After years of entrapment in a physically and emotionally abusive marriage, Emily mustered the strength to leave with her children. Her husband found her at a local shelter and started stalking her- driving past the building, sending her mail, and showing up to her appointments. Terrified, she fled several hours away to the RISE domestic violence shelter. She had had a big house with her husband, but found peace in the modest private bedroom and bathroom that she shared with her family at our shelter. Emily’s family received nutritious meals, as well as clothing and toiletries as they lost everything when they fled. Shelter staff helped Emily enroll her children in a school they enjoyed, and provided referrals to a school counselor. After school and on the weekends, staff led baking and crafts activities for the kids and worked together with Emily to help them with their homework. Emily attended group and individual counseling appointments with our Licensed Clinical Social Worker to rebuild her self-esteem. Her advocate referred her to an attorney and provided legal information about orders of protection and divorce. Emily and her family were able to locate a safe apartment and furnishings with shelter staff’s help. After discharge from our shelter, Emily continued to utilize RISE counseling and advocacy services, receiving long-term survivor-centered support for her family’s needs.
Established in 1979 as the SOS Shelter, RISE provides comprehensive domestic violence services. In 2017 121 adults and 123 children received safe housing, food and clothing at our shelter. RISE also offers non-residential advocacy and counseling services, both for shelter residents and those who don’t need our shelter. Advocates provide assistance in family court and linkages to community resources. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker provides both individual and group counseling sessions for emotional well-being. For more information about programs, visit http://www.rise-ny.org
--$20 allows us to brighten a child’s birthday while they are in shelter by baking a cake and buying a small gift
--$112 provides safe shelter and healthy food to one survivor for one day
--$348 provides three months of advocacy for survivors’ interactions with police officers to pursue charges against their abusers
--$1,272 covers advocacy for one month at Family Court to help survivors file petitions for orders of protection