The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) recently awarded a $9,000 grant to Safe Harbor for Women (SHFW), an organization that brings public awareness to domestic abuse and cruelty. With this grant, SHFW was able to support two organizations—Turning Point (Macomb County) and HAVEN (Oakland County)—that focus on providing care for women who are victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The money was raised through the first annual 100 Arab American Woman Who Care event, where dozens of philanthropic women donated $100 each and pooled their money together to make a larger impact to a cause that mattered to them. Each attendee nominated a charity of their choice, with three of the charities being selected at random and subsequently voted on by all those attending. Through this process one organization, SHFW, received the $9,000 grant award.

CAAP staff had the opportunity to visit both Turning Point and HAVEN, and a brief description about their work follows.

Turning Point: Founded more than 30 years ago, Turning Point provides many free services that provide a safe and supportive environment for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Some of these services include a children’s program, counseling, hospital and court advocacy, an education and prevention program, and various support groups.

A mural of inspiring messages written by the women who have been helped by Turning Point
Photo credit: Dillon Odeh, CAAP

Just last year, Turning Point revealed their new facility that opened following a capital campaign to raise money for its construction. The new facility has 13 rooms with 50 beds to house victims seeking protection. It boasts a family-focused living environment, helping the women and children who reside there to live comfortably.

This month Turning Point will be hosting its annual “Tara Grant Walk & Run” to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and to also provide support for victims. If you are interested in taking part, learn more here.

HAVEN: Like Turning Point, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. HAVEN’s mission is to help end domestic violence and sexual assault and empower survivors through advocacy and social change.

Photo credit: HAVEN 

In June, HAVEN held its inaugural gala to honor its long history of serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Additionally, the gala was used as a kick-off for the next chapter in HAVEN’s history by celebrating the ongoing construction of a new facility.

HAVEN will host a tailgate party in October prior to the Detroit Lions’ football game versus the Minnesota Vikings to raise money to continue its work and advocate for awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. If you are interested in attending, register here.

CAAP is proud to support HAVEN and Turning Point through the generosity of 100 Arab American Women Who Care, and is grateful for the time and care of both organizations in hosting us at their respective locations. Stay tuned for the announcement of our next 100 Women event in Metro Detroit!

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