Met Council Celebrated its First Ladies Day Out

LDO committee 5.14.14Ladies Day Out raised critical funds for Met Council’s Family Violence Department.  Since 1995, Met Council has been a leader in addressing the specific needs of domestic violence victims from Jewish communities.  Our staff acts as a bridge between these communities and the City systems set up to help and protect them.

The Family Violence Department assesses each new client for an array of services available to meet the complex needs of victims, including: safe housing, religious, legal, fiscal, benefits and entitlements, education and jobs. The primary goal of the department is to stabilize the client’s immediate situation by establishing safety for the client and the children and then work toward self-sufficiency and healing.  The funds raised at Ladies Day Out will support, programs such as: access to temporary housing, summer camp scholarships for children, computer training classes, counseling sessions and emergency food packages.

“Family Violence is a horrible crime that victimizes our most vulnerable — and members of New York City’s faith based communities are not immune,” said Met Council’s CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel. “As one of the lead social service providers in the Jewish community across our City, it is the responsibility of Met Council to confront this crisis and speak out on behalf of victims. Our extraordinary staff is specially trained to assist victims of family violence and has expertise with issues specific to New York City’s Jewish and immigrant communities.”

In 2005, Met Council partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence Family Justice Centers, which are now located in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. These centers are one-stop-shops where victims can walk in, meet with a DA, obtain an Order of Protection from the NYPD, work with a social worker, and receive other services — all while having free childcare. Though we receive referrals involving clients of every background, Met Council is proud to be the agency the City turns to for assistance with domestic violence involving members of the Jewish community. Because of our expertise, we have become the City’s unofficial consultant, strengthening our relationship with the NYPD, which in turn helps us to care for our clients.

“The concept for Ladies Day Out started as a way to support Met Council because the agency provides essential services to thousands of families in need,” said Jodie Elyachar, Event Chair.  “From my years at working with the UJA-Federation in Baltimore, I learned a great deal about domestic violence in the Jewish community. Bringing attention to this issue is necessary, and I am grateful that this event benefits Met Council’s Family Violence programs.”

Through Met Council’s Family Violence services, counselors assist survivors to find hope find hope for the future and rebuild their lives.  Last year alone, Met Council provided services to 522 victims of domestic violence and counseled an additional 700 on our hotline (212-453-9618).

The attendees shopped at boutiques, played canasta, mah jongg and social bridge as well as heard an inspiring story of survival from a Met Council client.

Boutiques included: egg by susan lazar, FAYM Accessories, Jodi Rose, Lagoon Linens, Lema J. Shargreeen Cuffs, Lined Design by Marni Gutkin, Paige Gamble, Randi Feder, Romi Belle, The Better Collection, VICXX, and much more.

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