The Board of Directors of San Francisco SafeHouse and the San Francisco Network Ministries Housing Corporation has appointed Jessica Li to the position of Executive Director.
“Jessica’s global experience with advocating against sex trafficking and her leadership in developing programs for survivors of domestic violence will strengthen the community of resources for women in the Bay Area,” said Board President Ada Chan.
As Executive Director of San Francisco SafeHouse, Li will head a 17-year-old non-profit organization that has provided more than 300 homeless women with temporary housing away from the violent life of the street: prostitution, addiction, trauma and abuse.
Li brings eight years of global experience working on violence against women issues. She was most recently Executive Director of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project in Washington, D.C., where she worked closely with law enforcement, service providers, government official and community leaders to provide training, outreach, technical assistance ensuring that the voices of domestic violence survivors are not silenced. She has also served as the Public Outreach Officer with the United Nations Mission in Sudan and worked with the International Rescue Committee, advocating on behalf of internally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international relations from Syracuse University in New York and a Master’s of Public Administration degree with concentration in human rights and social justice from Cornell University.
Li succeeds the Rev. Glenda Hope, the organization’s founding Executive Director who is known throughout San Francisco as a community champion of the homeless and activist for the rights of women in poverty. Hope will chair a new Advisory Council for SafeHouse as she activates other projects such as an aging-in-place network in the Outer Mission where she lives.
San Francisco SafeHouse is one of only six residential programs in the country entirely devoted to supporting women in leaving the traumatization of prostitution. At SafeHouse, 10 women at a time are in a safe, sober and confidential location for an 18-month transitional housing program where they receive comprehensive recovery services including individual and group therapy, substance abuse treatment, medical and dental care, nutrition and fitness training, vocational guidance and paid internships, money management, and computer literacy skills. While at SafeHouse, the women develop healthy eating habits and responsible behaviors in a supportive environment to prepare them for independent living including returning to school and finding a job and affordable housing.
Major support for the San Francisco Network Ministries Housing Corporation and San Francisco SafeHouse comes from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Human Services Agency of San Francisco, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department, Customs Brokers and Forwarders of Northern California, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Valley Presbyterian Church, and private individual donors.
The SafeHouse Board of Directors thanks everyone who contributed to our Jan. 29 "Art, Wine & Cheese" event at Chloe Gallery, which raised more than $14,000 for SafeHouse.
See our event photo album.
Board photo (L to R): Event Co-Chair Gail Kennedy, Secretary Jim Fagler, Betsy Dodd, Event Co-Chair Carola Shepard, President Ada Chan, Doreen Der-McLeod, Clinical Manager Sarah Blaszczak, Treasurer Barry Hermanson.
The 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament by the Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of Northern California and the San Francisco Air Cargo Association generated a record breaking $20,200 in donations for San Francisco SafeHouse this year. CBFANC President Debbie Edwards (right) and Vice President Colin McCarthy (left) presented the check to SafeHouse Interim Executive Director Janice Lee and Founder Glenda Hope this month.
This year's event was held Oct. 8 at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame. From 2009 to 2013, event proceeds totaling $63,000 were donated to SafeHouse.
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