Gabby Petito Foundation donation helps SafeSpace expand from Martin to Indian River

Article Posted on December 22, 2021

December 22, 2021·3 min read

STUART — A national organization Monday announced its plans to partner with an area nonprofit to combat domestic violence.

The Gabby Petito Foundation donated $15,000 to the Stuart-based nonprofit SafeSpace, which provides domestic violence services and a safe haven to victims and their children seeking refuge from physical and emotional abuse.

SafeSpace, located in Martin County, is the only certified emergency shelter on the Treasure Coast, said board member Thomas Bakkedahl. The donation will go toward opening a new, 19-bed shelter in Indian River County early next year.

"This money that will enable us to serve more victims is going to be just a real godsend," Bakkedahl said. "We're so grateful to Gabby's foundation and her parents for selecting our organization to bestow this award upon."

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