A night of dinner, live music and dancing will raise funds for Vera House in December as they continue to support people with services who are going through domestic violence. This year will mark the 26th annual “New Beginnings” GalaThe organization supports victims of domestic violence. Executive Director Randi Bregman says the event used to be known as “Home for the Holidays.”
“… and we thought that the idea of ‘new beginnings’ is really a lot of what the work at Vera House is whether someone seeks shelter, needs our advocacy support or comes into our counseling program. We view it as our privilege and opportunity to stand along side with people and help them as they find a path to new beginnings.”
Bregman adds that Vera House also provides services through its advocacy program to others who don’t require shelter. She says they are people dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse.
“Our advocates can accompany them to court. Can help them get an order of protection, can work with them with law enforcement with civil attorneys… whatever systems that they’re trying to pass through and also we provide emotional support.”
Unfortunately, she adds that people don’t always seek out the services they need during this time of year.
“…Because people are often trying to keep it together for their family to make it through the holidays but, for many people the holidays are very painful and a difficult time because while many people in the community are celebrating all that they have to be greatful for, many of those we serve are reminded of all the loss and suffering that they’ve had along the way.”
Bregman wants people to know they serve women, men, and accompanied children or gender-neutral individuals. The “New Beginnings Gala” will be held at the On-Center on Saturday, December 2nd. The deadline to register for the event is Monday November 27th. Click here to be directed to the event page.