Message from the Director – A call to reach young men

Penn Football Team

Instead of spending precious time piling our collective guilt on the back of Ray Rice, our time would be better spent providing more resources, like education and counseling for abusers, and safe houses for victims, to help the more than 7 million men and women involved in domestic violence on any given day. Only when domestic violence is treated as a serious public health issue will the cries for help from victims as well as their abusers receive the attention they deserve.” – Carolyn K. Erwin, columinist for the Examiner.com

 

Domestic violence aka intimate partner violence, usually a silent issue, has once again been brought to the forefront of our lives after the shocking video of Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious was blasted across our television screens. As painful as it was to see, the media attention on domestic violence helps educate victims as well as the public; and gives us hope that we will someday end this societal illness.

This summer, our volunteers were very busy educating Penn Wood football team through the Coaching Boys to Men Curriculum, preparing for our support groups, and planning for the Refuge Benefit Concert to raise funds for the Safe Refuge Project. This concert and exhibition/mixer will be held on October 25th, 2014 at the First District Plaza, located at 3801 Market Street., in Philadelphia’s University City. For more information on sponsorship packages and how to lend your support contact Ladesha Albury at 610-457-1149.

As Hazael Haven prepares for Domestic Violence Awareness month in October, we are continuing to impact the lives of abused women in the Philadelphia area. One of our interventions involved a woman whose life was threatened by a partner intimidating her with a gun. Fortunately, we were there for her in her time of need and offered her support.

Hazael Haven will be starting confidential support groups beginning this Fall to provide support to the women to encourage and empower them. In light of that, we encourage you to pray and speak up about the reality of intimate partner violence.  Pray also for the needs of our Wish List.

 

Wish List

Donated Office Space

Volunteers/Interns in the areas: Public Relation Specialist, Writer, Educational Coordinator, Grant Writer, Web Designer, Advocate, and Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you corner…

Special thanks to Derrick Ford, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Domestic Violence, California Pizza Kitchen, and Chili’s for their support! Our summer fundraisers at California Pizza and Chili’s increased our visibility in the community and gave us an opportunity to educate even more people about the reality of domestic violence, and to let them know that help is available. We also want to thank David York and Bijiek Jieknyal who worked together behind the scenes to design and support our website.

 

We are excited about our new GoFundMe Campaign. Check out (http://www.gofundme.com/ccsa84) to learn more. We are also in partnership with Amazon.  How it works is a portion of your order can be donated to us when you sign up for AmazonSmile and select Hazael Haven.  Thanks to all of you who have donated, especially our partners. To become a partner, simply set up an automatic donation on our secure website.

 

It’s worth repeating. Hazael Haven could not exist without your much needed and much appreciated tax-deductible donation. We are grateful to those who have made donations to us, and look forward to having new partners join with us. Even if you are unable to make a donation at this time, I urge you to pray, volunteer, and spread the word about us. For more information about how you can help, please visit us at http://www.hazaelhaven.com and do not hesitate to contact us at hazaelhaven@gmail.com. 

 

Sincerely,

Jenny Delacruz

Founder and Executive Director

 

Hazael Haven, Inc.

P.O. Box 19204

Philadelphia, Pa 19143

(267) 291-4558

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