Agencies we work with address a range of needs including: mental health, substance abuse, food pantries, identification assistance, rental assistance, veteran services, clothing needs, job training programs, and social services. m_gallery_blog_id = "8001122"; The center will offer health care services, support groups, financial literacy and parenting classes. about the shani baraka women's resource center: Since its May 2017 opening, the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center continues its mission to empower women and their families in crisis and transition; to achieve safe, healthy, and self-sufficient lives by providing support, education, counseling, information, and services in a safe environment. Visit the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center at … Holmes said she'd be at the center as often as she could to make sure it succeeded. The Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center provides FREE programs and services on … ... Mayor Baraka Addresses Newark City Council on Public Safety reorganization - Duration: 28:12. 4 Feb 19 (PLEASE SEE ATTACHED The Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center is one of the City of Newark’s many hidden jewels. m_gallery_creation_date = "Friday, May 12, 2017, 3:16 PM"; A wall-sized mural of Baraka and her longtime partner, Rayshon Holmes, is painted inside another room. In addition, a hotline has been created to connect LGBTQ+ residents to social services after they call the police. Loading... Unsubscribe from NWK TV? Both ECFJC and the Shani Baraka Center focused on strategies to assist communication by victims isolated at home. He said victims of abuse could come to the center to report a crime and stay in the same building to receive the services they need. CAGNASSOLA. Most recently, Alexis has interned with the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center where she facilitates psychoeducational groups and provide mental health counseling to clients of the center. It will be operated through the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center. Here was a building named after his younger sister Shani Baraka, who was fatally shot by her older sister's estranged and abusive husband. Inside the building's white clean walls, photos of Shani Baraka emanate from frames. The Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center Opens with Police Domestic Violence Response Team and Services for Women in Crisis Walker's Legacy, Mayor Baraka and Newark CEDC Launch Moms Who Hustle Financial Empowerment Program Our Case Management staff have partnered with many area organizations to provide referrals to our shelter guests. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. "It gives me hope that women can make it because this right here is going to help somebody ... and bring hope to a community, to what people thought was a dying community," said Sandra Holmes, Rayshon's mother. Obalaji Baraka, 49, the eldest brother, said Shani Baraka was active in the community and her name can make women feel more comfortable when coming to seek help. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Shan! Location: Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center. Karen Yi may be reached at kyi@njadvancemedia.com. Holmes, 60, looked through the center's large window that looked out into the Stratford Apartments where she raised her kids. Once an abandoned lot, the 12,000 square-foot Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center on 300 Clinton Avenue in the South Ward will operate as a one-stop shop for women in … m_gallery_id = "22673293"; They set up an encrypted … After Amina and Amiri gave birth to four more children three sons and one daughter (Ras, Amiri, Ahi, and "The most vulnerable amongst us will finally get help," Baraka said Friday as his brothers stood behind him. Essex County College continues to proudly … Like Shani, Kimako was an artist, a dancer and an actress, she was black, small and like our little Shani, Gay. Organizations like Wynona's House, Planned Parenthood, United Way and the Association of Black Psychologists will provide supportive services. I feel like we're not being overlooked.". Join our team and help move Newark forward. While interning with the Bronx Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team for 10-12 hours a week she assisted staff on their home visits to clients with severe and mild mental health disabilities. Located in the City’s South Ward close to the Central and East Wards, this Center for Women provides all types of resources. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. 02/28/2019. All rights reserved (About Us). Story by: M.E. Story by: M.E. The Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center is a multi-faceted agency dedicated to providing free comprehensive services to meet the needs of women and their families in crisis and transition in need of emergency services, resources and information in the community. The small business grant was the first of six initiatives Mayor Baraka began launching last week to ease the financial pain and enhance the safety of Newark residents. The Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center is a multi-faceted agency dedicated to providing free comprehensive services to meet the needs of women and their families in crisis and transition in need of emergency services, resources and information in the community. "No matter what food you eat, what language you speak, the clothes you put on your back ... we are serving everyone in this community, whether you gay or straight," Baraka said. "Shani was a mentor, a teacher, the kids loved her, she was a basketball coach. Picking up the donations has been extremely helpful - the women and men in our community are very grateful and appreciative of the donations and the people who are giving the donations are very happy that they can give. "They can relate now, they can feel comfortable ... and if we stop one it's better than none.". Raising a picture of Shani up high, Mr. Baraka said: "Remember, Shani!" Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness - Shani Baraka Women's Center Expansion Year 3 $116,026 Irvington Counseling Center - Expansion of Counseling Care $100,000 JESPY House - Accessibility for All Up to $100,000 Follow her on Twitter at @karen_yi or on Facebook. m_gallery_pagetype = "embed"; College’s Community Connection volunteers: From left, Natalie Behman, Ada Torres, Xiomara Gavidia, Dora Castro and Kathlyn Battle College’s Dr. Eunice Kamunge and Shadiquah Hordge at Fountain of Life Church Ada Torres at Shani Baraka Center Donation table at Shani Baraka Center. NEWARK, NJ — At the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center on Clinton Avenue, Project Manager Keesha Eure wields a phone in each hand as she takes calls and makes more, a juggling act Newark’s many social workers have come to know well as they adjust to the ways of service during a pandemic. Later Amiri translated to Swahili—Amiri and Amina. The goal of this center is to provide support, care,protection and empowerment for women by […] m_gallery = "shani_baraka_womens_resource_center_opens_in_newark"; "The resources here will be able to help other young women in various ways to improve their quality of life," South Ward Councilman John Sharpe James said. Images of Shani Baraka (courtesy of the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center) Advertisement Often shrouded in secrecy and shame, domestic violence is … Shani Baraka Center Opening NWK TV. The goal of this center is to provide support, care,protection and empowerment for women by the City of Newark and its partner agencies and to be a progressive center serving our community. She was a community person, she loved this city, she was a role model, she was an example in this community," Baraka said. Here was a center that could save a life -- and maybe a community. "It's going to be a testament to the idea that our community is coming alive," Baraka said. 1.8K likes. "I believe it's easier now because they have a name of a building that they recognize," he said. m_gallery_permalink = "http://photos.nj.com/8001122/gallery/shani_baraka_womens_resource_center_opens_in_newark/index.html"; YOPAT PRIDE and the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center Proudly Present "Poets United Against Domestic Violence" Join us for a night of poetry from 3 powerful sister wordsmiths, artists, and scholars. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Mayor Baraka said Shani wasn't just his sister. And Shani apparently had very deeply identified with Kimako, asking Amina many questions over the years about her. How I had felt about her being Gay. The Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center provides many services ranging from domestic violence counseling to employment & training. Freeholder Richardson, Mayor Baraka, Shaquille O’Neil, Councilman James, Governor Murphy. Here was a place women facing domestic violence or abuse could come to for help. "Even in her death, she is being helpful in the community still.". Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said 10 percent of last year's 93 homicides were related to domestic violence incidents. NEWARK -- Standing outside the new women's center bearing his late sister's name, Mayor Ras Baraka exhaled deeply, tears sliding down his face. Pregnant women and families with children under six years of age, can pick up two cases of bottled water every two weeks, Monday through Friday at the Newark Health Department WIC Program and the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center. "We did it, we kept our promise and it's only fitting that it bears the name Shani Baraka.". "It means that we're being recognized," said Christina Bright, 28, who said she survived an abusive relationship five years ago. 300 Clinton Ave. Newark, NJ 07108 College’s Caring Side Shines Bright. We need volunteers to go door-to-door, phone bank or host meet-and-greets. Shani Baraka Center Grand Opening. Let’s help build Newark into the great city it’s meant to be! To expand and grow to meet the changing needs in women’s lives, and help provide the gift of help, hope and healing. m_gallery_title = "Shani Baraka Women\'s Resource Center opens in Newark"; "Now I get to drive past here every day and see her name on the building.". The center is named for Mayor Baraka’s late sister Shani Baraka who, along with her partner Rayshon Holmes, was murdered in August of 2003, by Baraka’s estranged brother in law, who had an extensive history of domestic violence. Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Response Teams, Child Abuse & Neglect Programs & Services, HIV/AIDS Counseling & Testing Services, Mental Health, Grief & Trauma Counseling/Support, Employment & Training Case Management, Women’s Health & Family Planning, Support & Resources for the LGBTQ Community, Teen Bullying, Peer Pressure & Self-Esteem Services, Computer Lab, Anger Management Group, Substance Abuse Support & Prevention Group, Homelessness Support & Various Referrals. Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center, Newark, New Jersey. https://www.newarknj.gov/departments/shani-baraka-womens-resource-center. m_gallery_json = "https://blog.nj.com/photogallery/8001122/22673293.json"; Members of the Newark City Council and more than a hundred supporters gathered along Clinton Avenue for the grand opening -- some survivors of domestic violence themselves. "Them girls loved life," she said as she showed a reporter old photographs of Rayshon and Shani. reminded both my wife and me of my sister. 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