The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education (“The Center”) was the winner of the 2017 $100,000 Impact Grant for their Lower Fairfield Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) program. After the announcement was made, Ivonne Zucco, Executive Director of the winning non-profit said, “We can’t wait to get started on this program because we have been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time”.Read More
The SAFE program is a coordinated effort between The Center and Greenwich, Stamford and Norwalk Hospitals to provide timely, compassionate and trauma-informed sexual assault forensic exams to victims of sexual violence. For this program, they will train a minimum of 12 nurses, who will later be made available to the three area hospitals. The hospitals will utilize the already existing 24-hour hotline to connect with the program coordinator. If the victim qualifies as a SAFE Kit candidate, the program coordinator will activate the SAFE on-call system and arrange for the arrival of a nurse and advocate to the hospital emergency room. The program will also ensure ongoing training for SAFE nurses, ER personnel and law enforcement.Hide this content
contribution of $1,000 will go to fund the transformational grants to local non-profits that will be awarded in May of the grant year. Impact Fairfield County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity.