My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for NORTHERN WESTCHESTER SHELTER INC, Pleasantville, NY, USA
Hope’s Door has saved my sanity and possibly my life!
For approximately 3 years I have received counseling sessions and attended several group sessions, primarily with the Director of Counseling.
I received a lot of help understanding the issues of domestic violence. There were many emergencies when I needed to speak with someone right away. My counselor was always available to meet or talk on the phone. When I was rattled and in distress, she would calmly dissect the issue, understand what was happening, make plans to help solving the issue, and often called for outside advice when necessary (legal help, other organizations).
The group sessions were based on understanding, learning more about domestic violence, what steps to take for one’s safety and how to move on in life. The first session started with an introduction to each group member. We, the group, understood what was spoken in-group stayed in-group. Repeatedly, I was amazed how similar other women’s situations in-group were. This gave me also a good understanding that I am not the only one facing the horror of domestic violence. Each person would think of one goal for a positive life change and each week there was an emphasis on reaching that goal, plus other helpful issues about life and domestic violence.
Hope’s Door invited speakers; specialists who had an understanding about domestic violence. I remember following speakers: An attorney from the Women’s Justice Center (Pace Law School), an excellent child therapist to whom I went later for a few session for private counseling, free classes in physical self-defense that had a strong emphasis on mental empowering, and others.
The Christmas parties were well organized and very sweet. The staff worked for weeks collecting lists, communicating with people in the community who gave gifts, and long, late hours sorting gifts. I remember that two years ago I wrote a wish list for my daughter. An incredible generous family got her exactly the gifts she wanted and two cash cards for myself. I was moved to tears; not only about the generosity, but that a stranger had made our Christmas!
Hopes Door has also helped me tremendously feeling much saver, especially by knowing there is a place and people who do care and are able to help.
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