Food pantry debuts at Holyrood Church Story and photos by Gregg McQueen A new food truck has arrived uptown – and on its menu is a novel mission. In order to help reduce hunger in Northern Manhattan, a coalition of organizations has gone mobile.
E.Q. is one of several clients who attended our Program that seem to have been lost in the system for a long time, often by the language barrier or lack of acknowledge of laws of this country, but unfortunately sometimes for the lack of training and sensitivity of some services providers regarding domestic violence. Since she comes to Nuevo Amanecer and thanks to continued services of personal advocacy, this client is now receiving services by Sanctuary for Families to keep the ownership of her house and maintain her order of protection. She is now able to have the legal representation she deserves and needs, while gaining the needed piece of mind to focus on her healing process through the continued provision of individual counseling and support group sessions. E.Q. feels safe, supported and empowered to reclaim her mental stability and is sure she can always count with us and her peers from Nuevo Amanecer to support her throughout this process.
E.S attended our program back in 2014. It has been a two years journey where she has vented about the abuse experienced at the hands of her ex-husband and father of her daughter. E.S has been able to gain consciousness about the unique dynamics of domestic violence and in her efforts she has also been able to build her toolbox of resources, coping mechanisms and healthy outlets in order for her to live a life free of violence. Throughout this journey, E.S. has taken decisions for her to reach the liberation she has longed for such as, divorcing her abuser, gaining employment, applying to get her citizenship and planning a new beginning for her as well as her daughter. Furthermore, E.S. actively participated in a Leadership Empowerment Training offered at our program in order to be a co-facilitator in workshops offered in our community and to also be of support to other women she might come across who need the support and guidance. This initiative allows E.S to give back to her community and to women in general. E.S has grown significantly and will continue to do so-she continues to find herself on her own terms, by herself, for herself.