What a glorious thing the Gloria Foundation’s celebration turned out to be!
Guests enjoyed a party with a view at Waterside Restaurant & Catering in North Bergen all in support of the safety and serenity of women.
“The Gloria Foundation is a non-for-profit that supports domestic violence victims,” Founder Karen Arakelian told #HipNJ’sKimberely Merlo. “I started it a little over a year ago in memory of my mother who was a domestic violence victim.”
The Gloria Foundation doesn’t stand alone in the fight to protect women; they support the Jersey Battered Women’s Service andFamily Promise. The Foundation also lends a hand in furnishing safe houses.
“Anything a woman can need, we try to supply,” Karen said.
Patty Sly, Executive Director of Jersey Battered Women’s Service, said they’ve been partnered since the inception of the Gloria Foundation. In fact, the celebration’s proceeds were going to theFamily Justice Center Project, a JBWS endeavor. The new center will offer increased safety for domestic violence victims and improve coordination of services they require.
“This is a different way of providing services to domestic violence victims,” Patty Sly said.
Speaking of different, the Gloria Foundation generates revenue—to be donated, of course—by means of Design Consign, a luxe consignment shop. With almost 10,000 square feet of designer clothes, accessories and furniture, each sale made is a stride made in terms of providing services for women in need.
“We get to see first hand when things come in and it’s such a great cause,” Volunteer Olivia Snoddy said. “It’s the best way to shop.”
At any given time the Gloria Foundation has between 20 and 30 volunteers making waves into the pond of protection for all women!
For more information, visit TheGloriaFoundation.org.