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Toys Donated in Memory of 6-Year Old Ariella Hopkins

A woman and a man in green t-shirts standing outside on a sunny day under a tie-dye street sign that reads

NEW BRUNSWICK–Six-year-old Ariella Hopkins of Milltown had just graduated kindergarten in June 2015 when she passed away from a sudden illness. Since then, her parents, Bobby and Lisa, have worked tirelessly to keep her memory and smile alive.

Every year, the family holds a toy drive to benefit children in need. Women Aware was honored to have been chosen as a recipient this past year.

With the help of the Hopkins donation, Women Aware provided over 1,000 toys to 250 children in three days. On behalf of those we serve, thank you Hopkins family for making a difference to children in need through Ariella’s memory.

The NJ Department of Community Affairs awards Women Aware $80K

NEW BRUNSWICK–The state Department of Community Affairs has awarded Women Aware a $80,197 grant to support our emergency shelter. The grant will be used for renovations in a shelter that provides over 8,000 nights of refuge every year to survivors and their children seeking shelter from abuse.

To read more about the award, see the news article here, which is also quoted below:

“A separate $80,197 grant from Shelter Support was awarded through the state Department of Community Affairs to was awarded to Women Aware, the agency started in 1981 that provides assistance to women and families escaping from cases of domestic violence.

The money will be used for renovation work and the purchase of equipment and furnishings for the emergency shelter for women and there children in Middlesex County.

‘To win these grants is a true testament to the hard work of these volunteer groups and charities that provide shelter for the homeless,’ Karabinchak said. ‘Middlesex County is fortunate for the reliability and availability of these shelters that meet a critical need in our region,’ he said.”

Prosecutor Carey Donates Toys to Families in Need

NEW BRUNSWICK–On Thursday, Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office dropped off over 100 toys for children and their families at Women Aware. Prosecutor Carey and his team have long been strong allies in keeping survivors safe and protected in Middlesex County, NJ. Thank you for this generous donation during the holiday season.

Women Aware Celebrates Thanksgiving with Staff and Survivors

2 women and 1 man smiling; the first woman is holding a covered aluminum tray; the middle woman is holding a blue circle sign with a shelter symbol the man on the left is wearing a red t-shirt;

MIDDLESEX COUNTY–On Tuesday November 20th Women Aware staff and clients came together for our annual day of thanks. Thank you Elcha’s Eats (elchaseats.com) for donating a fantastic Thanksgiving lunch (pictured).

Moving Beyond Abuse 2018 Raises Awareness about Domestic Violence

“Today, we run for each other. We run to promote a safe and just society. We run to raise awareness and to protect those impacted by domestic violence.” -Phyllis Adams, Women Aware Chief Executive Officer speaking during the Moving Beyond Abuse 5K Race

PISCATAWAY–On November 11th, over 240 individuals came together in Johnson Park to raise awareness about domestic violence at Women Aware’s first annual Moving Beyond Abuse 5K Race & Charity Walk.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey kicked off the event and spoke about the need for our communities to do more to end domestic violence in New Jersey.

Prior to the race start, Katie Mayfield, Director of Development & Outreach at Women Aware, introduced Tommy Coohill, the Commander of the East Brunswick V.F.W. who directed taps in honor of Veteran’s Day.

“It has been an incredible day celebrating survivors. I want to thank all of the survivors out here today. You are not alone. Today is proof of that,” said Mayfield, during the awards ceremony. Top runners and notable fundraisers were acknowledged with Women Aware medals.

Assemblywoman Linda Carter of district 22 presented Women Aware with a Proclamation, declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in honor of the event.

Also in attendance were Women Aware Board President Diane Palmer and fellow Board Members, Women Aware Chief Executive Officer Phyllis Adams and Chief Operating Officer Maria Betanzos, Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua, Diane Johnson of the Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, Linda Jay of the Middlesex County Board of Social Services, and many others.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and we hope to see you again next year.


(Photography credit: Tatiana Rodriguez of Lifeshots Photography)

TD Charitable Foundation Donates to Women Aware

TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently awarded us a grant to support our comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence. We thank the TD Charitable Foundation for helping families move beyond abuse.

The mission of the TD Charitable Foundation is to support, respect, improve the quality of life in the diverse communities where they live and do business. The TD Charitable Foundation accomplishes this through their commitment to improve the access to safe, clean affordable housing, economic development, educational opportunities for community members, and the provision of basic human needs when otherwise unattainable.

For more information, please visit https://www.tdbank.com/community/corporate_giving.html.

Chamonix Skin Care Becomes Premium Sponsor for Upcoming Charity Event

Edison–Chamonix Skin Care recently awarded Women Aware a $5,000 Premium Level sponsorship for our upcoming Moving Beyond Abuse 5K Race & Charity Run. Their contribution will support Women Aware’s comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence in Middlesex County.

Chamonix is a long-time supporter of Women Aware through their donations of beauty bags to survivors at Women Aware’s emergency shelter. Women Aware thanks Chamonix for their continued generosity.

Learn more about Chamonix.

NJCEDV Launches Men of Strength Campaign

Happy Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This October the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence is providing tools for men to get involved in the movement to end domestic violence.

Check out Middlesex County’s very own Man of Strength, Siyan Bradley of the The Renee J. Bradley Foundation.

The majority of men demonstrate their strength in healthy and supportive ways, and many want to do more to stop violence and abuse in their families and communities. Take the New Jersey Men of Strength Pledge today.

Celebrate and Support Survivors

Happy Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This month we celebrate your support for survivors. Thanks to you, Women Aware has proudly:

– Served 1 out of every 8 survivors of domestic violence in New Jersey by providing over 9,000 nights of safe refuge;

– Sheltered 1 out of every 3 mobility-impaired survivors in the state;

– Answered 4,800 hotline calls, obtained over 600 orders of protection, assisted 20% of children’s counseling in N.J., and delivered over 5 times more services to survivors compared to the state average.

Read our 2017 Annual Report to see how your contributions made this possible.

Investors Foundation Supports Women Aware

Investors Foundation recently awarded Women Aware a generous $5,000 grant to support our comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence. We thank Investors Foundation for helping families move beyond abuse.

Investors Bank created the Investors Foundation in 2005 to support the communities Investors Bank serves. Investors Foundation supports initiatives in the arts, youth development, health and human services, education and affordable housing. Investors Foundation works to improve the lives of its customers and neighbors.

For more information, please visit https://www.myinvestorsbank.com/Community/Investors-Foundation