SAFE Purchases Phones With Scarpaci Foundation Help

Liz Heinzmann (left), Trust Officer at The First National Bank, presents one of the new phones purchased with funding from the Scarpaci Foundation to Mary Harrington, SAFE executive director.

SAFE, a crisis based center for sexual assault victims, recently received funding from the Scarpaci Foundation to purchase a new phone system. Serving nine counties including Fayette and Bond, SAFE operates a hot line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They have served nearly 400 victims in 2015 with therapy, medical assistance and legal advocacy. The new phone system has caller ID which, according to Mary Harrington, SAFE executive director, “will help protect victims in a crisis.”

Harrington explained, “Everyone on the SAFE team brings different talents to the table and we make every effort to utilize those talents to serve our nine counties. I am reminded daily of the fantastic team we have developed here at SAFE. All of this could not happen without our phone system. Thanks to the grant money we received from the Scarpaci Foundation we can further assist our clients.”

Created in 1989, the Scarpaci Foundation is named for Joe and Elwena Scarpaci, who were active members in the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, and local civic organizations. Foundation funds are distributed through the Trust Department at The First National Bank. Liz Heinzmann, Trust Officer at The First National Bank, commented, “The goal of all of our Foundations is to help the greatest number and diversity of people possible. We are pleased to be able to help SAFE clients through the funding of the phone system.”