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In 1996, the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, invested $5,000 in the Sylacauga community to create opportunities to strengthen and support its families, its children, and the community as a whole. Over 20 years, the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement, Inc., better known as SAFE, has leveraged millions of dollars to support its work. Its work has impacted in lives changed. 


In the fall of 1995, members of the community of Sylacauga, Alabama embarked upon a journey. Led by Dr. Don Palmer, a renowned pediatrician and child advocate, representatives from across the county began working together to address growing social and economic issues affecting our community. Dr. Don Palmer and Mayor Jesse Cleveland took the helm, bringing together individuals who committed themselves to a shared vision and common agenda that focused on strengthening families and strengthening the community. In 1996, thanks to these dedicated and talented individuals, representing providers and citizens from across Sylacauga and Talladega County, the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement, Inc. (SAFE) was birthed. 


All families have the right to thrive.

Families can be adaptive, solve problems, have a sense of identity, be self sufficient, and maintain a sense of hope for the future; these goals can be accomplished with necessary support and basic resource provision to foster resilient families. We will provide meaningful opportunities for families to contribute to the growth of our community, to serve others, and to promote community cohesion. 

We support families because children from resilient families have the best opportunity to succeed. Our children are our most valuable resource. To invest in our children is to invest in the future. We will demonstrate community attitudes that will teach children to choose a healthy lifestyle.


To achieve a sustained culture of health, wellness and economic stability for the children and families of Talladega County, the region and state. 

  • Children are safe.

  • Children are healthy.

  • Children are successful in school.

  • Children are prepared for life-long learning and the world of work.

  • Families are hopeful and positively engaged in their children's development (0-19). 

  • Families are safe and strong. 

  • Communities are safe, supportive, and engaged.

  • Communities are economically sound.

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