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Gloria Foundation

A Taste of Italy with The Gloria Foundation

“1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.”

“Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten or abused.”

“35% of all emergency room calls are the result of domestic abuse.”

If you’ve never heard of The Gloria Foundation, a visit to their website reveals these lines beneath two simple and sobering words: “The Facts”

These are facts indeed, and Karen Arakelian founded The Gloria Foundation for the sole purpose of helping “provide resources to local safe houses and domestic violence organizations” in order to make a difference and help victims of domestic violence.

Karen Arakelian, founder of the Gloria Foundation

In an elegant show of support and solidarity, The Gloria Foundation hosted their 4th Annual Taste of Italy event on the 27th at Design Consign in Fairfield, NJ. The event had delicious catering, a live band, drinks, beautiful upscale furniture, and most importantly: all proceeds went directly to Partners for Women and Justice, who provide pro bono legal services for domestic violence victims.

Student volunteers at the event from Montville HS

Some of the beautiful furniture sold at Design Consign for the event

Caviar donated by Calvisius was given out in free samples with all sales going towards Partners for Women and Justice

Many gathered together dressed to nines in support of The Gloria Foundation and Partners for Women and Justice, making donations, mingling, and enjoying all that the evening and venue had to offer. It’s thanks to wonderful organizations like these aand strong women like Ms. Arakelian that we can look to the future in earnest for a society where victims of domestic violence can easily find the safety and support they deserve.

For more information, visit TheGloriaFoundation.org.


A Night in Wonderland

VUE Magazine hosted the release of their Fall 2016 Fall Issue at Lulu’s in the W Hotel in Hoboken on October 19, 2016. VUE Magazine partnered with The Gloria Foundation’s campaign to bring awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness during the month of October.

VUE is a lifestyle magazine throughout Northern New Jersey that highlights the finer things in life such as dining, travel, design and fortune. In this case VUE was recognizing The Gloria Foundation for their work throughout New Jersey surrounding domestic violence.

The Gloria Foundation, a non-profit’s, mission is to help victims of domestic violence by providing the necessary resources to local safe houses and other domestic violence organizations. This is not just a problem in New Jersey, domestic violence is prevalent throughout the entire world.

According to Jason Underberg, Publisher and Founder of VUE stated that “each year, police report tens of thousands of domestic offenses in the state of New Jersey alone…now is an important time as any to support courageous organizations like The Gloria Foundation and to stand together against domestic violence.”

The event was themed to recreate “Alice in Wonderland” having the venue staff was dressed up as Alice in Wonderland characters and having aerial acrobatics perform throughout the venue. Sponsoring the event were vendors from LDV Hospitality, BreakThru Beverage and Camus.

The evening was concluded by the guests offering a toast to The Gloria Foundation for their success in raising awareness about domestic violence throughout the community. Overall, the event was a success raising about $4,000 for The Gloria Foundation.

For more information on the VUE Magazine visit http://www.vue.nj.com and The Gloria Foundation at http://www.thegloriafoundation.org.

Morris Family Justice Center

Morris Family Justice Center

In light of their 40th anniversary, Jersey Battered Women’s Service (JBWS) partnered with the Morris County Board of Freeholders and Prosecutor to open the Morris Family Justice Center (MFJC), a comprehensive center for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Morris County.

“Every life we touch receives the support and commitment that a person needs to change their life forever,” said Patty Lee, President of JBWS, at the Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony in Morristown.

Rather than forcing the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to navigate complex systems to receive the critical services they need, the Morris Family Justice Center strives to have all needed partners, allies, and resources within their intimate space. Children can play in a bright, colorful and relaxing playroom while their mom or dad gets the help they need. The Center also includes a kitchen and luxe living area, graciously donated by Karen Arakelian of The Gloria Foundation and White House Designs for Life, to help families feel safe and comfortable.

A big portion of the project was funded by the Provident Bank Foundation, thanks to a 100 thousand dollar signature grant. “It’s going to address the needs of domestic violence victims in a special, holistic way. This cause is very important to myself, my board, and my staff,” says Jane Kurek, executive director of the Provident Bank Foundation.

JBWS also partnered with the Morristown Police Department in the startup of this safe haven.

“I was overwhelmed to see that there was a police officer on staff at the Center,” says Claire, a domestic violence survivor. “You have no idea how much it means to a victim who needs support.”

If you or a loved one is a victim of domestic abuse, please visit JBWS.org for more information.