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March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I have been affliated with connect fo iver 10 years. Each time hat i attend a workshop it is more intriging then the next. The staf is very professional, with a warm spirit. Each staff remembers who i am no matter how many years are in between the last time i was there. They are a support network for me. No matter how many tomes i call, someone will always get back to me and with an answer or some resources. Connect has been a strong influence on the work that i do with my clients. There teaching has also impacted the my education in issues related to domestic violence

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Many workshops and calling for resources

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more training Have a part II for women's empowerment

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

CONNECT has been a leader in advocacy around ending violence against women in our communities. Their staff is exceptional - dedicated, smart, talented, brave and innovative. Their programs have led the way for other organizations. They provide the highest quality of service to individuals in need and to the organizations they train and support.
When women were being killed by ex-boyfriends/husbands in great numbers in the summer of 2005, CONNECT held a moving press conference on the steps of city hall attended by over a hundred advocates. When a child welfare worker has a case involving domestic violence, they know what to do because of the training provided by CONNECT and the policy advocacy done by the agency that put proceedures in place to handle these cases.
They have done pioneering work around the response to domestic violence in the faith based community.

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I've referred many victims of domestic violence to them for help, knowing they would get compassionate and competent help. Their staff goes above the call of duty.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything. They need additional funding to keep up their amazing work.

June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

CONNECT training staff has been providing monthly Domestic Violence training, on site consultation, and as needed phone consultation, to Family Services for Deaf Children and Adults(New York Foundling), since 2007. The training is a creative mix of factual information, use of video clips, and case examples that allows each person at the training an opportunity to connect to the material and enter the discussion. The traiing is consistently excellent, and I would recommend it without heisitation. Tony Christopher Director Deaf Services New York Foundling

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Their training staff initially asked how they could make changes in the training that would be most useful to us, and made a comittment to making changes in the training as needed.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

I first became familiar with CONNECT in 2005 as an instructor for the Cornell University Family Development Training and Credentialing Program. This course is designed to empower staff to work in more empowering ways with families. I continue to deliver the training, under the sponsorship of the NYC Administration for Children's Services Head Start Training Institute, to Head Start staff / front-line workers from all boroughs. These workers often are called upon to provide support and resources to families where domestic violence and other specialized services are needed. One of the students in the class was a Latino male, Marlon Walker, who, at the time, volunteered for CONNECT and has since has become a valued staff member for the organization. I was impressed and inspired by his passion for CONNECT and the work it was doing to provide domestic violence services in NYC. The fact that he was a Latino male engaged in this work was particularly striking to me since I had rarely met males in this field before. As part of my background, I have been a victim of and victor over domestic violence. My sensitivity to the subject increased during my four-decade career working with Head Start staff and families and when faced with the issue of domestic violence within my extended family. Curious following Marlon's presentation to our class related to the comprehensive services CONNECT provides, I began attending their training programs and collaborated with CONNECT to avail their services to the broader NYC Head Start community and with the NYC agency providing child protective services. CONNECT also provided excellent workshops at conferences sponsored by the Family Development Association of New York State and NYC Region. I found all their training programs extremely informative, interactive, if not actually transformational. They also embraced family development principles. Those addressing male involvement were of particular importance since that was a prominent subject within the Head Start community. Participants came from diverse community and government based programs. Their training and otherwise related events were delivered by knowledgeable in-house staff and experts in the field. Of particular note are the comprehensive and varied services it provides from preventing bullying to engaging men in the fight against domestic and family violence. It is an honor to be an advocate for CONNECT and promote its service within the Head Start and family development communities of NYC and New York State. It is a quality organization from its leadership to the pursuit of its mission.

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Direct family service providers benefit from the skills they develop as a result of their training programs, the resources they can utilize and share with families and, ultimately, the families themselves.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maximize its funding, expand the reach of its services, have it serve as a model for other family violence service programs and clone its staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the combined passion and expertise it brings to its work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

impressive. They are dedicated to the mission of ending family violence and bring creative thinking and programs to reach this goal.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve as a national model for and share their expertise with other similar organizations.

Ways to make it better...

I had the time and energy to devote to supporting the work of this organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the times we are living in resulting in more stress and concomitant violence and abuse in families, and the tragic budget cuts that reduce the reach of this excellent organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

that I have tried to say it all already.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

CONNECT is an invaluable resource to victims of violence and to professionals and communities who serve and support them. More funding should be granted to help CONNECT continue to provide support and counsel to victims of violence and to increase capacity to professionals who come into contact with victims of violence and to grow awareness and advocacy among community members to address this chronic problem and underserved population. It is extremely disappointing that ACS has withdrawn services to CONNECT for their wonderful FVPP program, as my staff have benefitted so much from the trainings offered and looked forward to more...

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My staff/I have benefitted from excellent trainings. It is extremely disappointing that ACS has withdrawn services to CONNECT for their wonderful FVPP program, as my staff have benefitted so much from the trainings offered and looked forward to more

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I was contacted by Connect because I am an artist who does work with womens issues, but I didn't know much about domestic violence in particular, so I took one course at Connect to learn about it. I have never had a better, more interesting, more well conducted course than that which opened my eyes on women and my personal story so much, so after that I took 2 more training courses at Connect, and realized that this subject should be taught in schools all over. Each woman thinks it's just her, her personality and seeing the whole picture it really transforms you. Awareness opens one's eyes and mind (and heart) and we all need that so badly! Perhaps Connect should be called "Women Awareness Center" because it's much more than what it seems (domestic violence prevention center)! I love this center and they have so much to teach! I particularly admired the trainers: I have never see seminars conducted in such a marvelleus way! I am from Italy, excuse my spelling mistakes :)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

awareness change: from now on I want to dedicate my life to help women!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give money to it, make it much more visible in the media, and have their trainers teach in schools, organizations and center all over the country, and the world.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Superb!!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could help million of women to feel better about themselves, feel stronger, let go of society induced guilt, have the courage of make important and necessary changes for the better in their lives, connect with other women and organizations.

Ways to make it better...

I had know about it sooner!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and not enough publicity

One thing I'd also say is that...

The trainers (and the men trainers!) are amazing and they really know how to conduct workshops! They have total dedication, preparation, openness of mind and true compassion! Bravissimi!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I have been familar with CONNECT for over 5 years, and have the highest regard for them as an organization as a whole and for the staff members individually. I built a relationship with the executive director, Ms. Kala Ganesh, and others, such as Sally MacNichol and Quentin walcott, who exemplify making a difference to individuals and the community around the topic of abuse and violence. They spearhead the annual Bride's march in the Bronx; offer trainings and workshops on all areas of domestic violence and the devasting impact this abuse has on women, children and families, and the community as a whole. For my particular project here at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, they presented statistics as well as the individual psycho-social stressors and the structural issues contributing to violence to teens who are researching various health disparities using a Community approach, including violence and injury. The staff has engaged and challenged these youths from the Bronx community to effect change and seek ways to prevent violence. CONNECT has made a committment to provide whatever information and resources they have to our teens about violence. As well, they conduct an outstanding annual sexual harassment in the workplace training with our teens and staff. CONNECT's staff's relatability to teens in their style of communication, and listening is noted. Their ability to reframe the teens' often reported observations that "domestic violence and abuse is normal and part of a any relationship". These comments are largely based on what they see in their home, with their peers, and within the community & the media has made a significant impact in the teens' awareness. The staff of connect, from the executive director down, are very hands on and sensitive, caring, strong, and nurturing. I have made several referrals to CONNECT and appreciate their expansion into schools and other CBO's and FBO's. This expansion has created an increase in CONNECT's visibility of their resources and services, and their ability to address relevant topics, including men who are battered, sexual harrassment in the work place, cultural competency around differing nationalities and norms, same sex relationship abuse, bullying in schools, and non-violent forms of abuse. CONNECT's forward thinking approach has been critical with the issues involved with sexting & cell phone stalking which has become a growing concern for many teens, and these teens, as well as many of the adults in their lives, lack the awareness to fully understand the damaging consequences of this form of abuse. A major strength I experience with CONNECT is that the satffing is NOT comprised of just caucasion women, but the satff members mirror the true diverstiy of men, women, straight, LGBTQ, black, white, latino and Asian in NYC. I highly commend them for their continuous and unwavering dedication toward ending violence.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

CONNECT is involved in the education and prevention of gender violence. Through community education and collaboration, CONNECT's Supervising Attorney and advocates advise victims/survivors of domestic violence. For several years CONNECT has participated in at least three domestic violence collaboration groups. The supervising attorney represents immigrant survivors at USCIS/immigration proceedings. The hotline gives advice and referrals for legal and social services. CONNECT also has a dynamic training institute. The organization thinks outside the box and is committed to eradicating gender violence and violence toward children.

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My office receives referrals for legal services and participates in joint collaborative efforts.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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