Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday. You can take the kids to see Santa Claus this Saturday to Cone Jewelers in Odessa, 3916 E 42nd St. Santa will be at Cone Jewelers from 12 pm - 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public. You will be to enjoy cookies, cocoa, and coffee. Dress the family up and come out and take your family Christmas pictures with Santa.

Santa will also be collecting new and unwrapped toys to be given to children here in the Permian Basin. The toys will benefit Safe Place and the Crisis Center of West Texas.

Safe Place of the Permian Basin offers the following services:

Survivors of intimate partner or family violence often need help solving many different kinds of problems. Safe Place has services that can help you overcome the effects of abuse and build a new life for yourself and your children.  Call the Safe Place hotline for more information and to make an appointment with an advocate or counselor.

24-hour Hotline – Answered 365 days a year, the hotline is your first source for help and information. Trained advocates answer questions about domestic violence, approve victims for shelter, make appointments with advocates and counselors, and refer callers to community services.

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Shelter – Safe Place provides secure and confidential emergency shelter for victims and their children. Emergency transportation is available within the 15-county service area. Meals, clothing, hygiene items, and baby supplies are provided to residents. Residents can access individual counseling services, personal and legal advocacy services, and support groups.

Legal & Personal Advocacy – Trained advocates offer support throughout legal and court procedures. Advocates help victims apply for protective orders and develop personal safety plans. Clients receive referrals to community services that can help with housing, employment, and education.

Counseling – Individual counseling and support groups help victims understand their feelings and the dynamics of abusive relationships. Through counseling and support groups, clients gain the tools that help them overcome the effects of abuse and determine their best choices for an abuse-free future.

Children’s Program – The children’s program provides children with a positive, loving environment that encourages them to explore their feelings and develop healthy family relationships. Children can participate in individual and group activities that are tailored to their needs.