Cathy Stephens – Jersey Battered Women’s Service - 10/23/15
Today I had the pleasure of announcing Cathy Stephens of Jersey Battered Women’s Service as the 38th New Jersey Hero! Cathy was chosen as part of our fifth online public selection process for the NJ Hero Award. I am honored to name Cathy a Hero this month, as October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Jersey Battered Women’s Service is a full-service domestic violence and domestic abuse prevention agency. The services include a 24-hour hotline, counseling, a safe house for victims to stay, transitional living for clients who have moved past the safe house program, children’s services, life skills education, vocational counseling, batterers’ intervention, legal assistance, teen dating violence services, and much more. Cathy Stephens has been working for the organization for the past 25 years, most recently in the role of Director of Client Services. In her time at JBWS, Cathy has changed the lives of many families escaping the vicious cycle that is domestic violence. She has also voluntarily supervised more than 25 student interns more than 100 staff members, many o whom have come back to the agency to work. She has collaborated with countless community members and agency partners, and she has positively impacted the lives of thousands of domestic violence victims – people who now can proudly call themselves survivors.
Cathy has dedicated so much of her life to helping these women seek shelter and feel safe in their greatest hour of need. She continues to stay in touch with many of her clients who have graduated the transitional living program and now live on their own or with their families. It is people like Cathy, who give so selflessly, who make New Jersey such a great state. I am proud to name Cathy a New Jersey Hero.
For more details on Jersey Battered Women’s Service, please visit their website: http://www.jbws.org/