By Sandra E. García
$4.50 may be just enough to buy a quick meal, or a large cup of coffee, but at the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC), $4.50 saves and changes lives.
The DWDC is in dire need of funding in order to continue to serve as a lifeline for women and families from northern Manhattan and the Bronx suffering from domestic violence and other abuse.
The $4.50 represents the subway or bus fare many of the women need to travel to and from the many support and counseling services offered at DWDC, which offers assistance to women, men and children.
“We are losing more funding even though we are providing [more of] the services that are required,” said Karina Aybar-Jacobs, Director of DWDC’s Nuevo Amanecer [New Awakening] program, which specifically cares for women and families suffering from domestic abuse.
DWDC has suffered the loss of funding as a result of state budget cuts in the last fiscal year, and is currently in critical need of support to close the shortfall.