SafeSpot Managing Director Heather O’Malley said the money would go directly to children who’ve experienced the tragedy of sexual or severe physical abuse. “One in 10 children will experience abuse before age 18,” she said. “Right here in our backyard, the child-abuse hotline for Fairfax City and County received over 7,000 reported allegations of child abuse last year.”
She said her organization works with various agencies, including Fairfax City police, to accomplish its mission via a public/private partnership. “We provide a safe, friendly location where children can tell their stories and feel heard and supported,” she explained. “We also provide crisis counseling, support and community referrals to the non-offending family members and caregivers so they can offer the best support to the child.”
AFL President Joanna Bonilla discussed her organization, saying its goal is to empower people of all abilities through adaptive fitness and training. “We help them continue their physical progress after their insurance [coverage for physical rehabilitation] runs out. With the donated money, we’ll be able to give scholarships to two people.”
“This gym gives them a place to better themselves, continue giving back to the community and keep moving forward with their own, functional abilities,” [says Devon Palermo, AFL’s founder].