From Danielle Stockweather at the Midtown Community Court (and formerly of Bronx Community Solutions):
Thanks to generous donations from attendees at our recent CHOICES to Change holiday benefit, we now have completed "Go Bags" onsite at the Midtown Community Court for our women who decide to leave abusive situations. These Go Bags are actual duffle bags stuffed with several complete outfits, an array of toiletries and even calling cards.
This week we had a young women in CHOICES (referred to us by our partners at Bronx Community Solutions) who was mired in an abusive relationship and suffering from a life-long heroin addiction. After an intense counseling session on domestic violence (kudos to Courtney Bryan from the Center for Court Innovations's Domestic Violence team for engaging her) she reported to us on Tuesday having left her abuser and declaring that "she wasn't going to take it anymore." But of course, everything she possessed was left behind when she decided to flee. The next morning, we arranged for this young woman to be picked up and taken upstate to Conifer Park for inpatient drug treatment. Because of the donations we received, we were able to offer her some comfort during this difficult transition. To donate, you can go here.