It’s that time again! We’re happy to announce that we have partnered with Safe Connections during the months of February and March for our Margs for a Mission™ Mondays.Safe Connections LogoEach Monday, The Hacienda Foundation of St. Louis donates $1 from every margarita sale and $5 from every margarita pitcher sale directly to our partner charities. Starting February 12, these donations will be going to Safe Connections. All the money raised will fund programs and services that the organization provides to help prevent and end domestic and sexual violence within St. Louis.

Formed in 1976, Safe Connections is a local non-profit organization that’s dedicated to reducing the impact and incidence of relationship violence and sexual assault through education, counseling, crisis intervention, and support services. Beginning as a grassroots domestic violence crisis hotline, Safe Connections quickly realized that abuse victims needed counseling services to care for their needs and help them heal. Through their own research in 1988, the organization discovered how to help break the cycle of violence: reaching out to youth. Since then, they developed and introduced a violence prevention curriculum called Project HART (Healthy Alternatives for Relationships among Teens), which is included in schools across the metropolitan region.

Today and always, Safe Connections offers hope for those who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence in their lives. Their Crisis Helpline is always available 24/7/365, and a real, caring human being is always on the other line to help callers. They also provide education, crisis intervention, and counseling, which positively impact families and the St. Louis community at large. It isn’t unusual to see their educators visiting local schools and colleges and sharing skills for keeping relationships free from control and abuse as well.

Because of their best practice standards covering governance, human resources, financial management, and program services, Safe Connections is the only domestic violence and sexual assault counseling and prevention agency in St. Louis to be accredited by the Council on Accreditation. They are also a member of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance and uphold a top rating with the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Additionally, they have received countless awards and recognitions, including the Better Business Bureau TORCH Award, Charity Navigator 4 Star Rating, and many others.

In total, Safe Connections helps between 15,000 and 20,000 people in our community each year. “By far, the most gratifying thing that we do is helping survivors rebuild and reclaim their lives after abuse,” said Dani Smith, Events and Communications Manager for Safe Connections.” We are so excited to be partnering with The Hacienda Foundation for Margs for a Mission!”

Be sure to stop by Hacienda to enjoy a margarita or two with your family and friends to support this worthy cause. Remember, all funds raised will go directly to Safe Connections! Learn more about this great organization by visiting www.safeconnections.org.

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