Posted by Elizabeth Schön Vainer
Journey to Safety's Make it Your Business event was wonderful for many reasons. The moon was full and bright, shining in through the wall of windows on the 13th floor of Foley Hoag's spacious event space. The 100 guests enjoyed wine and delicious Middle Eastern delicacies while they gathered to support Journey to Safety and its mission to end domestic abuse. But most of all, the energy and spirit of all who attended was exhilarating and inspiring!
Myriam Lukoff's story moved us with her powerful account of strength, love, and resilience. The image of her speaking with such conviction and courage will surely be imprinted in our memories for years to come.
Eileen McNamara shared both gritty stories from her work as a Boston Globe and Boston Magazine writer as well as her perspective as a woman and mother. We were riveted throughout and even pushed to take action when she challenged us all to hold our politicians accountable and participate fully in all committee discussions and votes. She reminded us that politicians are elected to represent us, and also those who can't advocate for themselves.
The night ended with the upbeat singing group of young women performers from Newton North High School. They helped us remember that with youth there is hope and it is our responsibility to help them improve and strengthen their communities.
Thank you to all who support Journey to Safety. Because of your generous donations we raised more than $60,000. Whether you were a sponsor or a participant (or both!) in the Make it Your Business Event, you contributed to making the evening a wonderful success.
Elizabeth Schön Vainer is the program director of Journey to Safety, the JF&CS response to domestic abuse. Elizabeth is pleased to bring her many years of experience collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to investigate child and domestic abuse to Journey to Safety and JF&CS. She believes that only through collaborative efforts can we truly serve our clients. Elizabeth has a BSW from the University of Tel Aviv and a MS in Organization and Management from Antioch University.