Domestic Violence can be defined as an escalating pattern of coercive control (verbal, emotional, sexual, economic, physical, and spiritual abuse) that one person in a relationship uses over another. It is an epidemic that crosses all demographic, social, and educational boundaries—and Westchester is no exception. Women are more likely than men to experience this type of abuse.

Domestic Violence can be defined as an escalating pattern of coercive control (verbal, emotional, sexual, economic, physical, and spiritual abuse) that one person in a relationship uses over another. It is an epidemic that crosses all demographic, social, and educational boundaries—and Westchester is no exception. Women are more likely than men to experience this type of abuse.

Many women (and their children) who have the courage to leave their abusers end up in shelters with only the clothes on their back.

The Greenburgh Interfaith Group brought the issue to the attention of Woodlands Community Temple in 2008. Since then, we have teamed up with Hope’s Door, a Westchester-based shelter and counseling center that offers programs and services designed to break the cycle of domestic abuse. We provide transitional assistance to families leaving the shelter to go into their own homes by collecting and delivering kitchen supplies, bedding, groceries, clothing, toys, and the like, while also monitoring their progress and needs in their new community. Our goal is to let them know that there are people in the world who care about them and want to help them rebuild their lives. We also support other Hope’s Door needs and programming and bring education about the issue of domestic abuse and healthy relationships to the WCT community.

Over the course of the year, we support, on average, five families. To become part of our committee or to be notified of donations required when a family is making the move to their own home, please email co-chairs Judy Stiefel, Bill Woolis and Jennifer Trevor Hochman at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sometimes, we learn that a family will be moving out of a shelter and into an apartment just before that happens. Then, we must act quickly to provide the family's needs. We are very grateful to ARDSLEY LOCK UP for providing us with storage space so that we can keep some things on hand. We also very much appreciate donations of gift cards (American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Target, Bed,Bath & Beyone, or any grocery store) so that we can fill in missing items. Gift cards can be left in the Social Action mailbox along with checks made out to DATF.

In addition, Hope’s Door often needs volunteers to work at the shelter. If you are interested and would like more information about these opportunities, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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