The Center’s shelter services are a successful and vital part of their programs, but I felt that the prevention programs were what made the Center stand out from other organizations that provide similar services.

Education is a key aspect to preventing the continuation of the cycle of domestic violence. It is important to teach today’s youth about healthy relationships and respect for others. The RAPP program also offers an opportunity to boost self-esteem among the girls who participate in the program.

Before joining the Board, I had the opportunity to visit one of the Center’s shelters. The shelter was well prepared to meet the needs of women and children who often come to the Center with nothing. I was impressed with the Center’s preparedness to meet the needs of victims who have to start over completely.

The Center not only provides them with emotional support but also provides them with the basic supplies and necessities (food, clothing, toiletries, etc) to begin this recovery phase in their lives.

Emily Quevedo Hira, Board Member