Start September Out Fresh with a Walk for SOFIA

3rd-Annual-Walk-SOFIALast May, Shanae Howard was shot and killed by her boyfriend in Montclair. Monica Paul and Shazmina Khan lost their lives to domestic violence.

To increase awareness and help women and their families heal, SOFIA, a non-profit that aims to help victims of domestic violence become self-sufficient, positive and successful, will hold its third annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on Saturday, September 7. A walk for empowerment, held every year in Montclair’s beautiful Canterbury Park, the event is a fundraiser to help support domestic abuse awareness and prevention in our own area and neighboring communities.

SOFIA, or Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates, develops workshops on Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Bullying, Developing Healthy Relationships, Being a Supportive Ally, as well as hosting a support group for survivors and victims of domestic violence.  SOFIA helps those who have experienced violence in their home lives to find empowerment and strength within themselves.

As the organizers of SOFIA say, “It takes a village to raise a child; it also takes a team to impact our community.”

Get your own team together and join the walk on Saturday, September 7th to support this important organization! Teams can sign up to walk for $35, and individuals can sign up for $10. Registration begins at 9 am, and the walk starts at 10 am. Bring a group from work or your block or your favorite coffee shop to walk together to better your community!

For more information about SOFIA, the Third Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence, or programs in our area, please contact organizers at 973-932-0503 or email here.

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