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Our Fourth Annual Vigil

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
On November 2, we held our Fourth Annual Vigil in Van Saun County Park.  Jody Mullen, a soloist from Music for All Seasons, sang three songs throughout the vigil.  Bruce Van Hoven accompanied her on the piano.  Julye Myner, our Executive Director, began the vigil by reading a survivor's story.  Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle and Honorable Maura DeNicola talked about the need for change in our laws.  Patrice Lenowitz, a DV survivor, emphasized how important our agency's services are to DV victims.  Several of the attendees then spoke about family members they had lost due to domestic violence.  The vigil ended with a song and the attendees circling our pathway in remembrance of all those who have been affected by domestic violence.vigil 2016

Meet Our New Executive Director

Friday, January 1, 2016


JM She is Julye Myner, PhD, who served as Chief Operating Officer of Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson since 2007. Dr. Myner succeeds Elaine Meyerson, who retired at the end of 2015 after nearly 30 years as head of CHS.

Equipped with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Myner worked to fund and develop a number of new programs at Jewish Family Service, including: mental health counseling for child and adult victims of domestic violence; integrated mental health counseling and job search coaching programs for victims of domestic violence and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome; and a job readiness program for adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Dr. Myner has extensive experience in organizational leadership, staff training and development, assessment of community needs, grant writing, program development and implementation, and outcomes-driven management. She also previously worked as Program Director of Community-Based Child Welfare Programs for Family Service Bureau of Newark from 2004-2007, overseeing recruitment, training, and home evaluations of prospective foster homes, as well as support services to foster families. From 1999-2002 she served as a Staff Clinician at Community Treatment Solutions in Moorestown, NJ.

“Domestic violence is a significant problem in all segments of our community.  Each year, there are approximately 4,000 incidents of domestic violence reported to the police in Bergen County, and one in four women reports having been a victim of domestic violence.  Now at the helm of CHS, I am eager to apply my skills, knowledge and expertise to continue and expand the critical services of the Center, providing safety, hope and strength.”

We made the Headlines!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014
TV, newspaper, and magazines

Verizon FiOS 1 NJ did a segment about our agency. Click here to check it out!

CHAS Associate Executive Director Lil Corcoran was a panelist to raise awareness on Domestic Violence in the city of Englewood. Read more about it...Click here!

Our 2nd Annual Candlelight Vigil and "Pathway to Self Sufficiency" Brick Dedication on October 28, 2014 at the Van Saun County Park. To read more about here.

CHAS Board Member Jeff Forster’s article in this month’s edition of the Healthcare Marketers Exchange entitled “One Too Many”. Click here to read more.

The Record's Letter to the Editor "Domestic Violence: Bigger than the NFL" by  Board President Susan O'Dwyer...Click here to read.

NJ News 12 takes an inside look at SOS! Click here to watch the segment!

State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg's Roundtable on DV

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg  led a roundtable discussion on domestic violence today at our new community center in Rochelle Park.

Sweeney and Weinberg Roundtable

To read more about the discussion, click on any of the following links:



Shelter Our Sisters Has Changed Its Name!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The agency will now be known as...

Our name has been changed to better reflect the expanding range of programs and services we provide to families affected by domestic violence. In 1976 the organization offered emergency shelter to women and children in the moment of crisis. Today we have evolved and grown to offer a comprehensive array of programs and services designed to help families build new lives, free of violence and the fear of violence. “We want to let the communities we serve better understand our broader mission,” said Elaine K. Meyerson, Executive Director. “Another reason for the name change is that we are not just helping ‘sisters.’ In fact, approximately half of the people we serve are children. And we are able to assist and refer adult male victims as well.”

We want to thank everyone in the community who has supported SOS over the past four decades, and everyone who will support the Center for Hope and Safety in the future.

The new web address for the agency is

For more information, contact Elaine K. Meyerson, Executive Director at; 201-498-9247 x302, or Jean Kirch, Development Director, at; 201-498-9247 x301.

P.S. We celebrate and announce our new name in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Visit our website for the many activities planned this month to help raise awareness about domestic violence and the services we provide.

Eileen Fisher Awards Center for Hope and Safety with a Community Partnership Grant

Center for Hope and Safety received a grant from Eileen Fisher for its Transitional Housing Program. Eileen Fisher supports nonprofits that are located in the same town or city as one of their offices, retail stores or showrooms. They also support women and girls through social initiatives that address their well-being.



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