Domestic violence organization on the verge of closing
An organization that helps victims of domestic violence is in a race against time for its own survival.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An organization that helps victims of domestic violence is in a race against time for its own survival.
Unless it receives financial help fast, Safe Faith United will have to close its doors in a matter of days.
The organization's director Rebeca Ferreira struggled to fight back tears when speaking about the possible closure. The organization she founded five years ago to support domestic violence victims is short on funds.
"If we don't have a generous donor to donate the money that we need to keep our doors open, we might not be here," said Ferreira.
She made the announcement on Tuesday while surrounded by domestic violence victims including Francisca Torres whose husband broke her jaw and Tejuana Reeves, whose daughter Jade Morris was murdered.
Victoria Silva was also on hand. Her boyfriend chewed off her lip and Safe Faith helped her get reconstructive surgery, "Even when you are out of everything, even when you survived the worst, Safe Faith United is still there."
Ferreira said Nevada has the highest number of domestic violence homicides. Her non-profit alone has helped more than 1,000 victims.
But previous donations have dried up, grants have been denied and bills are unpaid. As a last resort, she has asked victims for a $40 donation.
Ferreira said $5,000 a month would help keep Safe Faith afloat. But for now, all she has is her faith.
"All she needs is a little support to keep going. Without her, a lot of people would be lost," said Reeves.
Ferreira said July 1 might be her last day; that's when rent is due but they don't have the money to pay for it.
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