Miss Ragan Dennis is an advocate and caseworker for Safe-T. She came on board following the promotion to Supervisor of Mary Ferguson, a long-time caseworker in the Sulphur Springs office. With a college background in psychology and criminal justice, Ragan is a trained professional representing Safe-T during counseling with clients, in support group meetings and awareness presentations, and through a Certified Response Team for Victims. She can help with legal aid and assistance, accompany clients to court dates, and work with them through law enforcement when necessary. Ragan says that Safe-T’s 24-hour hotline is an essential way for persons experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault to reach out for help. Safe shelter, housing and other types of practical assistance are available to clients through the services of Safe-T. The center also offers crisis intervention and anger management courses. Services are free. Since the children of victims are often exposed to an abusive environment in the home, Ragan plans to introduce to Hopkins County schools a program called “Owning Up” for 5th and 6th graders which teaches the value of respectful treatment of others.
What is Safe-T? It stands for Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, and according to it’s mission statement, Safe-T works “to create an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in the communities they serve. Abuse diminishes the full expression of life which is every person’s right”. Safe-T has offices in Mt. Pleasant, Paris and Sulphur Springs and serves victims and survivors of Titus, Camp, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris and Red River Counties. Safe-T is a non-profit organization which operates on federal and state funding and private donations. The Safe-T Crisis Center is located in Sulphur Springs at 613 Gilmer Street. To reach by phone call 903-439-0325.