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Domestic Violence Nonprofit Faces Closure

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LAS VEGAS -- A domestic violence nonprofit organization that helps rescue women from violent relationships, is now itself in need of saving.

Safe Faith United might have to shut its doors July 1 because of a lack of funding.

In five years, the organization has helped over 1,000 domestic violence victims in some way.

Safe Faith United founder Rebeca Ferreira stood heartbroken Tuesday at the organization's offices at 1850 E. Sahara Ave., surrounded by several survivors, including the mother of Jade Morris, the 10-year-old girl stabbed to death. Francisca Torres was also there. She said her husband threw her from the third floor, breaking her jaw, after she said he sexually assaulted her three young grandchildren.

She pleaded for help, knowing how women are still suffering in silence.

"We don't want to close the doors from Safe Faith United, because too many victims came here, too many victims need help," Torres said.

Torres said Safe Faith United saved her home and her life.

The nonprofit's services include counseling for victims and legislation advocacy. It also organizes vigils, walks and fundraisers for victims and pay utility bills for victims so severely traumatized, they're unable to work.

Ferreira said the domestic violence hotline will be cut off for failure to pay, and July 1, when rent is due, the organization might be forced to close.

It takes $5,000 a month to operate, Ferreira said, and she's praying a generous donor opens their heart.

In the five years Safe Faith has existed, it has helped more than 1,000 victims of domestic violence.

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