Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (fondly referred to as S.O.F.I.A.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides advocacy, supportive, financial services and referrals for temporary housing to “at risk” women and children of domestic violence. Our mission is to help each of our domestic violence victim and survivor clients become self-sufficient, positive and successful.
The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial resources to break free. Financial abuse affects both women and the children they love and care for and 1 in 4 women report experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes. Domestic violence and financial abuse often go hand-in-hand, but 8 in 10 Americans have not heard about financial abuse as a form of domestic violence.
Our free programs and workshops help women learn the tools they need to claim their financial independence after leaving an abusive relationship. S.O.F.I.A. takes it a step further by offering free programs to children and teens. This fundraiser will help fund our programs specifically geared towards children and teens. Money raised will benefit our Safe Dating Workshops, and our Love is Respect materials.
Your donation to S.O.F.I.A. can help us bring in more facilitators to educate women in our community on career and life skills or allow more children to attend our Superhero Workshops.
The financial empowerment workshop facilitated by Gioya McCrae helped me realize how important it is for me to save and save wisely so that I can be more independent in my life financially, emotionally, and physically. The information, tools, and resources given will allow me to be able to create financial success and stability not only for myself, but for my 3 children also. I enjoyed the workshop and learned a lot from it.
YOUR DONATION COUNTS:
$700.00 will provide scholarships to children that have lost parents to Domestic Violence.
$500.00 will provide a refrigerator, beds, and food for the families after leaving the Safe Houses.
$250.00 will provide Domestic Violence prevention and awareness presentations for community members.
$100.00 will provide toiletries and restocking of supplies for a family who may have nothing at all.
$50.00 will provide Thanksgiving Baskets and Christmas Toys to Domestic Violence families.
S.O.F.I.A.'s focus is to create social change, thus leading to the eradication of domestic violence.
Thank you for your support and please give whatever you can!
Cynthia Walker and the S.O.F.I.A. Team
P.O. Box 674
Montclair, New Jersey 07042
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