October 19, 2017
By Lauren Montanaro, Community Engagement Specialist

4 Ways to Create Space for Intersecting Identities

Last week, I went to an event hosted by Safe Havens and The Network/La Red which focused on intersectional identities.  Specifically, this event focused on the intersection of faith, sexual orientation, and domestic violence.  For the week leading up to this event, I could feel myself becoming more and more excited to engage in dialogue […]

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October 17, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Survivor Voices: P, Reach for the Stars Gala 2017

The following words are adapted from remarks given by P, REACH Community Program participant and a member of REACH’s Survivor Speakers Bureau, at Saturday evening’s Reach for the Stars gala. We wanted to share them again, for those who couldn’t make it, or those who did but wanted to further reflect on what she shared.

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October 11, 2017
By REACH TEAM

REACH Office Move Update 4 – We have walls!

In the midst of all of the excitement of this month…Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Reach for the Stars Gala, new staff members starting…the new office continues to take shape! Hopefully you’ve been following along, but in case you missed them, take a moment to catch up with previous updates here, here, and here. If […]

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October 4, 2017
By Jessica Teperow, Director of Prevention Programs

DVAM 2017: Creating Space for Change

  “In a healthy relationship, both individuals’ worlds grow larger. In an unhealthy relationship, one person’s world gets bigger while they use controlling behaviors to make their partner’s world shrink smaller and smaller.”  I’ve said some variation of the above statement in countless trainings on domestic violence, and recently it has been at the forefront […]

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September 28, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Meet Our New Director of Development

Earlier this month, REACH welcomed Jean Doliber to the staff as our new Director of Development. She joined us at a busy time, as we prepare for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), our annual Reach for the Stars Gala, and the upcoming office move! Before things got too crazy, we wanted to take some time […]

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September 20, 2017
By REACH TEAM

It All Comes Together: The Making of the 2017 Survivor Platter

This week we present the third and final installment in a series of blog posts previewing this year’s “Survivor Artist” platter for the Reach for the Stars Gala. In previous posts we’ve told you about art therapy at REACH (why and how we do it) and a special volunteer who plays a crucial role in […]

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September 14, 2017
By REACH TEAM

REACH is Moving: Update Three

So much has happened since our last update! At that time, we were still awaiting our building permits and living very much in the hypothetical – examining the designer’s renderings, comparing flooring samples, looking at photographs of furniture. But as you read this, permits have been pulled, demolition has happened, and things are in motion! […]

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September 6, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Signs of Fall at REACH

As the school year gets into full swing, that means a couple of things for those of us here at REACH. First – backpacks! We are so grateful to our generous donors and to School on Wheels of Massachusetts for helping us assemble and distribute more than 200 backpacks to children of domestic violence survivors. […]

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September 1, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Social justice and disasters…natural or otherwise

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, as our name implies, is an organization committed to addressing and preventing domestic violence. So why do we talk about social justice so much? Why is it included in our mission statement, which ends, “…promoting social justice for individuals and families of all backgrounds”? Why talk about race, or immigration, or […]

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August 23, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Volunteer Spotlight: Pat Mattina

Last month, we presented the first in a series of blogs to preview the survivor plate from this year’s upcoming Reach for the Stars Gala. Several people come together to make this special piece of artwork happen. The first person was Catalina, our Child and Adolescent Therapist, and we told you about her important work […]

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