A local domestic violence organization is in need of donations. According to the nonprofit's founder, Rebeca Ferreira, Safe Faith United has run out of money.
Ferreria said they will be forced to close their doors if they can't get the financial support they desperately need from the community. Safe Faith United opened in 2008 and has helped more than 1,000 victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence homicide. The organization connects victims and their families with things like support groups, academic assistance and self defense training.
Some of their highest profile cases included machete attack victim Maria Gomez, who had bother her hands cut off by her ex-boyfriend, and Victoria Silva, the woman who lost her lips after her ex-boyfriend bit them off.
The organization previously ran on donations from private donors, but has experienced a drop in funding because of the poor economy. Now desperate to continue their mission, the organization is asking for a $40 donation in exchange for their services.
Victims who cannot make a donation, will not be denied service. Ferreira said the money will go towards creating a budget, hiring a full-time staff and helping victims.
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