Kaylyn Risker named TPE Hero of the Month June 2012

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By Deborah Culp

She was at fork in the road, not knowing where her life would lead her and her children, but knowing something had to change. Kalyn Risker not only chose the right path for herself and her children to escape the daily abuse she faced, but the path she chose is now road to safety and a new life for many women in the same situation with the formation of her foundation known as SAFE or Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment.

TPEPost.com Publisher, Trish Brown, announced that Kalyn is the June 2012 TPE Hero of the Month.

“I am so proud of SAFE and that within six years developed into an organization that is being recognized on a national and now global level for its track record of effectively helping survivors of domestic violence to be free from abuse while obtaining the skills and resources they need to obtain a new job, return to school and become entrepreneurs,” said Kalyn Risker.

On Friday, May 18th, Kaylyn and the SAFE organization, board members, sponsors and general supporters will attend their 6th Annual Event Appreciation &Fundraiser. Upon briefly speaking to Ms. Risker, one could hear the sheer joy and gratitude in her voice.  “Although we are in our 6th year, we still have a long ways to go,” says Kaylyn.  She also indicated that she is very appreciative and most humbled by being the TPEpost June 2012, Hero Award recipient.

Normally when one hears the word “safe”, being safe, playing it safe or any component of safety may come to mind.  But in this case the word safe is actually an acronym for: Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) The nonprofit organization extends a hand to women from all walks off life, which are in a domestic violence situation, seeking to get out of it safely (no pun intended). Sometimes this alone is not enough for that woman to get back on her feet or to get a whole new start. Among the services that SAFE provides are: pre-employment training, resume creation, job seeking techniques, interviewing skills and more. Kaylyn Risker, Founder/Executive Director is a spectacular human being who really cares about the SAFE organization and the people which she serves. A graduate of the distinguished Crockett Technical high School in Detroit; she holds a BBA in Human Resource Management from Davenport University, a MSA in Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University. Ms. Risker is also the CEO of Kaylynrisker.com.

“I met Kaylyn a year ago at the SAFE event and listened to some of the most inspiring stories you will ever hear,” said Trish Brown, publisher of TPEPost.com, “The auditorium was full and there was not a soul there who could claim they had not been moved by the way she helped these women turn their lives around, and more importantly, she gave them hope.”

Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) services are free of charge to victims of domestic violence.

Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) assists survivors of domestic violence through specialized training focused on gaining or building the skills needed to reenter the workforce, obtain higher paying positions and manage their finances through a network of shelters and domestic violence agencies and public access locations. SAFE’s training equips survivors of domestic violence with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to end the cycle of economic abuse, while maintaining their personal safety.

The fundamental strategy of SAFE is to provide services that encourage women to be economically empowered to start their new life violence free.

The SAFE organization is dedicated to the financial empowerment of victims of domestic violence by providing training, workshops and resources to equip program participants with the tools necessary to become self-sufficient. The organization’s success is a direct result of the hard work and commitment of its volunteers and supporters. Since its inception SAFE has assisted over 620 victims of domestic violence and this event will serve as an opportunity to celebrate the growth of the organization and the strides it has made in the community. SAFE’s 6th Annual Appreciation Event Fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.at the beautiful Detroit Historical Museum with a special Afterglow event at the Detroit Seafood-Market/PV Lounge from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets are $35 for the Appreciation Event, $15 for the Afterglow or $45 for both events.

For tickets visit newsafestart.org or for additional information, contact Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) at 800-757-4919 ext. 5 or online: www.newsafestart.org

Deborah A. Culp (TPEPost.com Contributing Writer)

About Deborah A. Culp (TPEPost.com Contributing Writer)

Deborah A. Culp is a Freelance Journalist & Consultant with over 20 years of hard earned experience in the business. This includes Print & Broadcast Media. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she now lives in Wilmington, NC. She is a Correspondent to Divine Caroline, TPEPost News, The History of Jazz Music, and For ColoredGurls and formerly with the Wilmington Star News Online. Deborah recently became the Parent & Family Expert for the Examiner.com, Wilmington/Fayetteville, and NC. Still operating as a Freelance Writer/Photographer. She is working on her first book; “Then there was laughter” and has a few business endeavor irons in the fire. She is a staunch volunteer and loves her family & friends.