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Awards & Honors

April 2012
SAFEHOME named winner of the 2012 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Award by Support Kansas City
SAFEHOME won the award for an agency with a budget of more than $1 million. This award is distinctive because it honors agencies for their strong fiscal management and sound strategic focus.


February 2012
Sharon Katz Named Advocate of the Year
Sharon Katz, who recently retired after 20 years as SAFEHOME’s Executive Director, received the Juliene Maska Advocate of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) during its ninth annual Safe Homes, Safe Streets reception in Topeka on February 8, 2012. “Sharon is an incredible asset to the work in Kansas,” said Joyce Grover, KCSDV Executive Director.  “We are so fortunate to have her as a colleague.”

Since taking the helm of SAFEHOME, Sharon has expanded services, increased revenue and raised the agency’s standing as a respected and valuable part of the community. Under Sharon’s twenty years of leadership, SAFEHOME has seen tremendous growth in services, moving from simply providing emergency shelter to offering a spectrum of professional supportive services including education and prevention; counseling; a unique and effective transitional housing program; a staff attorney; on-site district court program; and healthcare advocacy – services that now serve 6,900 people per year.

“It is difficult to describe a person whose life and passion embodies the meaning of the words pioneer, visionary, dedication, inspiration and champion for victims of domestic violence,” said Don Curtis, president of the SAFEHOME Board of Directors.

“We at SAFEHOME, as well as throughout the state of Kansas, owe Sharon Katz a huge debt of gratitude for daring to commit herself to helping victims of domestic violence and dedicating her life to this cause,” said SAFEHOME Associate Director Janee’ M. Hanzlick.


December 2011
SAFEHOME awarded with a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
According to their website, a Four Star Charity “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.”

Charity Navigator is America’s premier charity evaluator and highlights the fine work of efficient, ethical and open charities. The goal of Charity Navigator is to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.


April 2011 
“The Outrage” was performed at The National Summit on Gender-Based Violence Among Young People in Arlington, Va.
The summit was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of the Vice President.

April 2010
The Safe States Alliance honored “The Outrage” with their Innovative Initiative of the Year Award.
This national award recognizes a unique and creative program that has the potential to substantially decrease injuries and violence in the communities that it serves.