BENEFITING: Retreat, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Retreat, Inc.
I've worked at The Retreat since 2012, first as a legal advocate, now as a counselor. As an advocate, I supported clients as they sought immediate safety through the legal system and I was lucky enough to see the amazing power that simply hearing, believing, and saying "I can help you" can have. As a counselor, I help clients work through the huge and lingering effects of everything they've been through and I'm lucky enough to see their strength, drive, and desire to grow.
Each day, I'm astounded by my clients and by the wonderful people I share this work with. We are the only domestic violence agency on the East End, and my colleagues are skilled, caring, and tirelessly dedicated to The Retreat’s mission to end the cycle of family violence.
Retreat, Inc. wrote -
For 27 years, The Retreat has been providing domestic violence services and education to families on the East End of Long Island. Programs include a residential shelter for women and children, a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy for all victims of domestic violence, programs to engage troubled fathers and other men who may be at-risk of committing family violence, and an in-school violence prevention education program taught in local area schools. All services are provided free of charge.
The Retreat’s 2013 Statistics at a Glance
- The Shelter served 58 women and 59 children.
- Provided 4,006 counseling services to 449 clients, including children.
- Provided 619 legal accompaniment services to 160 clients.
- Provided 5,901 services of information, referrals, and personal advocacy to 437 clients.
- Provided support, information, and referrals to 2,960 hotline callers.
- Received 2,591 police reports and sent letters to all identified victims of abuse offering support and services.
- Reached 2,825 students with Retreat’s in-school violence prevention education programs. Educators provided a total of 131 sessions to the local schools.
- Provided community education to 2,341 individuals.
- Assessed and educated 78 batterers to take responsibility for their abusive behavior and learn new strategies to cope with relationship issues.
- 211 generous volunteers donated their time and energy to our mission.
- The Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative Program served 268 clients and provided 2,911 units of service of economic stability, responsible parenting, and healthy relationships.