The official name of SAFE-T is the Samoan Association For Education and Training.
SAFE-T is comprised of volunteers. SAFE-T members hold full and part time employment in a variety of occupations from welding motor cycles at Harley Davidson to driving school buses. SAFE-T members work for companies in Independence and the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Some companies include the likes of Hallmark Cards Inc., the U.S. Postal Services, Lake City Munitions, and the Missouri Department of Social Services to name a few. SAFE-T members include former police officers to security guards. Most members received elementary and secondary education from Independence schools. They could very well be your next door neighbor. You’ve probably met SAFE-T members at your child’s grade school activity or at a high school sporting event.
The bond that links SAFE-T members is simply a desire to help their fellow man, to help others less fortunate. To enable the poor and downtrodden, to aid the sick and afflicted. Wrote Emma Lazarus,
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door . . .” Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus” written in 1883 honors the Statue of Liberty.
"Tomatau mo tatou Autalavou"
"A man without knowledge of his
heritage is like a tree without roots."