Meeting the Needs: Growth and Changes

Safe Passage has been a pillar of safety and support in the DeKalb County community since 1981.  The organization has gone through growth and change as the movement to end domestic and sexual violence has grown and changed.  Through it all, Safe Passage has kept the needs of survivors and our community at our core.

With those needs in mind, Safe Passage is facing a new change and opportunity.  Our current space is no longer sufficient for the programs and shelter we provide.  We operate at capacity in our shelter with more clients than we can house seeking shelter each month. Even in a new facility, extra space would be filled with survivors in need of our services.  With a new building, we could better serve survivors in the community and provide healing and support in a trauma-informed and designed space.

We’ve grown from our DeKalb grassroots into a thriving organization that provides critical life-giving services.  We look forward to this next stage in our growth.  Keep an eye on this page for updates about what we’re doing, where we’re doing it, and how you can partner!

145 Fisk Avenue

The old St. Mary’s Hospital in DeKalb is one of the potential sites being considered by Safe Passage for a new location.  Having sat empty for many years, the Safe Passage board and staff view this as a unique opportunity to rehabilitate the site and restore it as the building of healing and hope it used to be.

Safe Passage first expressed interest in the building in 2015 and began the process of conducting feasibility studies and obtaining architectural designs that showed the space could work perfectly for our expansion. The statewide budget crisis that soon followed caused plans to be put on hold. When funding was restored in 2017, the Safe Passage board again began to plan in earnest for the potential purchase and rehab of the building.  In June of 2018, a community member generously offered to donate the full cost of the purchase.  At this time, the building remains a strong possibility for Safe Passage’s future.

MOVING FORWARD: Partner with Safe Passage as we plan for these new changes.  Make a donation, write to your city council representative, share your stories of what Safe Passage means to you!