February 24, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Teen Voices: What TDVAM Is All About

This week’s guest blog post is from Janiah, one of the Peer Leaders in the PAVE (Peers Against ViolencE) club at Waltham High School. Hello, my name is Janiah Marrero and I am an officer in the PAVE (Peers Against ViolencE) club at Waltham High School. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is in February and […]

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February 16, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Survivor Voices: The Importance of Saying No

This week’s post is a guest post from Survivor M, a member of our Survivor Speakers Bureau. As a mom, one of my prouder moments is when someone tells me how polite my kids are. I am polite and like to think they learned from my example. My parents raised me to be polite and […]

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February 9, 2017
By Dani Patrick, Youth Education Specialist

Why Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Matters

In my role as Youth Education Specialist at REACH, I have the opportunity to talk with young people every day about healthy and unhealthy relationships, teen dating violence, and what they can do when they notice red flags in a friend’s relationship. When I begin teaching a new class of students, I often share some […]

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February 1, 2017
By Guest Blogger

REACH’s Training is for More Than Volunteers!

We may still be in the thick of winter, but spring is right around the corner! Or, at the very least, REACH’s Spring Training is right around the corner. Generally, we offer this training for new staff and volunteers, but it is also open to community members who want to learn more about domestic violence. […]

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January 19, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Volunteer Spotlight: Annie Toth

This week we wanted to highlight one of our dedicated volunteers, Annie Toth. Read on to get to know a bit about her and her experience volunteering with REACH.  Tell us a little bit about yourself I have lived in the Boston area for the past 14 years and moved to Waltham 3 years ago […]

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January 6, 2017
By Jessica Teperow, Director of Prevention Programs

Transforming in 2017

This fall, I had an amazing opportunity to give the keynote address at the 5th annual Safe & Healthy School Summit  hosted by the Northwestern District Attorney’s office. I would be sharing the stage with some of my heroes, including Attorney General Maura Healey, and speaking to a room of accomplished school professionals. I had […]

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December 21, 2016
By Guest Blogger

Volunteer Voices: Holiday Gift Party

by Paul Crocetti “Everybody’s happy there.” That was the joyous sentiment of an attendee of REACH’s annual Holiday Gift Party, as she waited for volunteers to bring her gifts. This year, 300 people – domestic violence survivors and their families – attended the party and 250 families received gifts through REACH’s Holiday Gift Program. The […]

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December 15, 2016
By Guest Blogger

Why I Never Miss the REACH Holiday Party

By Santa Claus As you may know, December is a busy time of year for me. I spend a good deal of time at the mall (where you might have seen me) asking kids what they want for Christmas and posing for pictures. Not to mention supervising all of the elves at the North Pole, […]

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December 8, 2016
By REACH TEAM

When And Where I Enter

This week’s blog post is from C, a member of our Shelter staff. Professor and author Derald Wing Sue describes micro aggressions as “every day verbal, nonverbal and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.” and […]

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December 1, 2016
By REACH TEAM

Survivor Voices: Isolation and Domestic Violence

One of the themes that comes up over and over again as we listen to survivors of domestic violence tell their stories is that of isolation. We are often asked why someone would stay in an abusive relationship. There are so many reasons someone might stay; what we have found is that isolation is one […]

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