Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services has officially changed its name to Our Safe Place.
To commemorate the new name, a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at 103 W. Monroe.
An emotional Janelle Williams, addressed the crowd after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
"My heart swells with pride for the support we have been given from the community," Williams said. Williams thanked her staff and volunteers for all the help they provide for domestic abuse victims.
She went on to say that Our Safe Place is for everyone. The acronym for Safe is Stop Abuse For Everyone. "The new name better defines our niche in the community," said Williams. She went on to say a crisis has different meanings and they focus on abuse.
For years the name Audrain County was in the name of the group, but they serve more than Audrain County. "We serve six counties including Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Monroe, Montgomery and Randolph," said Williams, stating the new name reflects all the victims they help, just not those in Audrain County. "Our vision is to stop abuse for everyone," Williams said.
Attending the celebration was Missouri Secretary Jay Ashcroft, who has been a partner with Safe at Home for 15 years.
Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program which provides survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, human trafficking and stalking a substitute mailing address through the secretary of state’s office.
Ashcroft said if domestic violence victims can give a substitute address, they don't have to live in fear and their children can feel safe.
Ashcroft has high praise for Williams and her staff. "They meet the needs for people who have nowhere else to go," he said. It is a labor of love," Ashcroft said. "I am thrilled with what you have done here," he added. "It is wonderful and tragic that you serve six counties."
After Ashcroft addressed the crowd, Williams invited everyone attending to take a tour of the facility and to enjoy the refreshments. Williams was overwhelmed with the turnout at the ceremony. "I was ecstatic with the turnout," she said. There were approximately 80 people attending the event.