On October 11, 2013 community leaders convened at the historic Alta Mira House for a hot breakfast and domestic violence awareness presentation by Building Futures with Women and Children, a San Leandro-based nonprofit that operates Sister Me Home Safe House and a full array of services to help survivors of domestic violence live safe from harm.
The breakfast was part of Building Futures’ TALK ABOUT IT initiative, which includes a boulevard banner on East 14th street, a billboard in the Ashland neighborhood, and a wide-ranging postcard campaign.
“It is of vital importance for people to talk about domestic violence,” says Building Futures’ executive Director Liz Varela. “To miss the signs…to ignore them, or to keep it a secret puts the victim at risk of serious harm and sometimes death.”
Mayor Stephen Cassidy and Cherri Allison of the Alameda Family Justice Center spoke at the event. The morning’s offerings also included the debut of a moving and informative video produced by the Alameda County Fire Department. The video can be viewed by visiting http://youtu.be/HpYFvyEYcaU