Since 1978, members of the Harford County community have been coming together to put an end to domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and stalking. For over 40 years, SARC has been providing free and life-saving resources to women, men and children impacted by intimate partner violence. These life-saving resources include the 24 hour Helpline, 28-bed Safehouse, Counseling Services (for adults and children), Legal Representation & Advocacy, and so much more.
Every October, the SARC Holiday Project kicks off. This program provides SARC clients with a Thanksgiving meal and the opportunity to be adopted for the holiday season. This year, over 90 families (comprised of 284 individual family members) were adopted and over 200 Thanksgiving meals were delivered. These families all utilize SARC’s free services and resources. This is all made possible by the overwhelming response from generous donors and volunteers in the community who sign up annually to adopt a family in need. Without the Holiday Project, most of these families who are fleeing abuse and working to rebuild their lives would not be able to celebrate the holiday season. Safety and a lack of financial resources are two hurdles that victims of intimate partner violence face on a daily basis.
The Holiday Project is about much more than gifts and presents. According to one volunteer, “It’s truly amazing to see how many people sign up during one of the busiest times of year to help others. The donors go above and beyond. The lists are usually small and many of the mothers ask for cleaning supplies, silverware, and blankets. I think when donors see this they really see what is needed and want to do what they can to help make someone’s holiday a brighter one than it would have been.”
SARC CEO Luisa Caiazzo said of the Holiday Project, “We are so very fortunate to be a part of such a giving community who always answers the call to help. Donors and volunteers truly go above and beyond to make sure this time of year is a magical one. It truly provides a bright moment for SARC families who are working to rebuild their lives and begin the healing process.”
Since 1978, SARC has provided hope and resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, and stalking. Services include a 24 Hour-Helpline (410-836-8430), counseling for adults and children, legal advocacy and representation, a confidential safe house, hospital accompaniment program, and community outreach and education. To learn more about SARC visit www.sarc-maryland.org or call SARC’s Administrative Services at 410-836-8431.