Portal To Hope Victim Advocate, Nita Yung, visited with Eileen Dern, Director of Community Services at Hallmark Health, to thank Eileen and her team for their commitment to ending abuse. Hallmark Health has been a long-standing partner of Portal To Hope's, having provided office space and other support the award-winning nonprofit in Malden and Medford for seventeen years. Yung, who has partnered with team members at Hallmark Health to coordinate outreach activities over the years in the Malden community, recognizes Hallmark Health's leadership in the cause to end domestic violence. "People turn to hospitals and medical facilities for help from abuse, and Portal To Hope is thankful to Hallmark Health, where our close-knit partnership has worked to provide aid to an average of nine hundred people in Massachusetts each year," said Yung.
Founded in Malden in 1996 by Deborah Fallon, a survivor of violent crime, herself, Portal To Hope has remained based in the Malden community and expanded over the last twenty-one years, serving as a community-based program in the Everett, Lynn, Medford and Winthrop cities and town. Portal To Hope relies heavily on its team of volunteers and program partners to serve victims of domestic violence and conduct outreach for violence prevention on the grassroots level. Local business partners, including Hallmark Health, Empire Beauty School and Everett Bank, recently helped to promote Portal To Hope's service programs during October, which is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month".
On November 25th, Portal To Hope will celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, beginning sixteen days of activism in each of the communities it serves. To get involved and support Portal To Hope's work, please call (781) 338-7678.