MONTVILLE, NJ – On Dec. 4, The Gloria Foundation, founded by Montville resident Karen Arakelian, donated $50,000 to the Jersey Battered Women’s Service to support the Morris Family Justice Center.
The mission of the Gloria Foundation is to help provide resources to local safe houses and domestic violence organizations, according to its website. Recently the organization held a fundraiser (see the article here) which raised $18,000 for domestic abuse victims.
The Morris Family Justice Center is a service center for survivors of domestic abuse, dating abuse, and sexual assault – both men and women. The center provides counseling, protection, legal and immigration assistance, children’s services and more, according to its website. It is located in Morristown, and lists as partners Morris CARES, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office among others. The center was founded in April by the Jersey Battered Women’s Service.
Dec. 4 marked the unveiling of the donor plaque at the center, and the living room where visitors can comfortably wait for appointments and services was named “Gloria’s Living Room” after Arakelian’s mother. The Gloria Foundation itself is named after Arakelian’s mother, a domestic abuse victim.
“I donated furnishings for the living room at the center, and The Gloria Foundation has pledged $100,000 of support over five years to the center,” Arakelian said. “We have raised and given them $62,000 in one and a half years.”
“Knowing how happy my mother, Gloria, would have been to be able to help people escape the nightmare she experienced, it was exciting to see her children and some of her grandchildren present for this unveiling,” Arakelian said. “It was truly a heartwarming moment that brought tears to my eyes!”
If you or a loved one is being subjected to domestic violence, please go to Jersey Battered Women's Service or call 973-267-4763. It is recommended to use a computer or phone that someone abusive does not have access to.