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Rochelle Park Shelter Joins Fundraising Competition

From left, Executive Director Elaine Meyerson with her staff dressed in purple during last year's Domestic Violence Awareness Month events.
From left, Executive Director Elaine Meyerson with her staff dressed in purple during last year's Domestic Violence Awareness Month events. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

ROCHELLE PARK, NJ -- The Center for Hope and Safety will pair with Dan Corsaro of the Fort Lee Allstate office for the insurance company's Purple Purse Challenge through Oct. 27, raising funds and awareness for domestic violence victims.

This is the first time that the center was chosen to compete against 160 other non-profit organizations that will host their own fundraisers and earn weekly prizes.More significantly, they will vie for one one of the top five monetary donations distributed at the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Center For Hope And Safety offers a diversified array of services, including emergency shelter and transitional housing for domestic violence victims.

"With domestic violence, a lot of people feel embarrassed. It's not something you talk about at cocktail parties. It's not like cancer," said Jean Kirsch, the director's director of development. "We have a goal of raising $75,000, but we'd love to earn the $100,000.

"There's so much we can do with that money. We get phone calls from men who are being abused," she added. "Even on the preteen dating level, we have it here in Bergen County."

Kirsch noted that one in four women experience "the silent disease," with many suffering not only physical but mental and financial abuse. According to Kirsch, four homicides in Bergen County from January through mid-August were attributed to domestic violence.

"A lot of people think that it only happens to certain economic levels and races and that's not true," she said. "It happens everywhere no matter how much money you have, no matter where you live or what culture you are."

MORE INFO: www.crowdrise.com/CenterForHopeAndSafety

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