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Support organization changes name, but still offers relief to victims of abuse

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

For years, United Family Services has played a critical role in helping people in need, but the organization has changed its name to Safe Alliance and redefined its focus.

Phil Kline is the organizations president and Chief Executive Officer.

"Our mission providing hope and healing to people in crisis," he said.

Changing the name from United Family Services to Safe Alliance is a major re-branding effort, but perhaps the greatest gift was delivered by one the organization's board members.

Tana Greene  knows hardship.

"The name Safe Alliance is the perfect name for the organization, because the number one thing you seek is safety," she said. "I know this because, I'm a survivor. It's hard for me sometimes."

The new focus is on domestic violence, rape, and child abuse, but it was Greene who offered a stunning and personal testimonial.

"I was dropped in the front of my parent's house with the a busted lip and a baby in a carrier," she recalled.

Relief is now on the way for women who have endured similar circumstances.

Final touches are being put on the Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter along West Boulevard.

The 80 bed facility is in Lawana Mayfield's city council district.

"These are things that make for a stronger community and help for people to be safer, she said.

Safety according to Tana Greene comes by making the community aware.

 "It's alarming that one in four will experience domestic violence in their lifetime."

Reducing those numbers is the goal of an organization with a brand new name.

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