March 2022 E-Newsletter


Exciting Grant Opportunities to Enhance Services at A Safe Place!

A Safe Place was the recipient of a 2022 State Covid Relief Grant in the amount of $19,781.75 provided by the Nantucket Fund for Emergency Relief through the Community Foundation for Nantucket. The grant is being used to address food insecurity with clients who have experienced Covid related hardships with no, or very limited, access to sources of economic relief since the pandemic hit. A Safe Place primarily serves populations with low incomes and for many of these individuals the economic hardships have been exacerbated by the pandemic. This grant will be used to provide Stop & Shop food cards and warm meals in collaboration with the local restaurant, The Beet. Thank you to the Nantucket Fund for Emergency Relief for helping to feed our families in need!
A Safe Place was also the recipient of a competitive Covid Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors’ Safety Trust Fund Grant through the Department of Public Health and, as a result, was awarded $67,385. The funds will be used to enhance services with a special focus on serving BIPOC, low-income, and LBGTQIA survivors by hiring a housing search coordinator and providing housing assistance funding for survivors. A Safe Place is excited to expand its housing assistance services and is thankful to the Department of Public Health for giving us this opportunity! 
PFLAG On Nantucket   A Safe Place joined with NAMI, the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House and Health Imperatives to bring members of PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Cape Cod to the island on Tuesday, February 22. Dirk Correria, a trans man, and Susan Smith, the mother of a trans man, spoke with students at Nantucket New School and the Nantucket High School (NHS), as well as with NHS faculty. They also spoke at the Nantucket Atheneum for a community information session. A Safe Place and the other sponsor organizations make efforts to provide opportunities for open and supportive discussions for members of the LGBTQ+ community as well as for parents and family members, and for those who want to be better allies. A Safe Place staff strives to provide a safe environment for all people, no matter their gender identity. We hope to show our openness and support for the LGBTQ+ community by bringing well-informed and thoughtful speakers such as Dirk and Susan to the island. We are always open to feedback and questions.

White Ribbon Campaign

It’s the 15th anniversary of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day founded by Jane Doe, Inc. The wearing of the white ribbon stands for never taking part in, condoning or staying silent about violence against women. 

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promoting gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. Since its inception, White Ribbon Campaign initiatives have been organized in over 60 countries around the world. Among its many calls to action, White Ribbon asks men to wear white ribbons as a sign of their pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about all forms of gender-based violence. 

Here on Nantucket we have asked William Pittman, the Chief of Police and his fellow officers along with Stephen Murphy, the Fire Chief and his men and Sheriff Jim Perelman to sign the pledge. 

The key root causes of violence include beliefs and behaviors reflecting disrespect for women, low support for gender equality and adherence to rigid or stereotypical gender roles, relations and identities. There is no single cause for violence against women.  Accepting the status quo is the biggest barrier to change. People who do not believe men and women are equal are more likely to condone, tolerate or excuse violence against women.  Change can happen when violence against women is addressed. As public health issues, we all have a role to play in ending and preventing intimate partner abuse and all forms of gender-based violence. The 14 women and 1 man killed in MA in 2021 were more than the circumstances of their death. May we remember them as we pledge together Not One More!

Book Club   It’s not too late to sign up! Join A Safe Place Advocates Kathy and Suzanne for this month’s Non-Profit Book Club meeting. As a special treat, Monique Faison Ross, author of Playing Dead, will be joining the discussion. You don’t want to miss this!   Join A Safe Place and Nantucket Book Clubs as we read and discuss Playing Dead. Book discussion will be held Tuesday, March 8 from 4:30PM – 5:30PM at the Nantucket Atheneum.   Save 10% on this book club pick with coupon code ACKBOOKCLUB here    Check out the event page on Facebook here and invite a friend. We hope to see you there!

  Job openings at A Safe Place

  A Safe Place is seeking a year-round Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Housing Search Coordinator/Advocate. Will consider full or part time with flexible hours for the right person. Position requires case management and advocacy services for survivors and their non-offending family members with a special focus on housing advocacy. A Safe Place is committed to building a diverse and inclusive work environment and is most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and for the organization. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that is okay. We encourage all to apply. Send Cover Letter and Resume to Jennifer Frazee at   A Safe Place is seeking a year-round, part time (5-7 hours/week) Child Witness to Violence Counselor to provide counseling and support to children who have experienced/witnessed family violence and their non-offending parent or guardian. Master’s degree in social work, counseling or related field and current state licensure in either social work or mental health is required. Must be comfortable working with children exposed to violence and abuse. Flexible hours to meet applicants needs as well as the needs of survivors of family violence. Perfect for applicants who are looking for mothers’ hours or to work a few hours in the evening and/or on the weekends. Send Cover Letter and Resume to Jennifer Frazee at   A Safe Place is seeking a year-round, part time (7-10 hrs/week) Trauma Therapist to provide counseling and support to adult survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Master’s degree in social work, counseling or related field and current state licensure in either social work or mental health is required. Must be comfortable with trauma informed practices. Flexible hours available. Ideal for someone looking for mother’s hours or to work a few hours in the evening and/or on the weekends. Please send Cover Letter and Resume to Jennifer Frazee at

In need of support? Have questions about our services? Don’t forget our Live Chat feature on our website is available Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Chat with an A Safe Place Advocate and let us help you. 

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5B Windy Way
Nantucket, MA 02554

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