Met Council Raises Critical Funds for Family Violence Services

MC_050416_026Met Council celebrated its third Ladies Day Out event, benefiting its Family Violence Program. The event raised more than $68,000 in critical funds, which will support access to safe shelter, summer camp scholarships for children, moving expenses, and replacement documents.

“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 CEO 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 the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

With critical support from the New York City Council and private donors, including attendees of Ladies Day Out event, Met Council provided comprehensive services to more than 500 victims of domestic violence in Fiscal Year 2015.

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

“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 thank everyone who attended, shopped, and donated,” said Committee Co-Chair Stacie Schapiro.

Boutiques included Eyewear SPINOZA, Jewel erry, Jodi Rose Originals,Lagoon Linens, Letarte, Linded Design by Marni Gutkin, Marina St. Barth, Maya J, Strands byStacy, SuzyB Jewelry, The Better Collection, The Chintz Giraffe, 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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