.
For information, call (606) 329-9304.
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