CONNECT, Inc. is one of the most superb non-profits in the NYC area. Their dedication, commitment and emotion for the prevention of gender violence is out of this world. The staff are all great advocates and will work through any intracacies so that any issues are addressed. The organization as a whole is very well thought out and constantly finds and implements new ways to improve their services to the community. I highly recommend CONNECT's services and I guaruntee that anyone would leave feeling pleased with the services provided.
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
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.
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
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...
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.
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.