Sen. Wieckowski to honor Women of the Year for State Senate District 10

Domestic violence prevention executive director and co-founder of Lincoln High donation pantry will be recognized

April 27, 2016

Fremont – The executive director of SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) and the co-founder of the Spirit of Giving Donation Pantry at Lincoln High School in San Jose are the Women of the Year in Senate District 10, Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) announced today. 


WHO:           Senator Wieckowski, Dr. Yassi Safinya-Davies (SAVE), Kelly Phillips (Lincoln High)

WHAT:          “Women of the Year” Awards

WHERE:       Senator Wieckowski’s district office, 39510 Paseo Padre Parkway, Suite 280, Fremont

WHEN:          5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016


“These are two phenomenal women who devote their time to helping people who are escaping violence or going without basic resources,” Wieckowski said. “They are providing assistance when it is most needed to families in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties.”

Before becoming executive director, Dr. Safinya-Davies directed SAVE’s Youth Program to address teen dating violence prevention and awareness.  She also directed the organization’s counseling and trainee/intern program.  Her professional focus is on issues concerning women, the impact of trauma, and severe-chronic psychological conditions. 

Phillips, who also serves as the activities director at Lincoln High, helped turn Lincoln’s Spirit of Giving donation drive into a year-round donation pantry for underprivileged students. Phillips had heard about a similar pantry in North Carolina.

Lincoln has a large number of students from low-income families, but the pantry is for any student in need.  A student can go to the pantry and receive a toothbrush, gift card or other items for free. 

Senator Wieckowski’s 10th Senate District stretches from southern Alameda County to northeast Santa Clara County.