Dreams are illustrations... from the book your soul is writing about you.

Dreams are illustrations...
from the book your soul
is writing about you.
April 1, 2009 to
March 31, 2010
Our Mission
exists to enhance the quality of life and empower
individuals affected by, or at risk of, domestic
violence. The agency provides a full continuum of
services, including crisis counseling, support and
24 hours a day
Call Alternatives for Battered Women’s Hotline
(585) 232-7353
TTY (585) 232-1741
P.O. Box 39601 • Rochester, New York 14604
Hotline (585) 232-7353 • TTY (585) 232-1741
Visit our website at www.abwrochester.org
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Our Message
…from the Executive Director
ur community saw more domestic
violence homicides in the first half of
2010, than in all of 2009. Clearly, our
work is still needed, and the message
needs to be stressed now more than ever:
violence against women and children cannot be
tolerated—and is everyone’s business.
Cathy Mazzotta
Any loss is tragic, but ones where children lose
their lives are especially so—particularly when
it’s at the hands of someone who’s supposed to protect them, not
harm them. Such a tragedy illustrates in the extreme, how obsessed
abusers are with controlling their victims—how entitled they feel
to be in control, all the time, over everyone and everything. Small
wonder, then, it’s so hard for someone to leave an abuser, when the
consequences can be so frightening.
With your support, we will continue
to be the beacon of hope that so
many members of our community so
desperately need. When you help us,
we can help them!
That’s why agencies like ABW are needed now more than ever—so
we can show someone in such a dangerous situation that there is a
way out, to be safe and free from harm, so that they can know peace
of mind once again. With your support, we will continue to be the
beacon of hope that so many members of our community so desperately
need. When you help us, we can help them! Thank you for making a
difference, and for making our community a safer place.
Catherine Mazzotta, LCSW
Executive Director
Thank you for your support!
Our Message
…from the Board Chair
ometimes it’s hard to know what to
think—the news some days is positive,
other days, not so much. Like most of
us, I want to believe times are getting better,
and that the gloom and doom we’ve all been
subjected to over the past few years is finally
The truth is, though, that some days it’s one step
forward and two steps back, and other days, it’s
Teresa Anderson
the opposite. The path to recovery is seldom
linear, whether it’s our economy, or the steps
one of our clients must take to escape their abuser and begin leading a
violence-free life. In both cases, we have to be patient, understanding,
and realize that life is seldom as uncomplicated as we’d like it to be.
One of the most important services ABW offers our community isn’t
just support for those we serve, it’s the understanding that real change
The path to recovery is seldom linear,
whether it’s our economy, or the
steps one of our clients must take to
escape their abuser and begin leading a
violence-free life.
takes time, and is seldom an easy or straightforward process. It’s a
lesson I know I can use in my own day-to-day experiences, and one we
can all learn from.
I’m proud to work with an agency that helps so many people take
whatever steps they need to rebuild their lives, and the lives of their
children. It may take longer to get there than we’d like—the path may
be winding and unpredictable—but we’ll get there!
Teresa Anderson
Board Chair
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Program Highlights
Always remember
that the future comes
one day at a time.
— Dean Acheson
Thank you for your support!
ABW’s shelter continues to run at or near capacity week after week,
with an annual occupancy rate of 96%. We offer a safe place to stay,
counseling and support for the future, and reassurance that things will
get better.
“One and a half years
ago, I went to some of
^^ We housed 221 women and 165
your group sessions;
children, for a total of 386*
today, I am separated
^^ The average length of stay was
from my husband. Thank
18.39 days.
you for all your support
^^ As always, we maintained 100%
and the encouragement
safety and security for our residents
you offered. You truly
from their batterers.
^^ Once again, we served over 64,000 helped me to move
meals and snacks to our residents,
forward and realize my
while still managing to keep our
dream. Thanks.”
budget at the incredibly low cost of
-former client
just over $1 per meal, despite rising
food and other costs
Children’s Services
The most severely affected victims of domestic violence are often the
youngest ones—they see their loved ones abused, and can do so little
about it (and are often themselves the target of abuse). Through
counseling, play, even just a lot of cuddling, we make sure they feel
safe and secure—something that many of them may know for the first
time when they come to stay with us.
^^ Total playgroup attendance: 7,843 for children in residence and 310
for children in the community (total: 8,153)**
^^ Offered 15 playgroups during the week, and four on weekends, for a
total of almost 1,000 over the year
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Program Highlights
For every client helped in our shelter, we assist three times as many
women and children in our non-residential programs! Yes, we do offer
emergency housing for victims of domestic violence—but we’re so much
more than just that…
No matter what time of day or night—whether someone needs to know
how to gain access to our shelter, or just needs some words of advice
or support—we’re here for them, 24 hours a day, nights, weekends, and
^^ Responded to 2,101 new and 3,426 repeat calls, for a total of 5,527
^^ Provided counseling 6,199 times and information 5,367 times
^^ Gave crisis counseling 622 times; advocacy 8,789 times; and
referrals 7,081 times
Transitional Support Services
Whether someone has left our shelter recently, or never lived there, the
need for help is still great. Group or individual counseling, help with
things like finding an apartment or changing schools—whatever someone
needs, we’re there to offer support and assistance.
^^ Delivered individual and closed-group services to 220* victims of
domestic violence
^^ 318* non-residential women attended community support groups
^^ 65* people participated in outreach groups off-site
^^ Project Keepsafe met with 240* victims/survivors of domestic
violence, conducted 90 group sessions, and presented an 8-hour
training session for the community
^^ Mentored and provided support to 6 victims/survivors of domestic
violence through the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program.
These women are pursuing associates degrees in nursing and criminal
justice; and bachelors and masters degrees in social work
*unduplicated numbers
**duplicated numbers/repeat visits
Thank you for your support!
Court Advocacy
Our staff and volunteers, housed permanently at the Hall of Justice,
work tirelessly to help clients seeking Orders of Protection. The legal
system can be overwhelming for someone who’s new to it—and already
feeling overwhelmed by the changes she’s made in her life. We’re there
to help guide our clients through the process, with support, counseling,
and referrals to our partners at Legal Aid.
^^ Assisted 1,810 clients, impacting 3,126 children
^^ Made 856 referrals to Legal Aid Society of Rochester for
representation on Orders of Protection
Domestic Violence Education and
Community Awareness
We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if all we did was address the effects
of domestic violence, but nothing to prevent its occurrence in the
future. The best way to lessen the impact of this horrible crime, is to
stop it before it starts—and the best way to accomplish that, is to talk
to students, beginning in middle school, and continuing in high school
and college, about dating violence and how to stop abuse before it
starts. We believe strongly in this investment in the future safety of our
community, and devote thousands of hours of staff time every year to
reaching this goal.
^^ Gave 478 presentations to 13,756 students, representing 40 high
schools, 12 middle and elementary schools, 7 alternative high
schools (11 school districts total); 15 colleges and adult education
^^ Met with 29 youth groups/a total of 737 young people
^^ Speaker’s Bureau gave 94 presentations to 3,148 people (legal
community, health care professionals, etc.)
^^ A total of 601 presentations were given to 17,641 people
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Program Highlights
Volunteer Services
With our wonderful volunteers, it’s all too true—we truly “couldn’t do it
without you!” As with most agencies, we never have enough resources
to do everything we’d like—including human resources. That’s where
our volunteers step in, lending a hand, hugging a child, listening to a
client who just needs a shoulder to lean on. Their enthusiasm, passion
and cheerfulness is invaluable!
^^ 44 volunteers provided 6,750 hours of service, plus 30 special event
volunteers (annual fundraiser and volunteer phonathon). Valued at
$20.85 an hour, this represents a total value of $140,737!
^^ Fifth annual Annette Itkin Volunteer of the Year Award given to
board member Michelle Ashby (indirect service) and Martha Dieter
(direct service).
^^ Two new members were voted onto our Board of Directors at our
annual meeting in November 2009
“I just wanted to let you know
how much I appreciate your
coming in to speak yesterday. You
did a fantastic job and the kids
really thought it was worthwhile. It was funny, one of the boys isn’t
even in that class - his girlfriend
made him come listen! One of
the girls stayed to talk with me
after class and I am hoping she
will be contacting ABW soon. She said you really opened her
eyes to some things in her own
relationship and she is ready
to get some help in leaving it. Mission accomplished!”
-health teacher,
Rochester area school
Thank you for your support!
Volunteer Recognition
Every year, ABW is proud to recognize members of our community who speak out
against domestic violence, and work toward its eradication. We are thrilled to give
the following individuals and groups the thanks they so richly deserve.
Restore the Hope Award
This award is presented to an individual, business or organization in our community for
their commitment to restoring hope to victims of domestic violence. This year, it is our
honor to present the Restore the Hope Award to New York State Assemblywoman Susan
John, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of ABW, and victims of domestic violence
everywhere, during her 19+ years as a member of the State Assembly. She has successfully
advocated for funding for domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, family support
services, early direction childhood programs and teen pregnancy prevention. She currently
sponsors legislation that would provide domestic violence victims with up to 90 days of
unpaid leave of absence from work to address ongoing domestic violence.
She authored New York State’s Anti-Stalking Law, and also sponsored legislation to increase
the criminal penalty for violating a court order of protection, and increase penalties for
Assemblywoman John is a member of the Greater Rochester Association of Women
Attorneys and an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International as well
as a member of the Center for Women Policy Studies Foreign Policy Institute for State
Legislators. Susan is a nationally recognized legislator; serving on the Women’s Network of
the National Conference of State Legislators
Stop the Hurt Award
This award recognizes individuals or organizations that work to educate and make our
community aware of the issue of domestic violence. ABW is pleased to present this year’s
Stop the Hurt Award to Mary Beth Conway from the Volunteer Legal Services Program. She
offers a legal clinic for ABW residents every month, and has done so faithfully for the past
five years.
The clients have difficult and emotional legal issues, and she handles it all with compassion
and clarity. She also trains ABW staff on the basics of the legal system as it relates to
domestic violence. We are so grateful for the donation of her time and expertise over the
Special Friend Award
PDQ Delivery Services certainly fits this description: They donate their courier services
to us, whenever we need them, saving us time and hundreds of dollars every year; and
their owner, Don Pederson, volunteers in our playroom weekly, working with some of our
youngest clients—many of whom certainly benefit from a positive male role model. The
folks at PDQ are shining examples of folks who give with a generous heart, never expecting
anything in return (but, we hope, enjoying the feeling of lending a helping hand when it’s
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2009/2010 Financials
Operating Revenue
Reimbursement from government agencies
(fee for services)____________________ 1,052,283
Government and agency grants____________ 639,997
United Way funding______________________ 160,000
Gift income_ ___________________________ 327,183
Value of donated goods and services ________ 10,440
Miscellaneous Income ____________________ 11,231
TOTAL OPERATING REVENUE_ _________ 2,201,134
Government and
agency grants
Operating Expenses
Services______________________________ 1,723,948
Management and general_________________ 318,974
Fundraising Expenses ____________________ 165,369
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES__________ 2,208,291
7% ited W
Gift income
Non-Operating Revenue
Investment income (loss) net______________ 318,176
Value of
donated goods
and services
Summarized Balance Sheet
(as of March 31, 2010)
Cash___________________________________ 374,479
Accounts receivable_ ____________________ 347,835
Pledges receivable_______________________ 193,083
Property & Equipment (net)_____________ 1,112,104
Other___________________________________ 31,651
TOTAL ASSETS_ ____________________ 2,059,152
Liabilities______________________________ 386,926
Net assets____________________________ 1,672,226
TOTAL AGENCY BUDGET______________ 2,119,086
Thank you for your support!
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Exp drais
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2009-2010 Board of Directors
Teresa M. Anderson (President)
Michelle Ashby
Andrew Cappotelli
Margaret (Maggie) Clemens
Louis Gattozzi
Monica Guardino (Treasurer)
Sandra Harte
Karen Kremer
Olga Mendez
Jeannie Morley
Patricia Rissone
Sharon Rivais
Amy Roxin (Secretary)
Debra Salmon
Ed Shill
Erica Tickle (Vice President)
Administrative and Program Staff
Catherine Mazzotta, LCSW Valerie Edwards-Brown
Finance Director
Executive Director
Janine Lucas
Assistant Executive
Karen Ackerman
Facilities Manager
Deb Howe Allen
Director of Development
Pamela Graham
Domestic Violence
Prevention Education
Program Coordinator
Michele Kaider
Court Advocacy Coordinator
Carolyn Washington
Residential Services Director
Ruth Kramer
Volunteer Services
P. J. Leccese
Janet Chaize, MS, LMHC
Food Service Manager
Transitional Support Services
You’re braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem, and
smarter than you think.
—Christopher Robin (to Winnie the Pooh)