Met Council Raises Critical Funds for Family Violence Services

Michael Priest Photography

Michael Priest Photography

Met Council celebrated its second Ladies Day Out event, benefiting its Family Violence Program. The event raised more than $92,000.00 in critical funds, which will support access to safe shelter, summer camp scholarships for children, computer training classes, counseling sessions and emergency food packages.

“At Met Council, we know that the face of domestic violence is as diverse as our City, and that’s why we work so hard to address clients needs within the context of their cultural norms,” said Met Council’s CEO and Executive Director Alan Schoor. “As one of the leading social service providers in New York City, it is our responsibility to speak out on behalf of the hundreds of family violence victims who come to us each year in search of support.”

Met Council is a leader in addressing the needs of domestic violence victims from religious and immigrant communities.  The Family Violence Department assesses each new client for an array of services available to meet their complex needs.  These services include case management services, individual supportive counseling, emergency financial assistance, information and referrals, legal advocacy, benefits screening and access to kosher food pantries.  The primary goal of the department is to address immediate safety concerns and work towards self-sufficiency and healing. To best assist survivors, Met Council case workers are stationed throughout the City, including at the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

With critical support from the New York City Council and private donors, including attendees of last night’s Ladies Day Out event, Met Council provided comprehensive services to more than 500 victims of domestic violence in Fiscal Year 2014.

“Last year, Ladies Day Out was established to create a new source of funding to support Met Council’s Family Violence Department.  This year, we are so honored to be part of a successful tradition, which we hope continues for years to come.” said Committee Co-Chair Suzi Stadler.

“We were blown away by the critical work Shana and the rest of the Met Council team performs every day.  After hearing stories of the women they help, we were determined to ensure that they can continue to perform their lifesaving work,” said Committee Co-Chair Christine Heller.

“What makes Met Council so special and why we feel so passionately about Ladies Day Out is that Met Council is the only place for many of these women to turn to,” said Committee Co-Chair Heather Heller.

“The staff’s professionalism and warmth, cultural sensitivity and experience working with the City, ensures that the most vulnerable among us can find a safe home.  We are so honored to play a part in supporting Met Council’s Family Violence Department,” said Committee Co-Chair Lesley Heller.

Boutiques included Bazaar à GoGo, Beautycounter by Michelle Nadel, Canasta League of America, Current Home, Eye Candy Jewelry, Groovy Goods – Jewelry Designs by Jennifer Goodman, Jodi Rose Originals, Lagoon Linens, Lined Design by Marni Gutkin, Marina St. Barth, Maya J, Robin, Labb Jewelry, Strands by Stacy, Tanya-B, The Better Collection, Tic Tac Etc., and much more.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact the Family Violence department at 212-453-9618 or family@metcouncil.org.

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