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A dream becomes a vision, and finally a reality

Blog Post by Elaine Meyerson, Executive Director Center for Hope and Safety When I became the Executive Director of Center for Hope and Safety in 1986, I asked the staff what they felt their needs were, without hesitation they all echoed the word...

Yes. It happens here.

It happens in Bergen County, one of the 40 wealthiest counties in the United States.  It happens behind the closed doors of nicely appointed homes along the tree-lined streets of suburbia, just as it happens in the poorest of inner city neighborhoods. And...

Our Dream Is to End a Nightmare for Others

For more than 37 years, Center for Hope and Safety has been building a bigger and stronger foundation in order to provide services that promote the safety, strength, and hope our clients and their children need to succeed.  12 Overlook Avenue is a dream we’ve...

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and...

Helping Children Heal

They are sometimes called the “hidden” victims of domestic violence. But for children who witness violence in their home or experience it directly, there is nothing hidden about it. It is all too visible, all too hurtful, all too real. Our name is Center for Hope and...

Hey, Respect Your Elders!

Center for Hope and Safety received a hotline call from a woman who’d been married for 50 years and abused throughout her entire marriage. She was still married. She had no intention of leaving her husband; she just needed someone to talk to. A rabbi reported to us...

Transforming a life – Joy’s Story

Center for Hope and Safety’ Transitional Housing provides women with longer-term housing, giving them the necessary time to get on back on their own feet. Joy fled a life of constant abuse and was able to find help from Center for Hope and Safety and Transitional...

Spanking for Jesus?

I remember growing up watching Jackie Gleason tell Alice he would, “Send her to the Moon”, all while waving a closed fist in her face.  Meanwhile, Desi would occasionally put Lucy over his knee to give her a good spanking, while she cried like an exaggerated...

One Journey, Many Pathways

Not far from the children’s zoo and train ride in Van Saun County Park in Paramus, NJ is a brick pathway  winding its way amid a garden of flowers and shrubs. It is a quiet enclave, intentionally so. Take a stroll along the Pathway, look closely, and you’ll...

Laura’s Story of Hope; it sometime takes more than one try.

Laura had a newborn son in her arms. She fled for safety from an abusive relationship with the baby’s father.  She did not know what it was like to live without violence and had no place but the shelter to turn. Lara found being a single parent too difficult to...