Safr Partners with Harbor House of Central Florida, Providing Safe Transportation For Domestic Violence Survivors

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New Women’s Rideshare Service Partners with Central Florida Nonprofit to Give Free Rides to Survivors of Domestic Violence—to Reach Shelter, Counseling, Legal Services and More

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"Safr is proud to partner with Harbor House of Central Florida to provide free transportation to survivors of domestic violence,” said Syed Gilani, CEO of Safr.

Safr, a new ridesharing service dedicated to the safety and empowerment of women, announced it will be providing complimentary rides starting July 9, 2020 to clients of Harbor House of Central Florida, Orange County's only state-certified domestic violence organization.

“Safr is proud to partner with Harbor House of Central Florida to provide free transportation to survivors of domestic violence,” said Syed Gilani, CEO of Safr. “Eighty-five percent of domestic violence victims today are women, and there are no words to adequately describe the difficulty of these situations. By providing free transportation to Harbor House’s emergency shelter, among its other valuable outreach services, Safr’s hope is that we can alleviate the burden of transportation for these individuals, and assist Harbor House in their mission to help participants. As we emerge from the global pandemic, Safr will soon be open in Central Florida for all to use and benefit. We look forward to bringing the Central Florida community the safest rideshare transportation with a focus on women’s safety and a meaningful global mission.”

Domestic violence survivors may be considered for free transportation via Safr’s fleet of rideshares across Central Florida, pending approval from Harbor House. Domestic violence is more likely to happen between the hours of 6pm and 6am; rideshare services mean safe, private transportation, particularly at night, without the burden of time-consuming public transportation.

“Harbor House’s mission is to empower survivors to take control of their lives,” stated Michelle Sperzel, CEO of Harbor House of Central Florida. “The women and survivors of domestic violence that we serve are rediscovering safety and understanding they deserve better. Many arrive to our emergency shelter with just the clothes on their back and the shoes on their feet. Oftentimes, we also have to arrange to pick them up in a safe, undisclosed location in the middle of the night. By donating rides to survivors, we are able to ensure those in imminent danger arrive to our emergency shelter and the other wrap-around services provided by Harbor House. It takes the burden of potentially getting transportation off of them.”

About Safr
Safr is a new ridesharing service focused on the safety and empowerment of women. Built with the needs of women in mind, Safr aims to improve the lives of women everywhere through safe transportation, job creation, and financial security. Safr’s drivers are personally vetted and undergo comprehensive background checks so that riders can have peace of mind knowing they meet Safr standards. Safr’s multiple in-ride app features aid in the protection of your safe arrival. When you choose to ride with Safr, you’re supporting a like-minded driver and elevating your community by helping to improve greater gender balance, choice, and participation in the ridesharing economy. For more information, please visit http://www.gosafr.com.

About Harbor House of Central Florida
Harbor House is Orange County's only state-certified domestic violence center. It provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, legal advocacy and justice for thousands of domestic violence survivors and their children each year. Harbor House works to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse in Central Florida by providing critical life-saving services to survivors, implementing and advancing best practices, and educating and engaging the community in a united front. For more information, please visit http://www.harborhousefl.com. Follow the organization on social media through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at harborhousefl.

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