Message from the Chief Executive Officer
“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”
Women Aware is rooted in compassion for those we serve. Our initiatives grow out of the challenges survivors face as they negotiate safety for themselves and their children. Our exceptional team moves families beyond abuse by providing a safe refuge, comprehensive case management, counseling and legal advocacy. Our comprehensive services have expanded to include the First Permanent Supportive Housing Program for victims of domestic violence in New Jersey. All services are free and confidential. Our culturally diverse staff speaks multiple languages giving a voice to vulnerable populations.
We are changing lives. In a typical year we shelter over 200 women and children, offer 25,000 meals, answer over 5,000 hotline calls and leverage over one million dollars in client assistance. We empower those along their journey offering hope for a brighter day, a better future.
The financial health of our agency remains strong. Our net income has steadily accelerated, total assets have grown by twenty percent and equity, a key measure for long term health, has climbed by fifteen percent. This growth has allowed for program expansion along with an increase of over thirty percent in client services. In summary, ships like ours take time to set course. We have made that turn and we continue to head forward into a brighter horizon.
Phyllis Yonta (Philly), Chief Executive Officer, joined Women Aware in 2007. Formerly employed by the New Jersey State Police in the Victim Services Unit, she worked with the Division of Criminal Justice to provide statewide training on advanced techniques in the prosecution and investigation of domestic violence cases. She has been recognized by the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC, and Douglass College for her contributions in the field of domestic violence. Philly holds Master’s Degrees from Seton Hall and Rutgers University. She is attending classes at Alliance Theological Seminary. In all of her endeavors, she hopes to partake in God’s Blessed Society – Justice for All.