The Center for Hope and Safety: Rebuilding lives beyond Domestic Violence (formerly Shelter our Sisters)

Center for Hope & Safety: Rebuilding lives beyond Domestic Violence (formerly Shelter Our Sisters)

24 hour Hotline (201) 944-9600/TTY (201) 836-3071

Center for Hope and Safety assists women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. Available 24 hours, seven days a week, Center for Hope & Safety is Bergen County’s only nonprofit organization that provides safe housing, hotline counseling and life-changing support services to thousands of women and children each year.

Since 1976, Center for Hope & Safety’s mission is to foster healing and change. We provide emergency and transitional housing, emotional support and a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency. Through voluntary community partnerships and group and individual contributions, Center for Hope & Safety raises awareness, provides critical services and educates community members about domestic violence.

Did you know?

*Every 12 seconds a woman in the US is beaten.

*Children from violence homes suffer from emotional and often physical abuse.

*1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.

*Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to exhibit behavioral and physical health problems.

What is Domestic Violence?

It is battering of the body, the mind and the spirit and includes: Verbal put downs, Threats of physical harm, Emotional abuse, Harassment, Physical abuse and Forced sexual relations.

Are you living with Domestic Violence?

Do you feel isolated? Is your partner or the person you live with, excessively jealous overly controlling, angry or badgering?  Does your partner blame you for the problems in the home? Does your partner ever humiliate you, slap you, curse at you or threaten you? Does your partner control all of the money? Are your afraid for your own or your children’s safety when your partner is around? If the answer is “Yes” to any of these questions, there is help. Call (201) 944-9600.

Center for Hope & Safety: Here for Victims of Domestic Violence:

Safe, confidential, emergency housing 24 hours a day for women and children:

*Families stay together in one bedroom.

*Three nutritional meals every day.

*Specially trained domestic violence counselors available day and night.

Counseling and Support:

*Individual and group counseling

*Parent support groups

*Project Self-Sufficiency (job readiness training)

*Community referrals and housing searches

*Bilingual services for Hispanic families. Services in other languages can be arranged.

A special focus on children:

*Individual and group counseling

*Creative arts therapy

*Preschool activities


*Child advocacy


*Community outreach through Project CHILD (Confidence, Hope, Independence, Love and Direction), whereby child victims receive individual and group art, play and music therapy plus case management and transportation.

Transitional Housing for Families:

*Five homes in Bergen County

*Skills building for Independent living

*Educational and employment guidance

*Help with securing permanent housing

Reaching Out into the Community:

*24 hour hotline

*Information and referrals

*Multi-cultural outreach

*Follow-up services for former residents

*Community education and training

Ways for you to get Involved:

Much of the funding for program services is through the benevolence and charity of donors and volunteers. This includes individual contributions, the purchase of personalized bricks in our “Pathway”, a bequest in a will or other planned giving opportunities. We also rely on the generosity of our volunteers, who contribute their time and skills.

To make a gift, join our mailing list or learn more about volunteer opportunities, call our administrative office at (201) 498-9247. Please visit us at

Center for Hope and Safety:

Administrative Office:

12 Overlook Avenue, Suite A

Rochelle Park, NJ  07663

(201) 498-9247/Fax: (201) 498-9256

Shelter Program Office:

P.O. Box 217

Hackensack, NJ  07602

Office: (201) 836-1075/Fax: (201) 836-7029

Project CHILD office:

12 Overlook Avenue, Suite C

Rochelle Park, NJ  07662

Office: (201) 300-6666/Fax: (201) 300-6667

Executive Director:

Elaine K. Meyerson, LSW, ACSW, DVS

Hotline: (201) 944-9600/Email:

The Center for Hope and Safety is a non-profit, incorporated agency in Bergen County, New Jersey. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Center for Hope and Safety pamphlet and I give them full credit on all the information. Please call or email the above numbers for more information on the service.







About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to The Center for Hope and Safety: Rebuilding lives beyond Domestic Violence (formerly Shelter our Sisters)

  1. jwatrel says:

    IF you feel victim to Domestic violence and abuse, please call or email the above numbers.

    Liked by 1 person

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