On Friday, October 26, JBFCS hosted a fundraiser to support survivors of domestic violence. Dr. Dadrene Hine-St. Hilaire, Director of Horizons, and her staff coordinated a dinner and dance at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn. More than 50 people attended the event, raising money to provide activities for the children living with us, supplies for the women to create a new home, and even life skills classes for women learning to live on their own.
The community rallied around Horizons’ effort, donating food, music, dance space, and more. The staff of Horizons cooked and brought the food served throughout the evening.
The Mistress of Ceremonies, Betty Picot, works at HeartShare Human Services of New York, a nonprofit human services agency dedicated to improving the lives of people in need of special services and support. She kept the evening flowing and we thank her for her help. The Keynote Speaker was Jasmin Farnum, Senior Executive Director, Relationship Matters: Stop Domestic Abuse and Relationship Violence. And the guest speaker was Hakimah Abdulmalik, Relationship Matters team member. Both of these women are passionate about helping those who have been abused. What sets Relationship Matters apart is that it is made up of women who have overcome domestic abuse and relationship violence and have the ability to share their stories and bring hope to those who don’t think they can make it.
Horizons is a therapeutic milieu that offers respite from domestic violence. It’s high-quality services promote living and coping skills, empowerment, confidence, and self reliance. Domestic violence impacts the entire family, and it’s that family that must heal together.
Congratulations to Dadrene and staff on an incredibly successful event.