OSWEGO, NY – In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, employees from the Oswego County Department of Social Services dressed in purple on October 19 for National Wear Purple Day to raise awareness of domestic violence and support the efforts of Oswego County Opportunities Services to Aid Families program.
DSS employees put on their purple and were able to wear jeans to work by making a donation to the SAF Program.
Staff at DSS raised $200.
“We were happy to support SAF,” said DSS Senior Social Welfare Examiner Stephanie Hoxie. “We work closely with SAF staff members to meet the basic needs of their clients, from assistance with finding housing to job readiness and obtaining personal documents. We love the work that SAF does.”
The OCO Services to Aid Families program is the domestic violence and rape crisis program that serves Oswego County.
The goal of SAF is to raise awareness of the epidemic of domestic and sexual violence and to educate individuals on the impact of violence and abuse in our communities.
SAF has provided crisis, supportive, advocacy and educational services throughout Oswego County for more than 30 years.
“It takes a coordinated effort by all corners of the community – law enforcement, advocates, schools, and social service workers – to combat domestic violence,” said SAF Victim Services Program Manager Jackie Guglielmo. “We’re very thankful to have the support of staff at DSS and to collaborate with them so we can better serve victims and survivors in our community.”
Guglielmo also said the money donated to SAF will be used to help clients pay for process servers, documentation, such as birth certificates and for emergent needs that come up.
If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence or stalking, call the Crisis Hotline at (315) 342-1600.
The hotline is available 24 hours a day and is free and confidential.
OCO, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.
A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.