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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August 17, 2017
By REACH TEAM

REACH is Moving: Update Two

In the midst of difficult times, we want to update you on our ‘big move’ and thank you so much for your support. We shared the beginning of our move process back in June and will continue to share updates as work progresses. We hope you saw the photo from the Cummings Foundation celebration back […]

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August 10, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Volunteer Voices: An Update from Sumana at 3 Months

Back in April, we brought you a piece from a new volunteer named Sumana, who had just completed her extended volunteer training with REACH. We thought we’d check in with her and see how her first few months of volunteering have gone. In my first three months as a REACH volunteer, I have the privilege […]

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August 3, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Teen Voices: What I learned through PAVE Peer Leader Summer Training

by Janiah Every summer, REACH runs a training for peer leaders at Waltham High School as part of our teen dating violence prevention program. The training is taking place this week, and to tell you about it, we’re sharing this reflection written by one of our seniors after the 2016 training. This summer I attended […]

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July 28, 2017
By Guest Blogger

Survivor Voices: Finding my Voice Again

by Melinda*, REACH Survivor Speakers Bureau Recently I heard myself laugh and I was shocked and amazed.  I thought, “Who is this person?  Wow I recognize her, I recognize that laugh!” You see, I was not allowed to laugh for years and it took me close to 3 years after I separated from my husband […]

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July 21, 2017
By REACH TEAM

Why REACH Uses Art Therapy to Help Children Affected by Domestic Violence

“We don’t even need words, we go straight to where the memory is stored.” This is how REACH’s Child and Adolescent Therapist, Catalina, describes the work she does through art therapy with children. The Art Therapy Alliance defines art therapy as “the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and emotional needs, facilitated by an […]

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July 10, 2017
By Laura Van Zandt, Executive Director

What Laura is Thinking: On Interdependence

I am thinking about interdependence.   I woke up on the 4th of July to beautiful weather and a day off for me and my family. How wonderful. And why: because of independence or because of interdependence? Do any of us function truly independently? Does anyone have all the capacities necessary to live a full […]

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