To the editor:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and that is why it was fitting that we welcomed in the new month with our annual “Walk Against Domestic Violence” on Sunday, Sept. 30, in Newburyport.
Despite rainy skies, the spirits of more than 500 people who turned out for the walk were not dampened in the least, as members from our community joined together to make a strong statement against the scourge of domestic violence.
Together, our sponsors, walkers, family and friends pitched in to contribute more than $100,000 to this effort. The funds will be used to offset the cost of providing services to our clients. We never want financial circumstances to be a barrier to those who need our services, so it is essential that our services be provided at no cost.
There are so many to thank and space doesn’t permit listing everyone, but to everyone in the community who supports the work and mission of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, thank you, especially, during our 30th year of service.
I want to acknowledge in particular Patty Dorfman, volunteer chairperson of the event, and the large committee of volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the walk a success. The crisis center could not function without our small army of volunteers, and to each of you, we are very grateful.
And to our staff: our counselors, therapists, advocates and staff attorney, who carry out the direct service work of the center every day, providing support to hundreds of adults and children every month, and to our administrative support team in Newburyport who help to make that work possible, we say thank you. Funds also support our Girls Inc. of the Seacoast program, which allows us to continue our work to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold, as well as our school-based programs that address bullying, teen dating violence and healthy relationships.