On Friday, January 12th, the SXM Fire Brigade presented the Safe Haven Foundation with much needed materials of mattresses, bed frames and fire alarms (among others). Shelley Gordon, Lead House Mother of Safe Haven, commented “What a magnificent gesture from our Firefighters, and not a moment too soon”. After hurricane Irma, Safe Haven had sustained much structural damage which left the shelter less two living quarters and the office. The unfortunate issue is that Safe Haven had to turn victims away from shelter, not without at least putting a safety plan in place for women that called.
Firefighter Swendi Angel started the initiative where firefighters coordinate relief efforts and community drives to garner materials and supplies and inject them back into the community. Mr. Elvin Lake, president of the Firefighters Foundation, is content and quite proud of his team that raised funds to purchase the materials given to Safe Haven depicted in the picture above. Mr. Lake proudly professes that all shifts contributed to this initiative and remarked that he looks forward to working with the Safe Haven Foundation SXM again.
Executive Director of Safe Haven, Cassandra Richardson, remarked “Domestic violence is truly an icky subject matter that causes much unnecessary emotional pain and societal degradation, but because of awesome community partners and persons with a generous nature who can empathize, acts like these are what instill hope back into community.
Safe Haven would like to send a heartfelt “thank you” to all the committed men and women at the Fire Brigade for their generosity and support.