Safe Homes Director Honored for Her Work
On June 20, 2012, Safe Homes Project Program Director Catherine Hodes was named a 2012 Brooklyn Woman of Distinction at a gala dinner hosted at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island. The annual tribute honors 25 Brooklyn women making an important impact in the borough.
Established in 2011 by the Community Newspaper Group and Courier Life Papers, the award highlights the accomplishments of women who have shaped the borough of Brooklyn. Amongst this year's recipients are health care professionals, community advocates, educators, and entrepreneurs. "I was honored to be included among the powerful and diverse women who work with such dedication and creativity on behalf of their communities," says Catherine.
For the past 17 years, she has led the Brooklyn-based Safe Homes Project which provides a hotline, counseling, support, safety planning, and advocacy for survivors of domestic abuse and runs a 20-bed shelter. The program also works vigorously to raise awareness through a variety of educational workshops and trainings on healthy relationships and abuse prevention, as well as hosting an annual Domestic Violence Remembrance Vigil each October.
Acknowledged as a passionate advocate, Catherine credits the Safe Homes staff with the program's successes over the years. "I am proud of the commitment of the SHP team and the way we continually support survivors and each other to reach for safety, justice, and peace" she says.
A special edition of the Brooklyn Paper profiles each honoree.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini
July 17, 2012