ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – The Center for Hope and Safety hosted its 28th annual family picnic Saturday, June 4.
More than 300 women and children attended this year’s picnic. Current and former clients enjoyed barbecue, music, colorful crafts, giveaways, smiling clowns and ice cream and were treated to a martial arts demonstration provided by DP Martial Arts Academy of Westwood, as well as an African drum demonstration by Yahya Kamate' from Center For Modern Dance.
The event was made possible by the support of community partners like SUEZ, formerly United Water and The Korean Presbyterian Church of NJ from Palisades Park, TD Bank of East Rutherford and Mainetti, among others.
“SUEZ is proud to be able to support organizations such as Center for Hope and Safety. We encourage our employees to volunteer and assist nonprofit groups such as theirs so we can have an impact on the lives of the customers we service and truly make a difference in the community,” said Sonja Clark, director of community relations for SUEZ's New Jersey operations. “We have not only wonderful community partners but additionally had over 65 amazing volunteers in attendance who helped with everything from grilling to face painting.”
“Each year I am overwhelmed by the number of people who roll up their sleeves to ensure our women and children have a fabulous day,” said Gervonn Rice, director of volunteer services for the center.
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco and Teaneck Councilman Henry Pruitt with his wife, Dr. Zita Pruitt, also attended the event.
Since 1976, the Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters) has offered refuge to thousands of women and children by providing a diversified continuum of services that focus on attaining safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency. The agency’s life-saving programs for domestic violence victims in Bergen County include a 24-hour hotline, a confidential emergency shelter, transitional housing, crisis counseling, case management, children’s programming, legal assistance, multicultural outreach, financial literacy and work-readiness training, follow-up services and community education.
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