Author: Laura R. Van Zandt, Executive Director

The Changing Faces of Advocacy at REACH

When REACH was founded in 1981, it began with the idea that domestic violence can happen anywhere because it is part of the fabric of our society – it can happen in the leafy suburbs as in the big city, at the end of the long driveway, as well as in the apartment next door. There are so many reasons that survivors access support.  There are…

More than one year ago today

Well over a year ago, my REACH colleagues and I accepted the reality that we would be doing…

The Work Ahead

Four years ago, after the 2016 election, we asked – where do we go from here?

662 Plates

Over the past 17 years, we have admired, touched, photographed, and shared 662 plates.

It’s About Power

Yesterday, REACH’s Executive Director, Laura Van Zandt, sent a version of this message to our staff and board addressing the events happening across the country and we wanted to share it with all of you. We do this work because we believe change is possible. Some days, that feels harder than others. The pain and death that is disproportionately impacting people of color and Black Americans…

The Work Continues… Differently

It is times like these that really strip away any pretense of equity, justice, stability, or safety for those who have been pushed to the margins. Marginalized by racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, abuse or poverty – moving through the world on the very edge of survival. And when crisis hits society, it hits these folks the hardest. Survivors who have struggled to manage the day to…

THANK YOU AGAIN for your support during our 2019 fiscal year

During these 12 months, with your help, REACH provided more than 5,600 nights of safety and days of healing in our shelter. With your help, more than 300 survivors worked with community advocates at our office. Our wonderful office space also enabled us to offer new support groups for children – more than 30 kids participated. And our prevention team engaged more than 5,000 adults and…

Calling all men – We are all in this together

As we leave Women’s History Month (March) behind, and head into Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), it seems like as good a time as any to talk about men’s engagement in the work to end sexual and domestic violence. During March, we wrote about the White Ribbon movement and on March 1 observed White Ribbon Day here in Massachusetts. The White Ribbon pledge is a public…

Sexual Violence is Everywhere

I am driving in my car, the radio on, and NPR is taking me through the news of the morning. And it finally overpowers me: every single story in the news is about sexual violence. Longtime local school superintendent resigns amidst allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. Human trafficking is alleged at a day spa in Florida – and all over the country. Children in detention…

Not buying it? You already have.

Thoughts on the reactions to Gillette’s new campaign I am sitting in the car listening to a remembrance about Jack Bogle, investing hero, who died yesterday at 89. Bogle firmly believed in capitalism, and railed against the greed that permeated investing. He hoped that future generations could be more idealistic and “clean up the mess.” Those words caught my ear as I had been thinking about…