Saheli December Newsletter 2016
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Saheli Shines Light on Domestic Violence in Uncertain Times

By Shanta Poddar, Volunteer and Katy Hurley, Program Coordinator

In October of 2016, Saheli participated in and sponsored various events in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Throughout the fall, Saheli also undertook
research to better understand the prevalence of domestic abuse in New England's South Asian communities, and conduct a needs assessment of survivors of domestic abuse in 12 towns north and west of Boston in order to serve this population more effectively.

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Saheli Kicks Off College Readiness Program for South Asian Girls

By Katy Hurley, Program Coordinator

GulOn October 18th, 2016, Saheli held the kick-off event for the College Readiness Program for South Asian Girls. The program is funded by a generous grant from the Watertown Community Foundation to help young South Asian women in Watertown public schools prepare for college and their future careers. Read more on our blog

Thank You!
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Saheli thanks all of you, our generous donors to the Friends and Family Campaign and the Purple Purse Challenge. During October and November, many past and new donors sent much-needed donations by mail, PayPal, and online to Saheli. Your generous donations will sustain Saheli's essential services: the 24 x 7 bilingual helpline (1-866-472-4354), a trained domestic violence staff, a sage place to meet, and referrals to immigration, legal, health, and other services. It also will allow us to continue to give funds to women and families in crisis. Thank you for your generosity.  
"I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and thanks for everything you do for me... You have helped me in my toughest times and helped me be where I am today... I can't thank you enough. "

- Thank-you note from a client who survived transnational abandonment overseas

Upcoming Events

December 10th, 2016
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Special Presentation:
Types of Immigration Relief for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Presenter: Jessica Chicco, JD
Immigration Attorney at DOVE
INE Media Honors Saheli with "Best Non-Profit Organization" Award
By Gouri Banerjee, President of Board of Directors

Saheli was awarded "Best Non-Profit Organization" at India New England Media's New England Choice Awards on October 28th, 2016. The New England Choice Awards recognize the important work of South Asian individuals and organizations in the region.  Saheli was honored to be chosen for the "Best Non-Profit" Award along with LearnQuest, a music and arts academy. The date of the award (2016) also was significant because it marks 20 years of Saheli's services to the community. Read more on our blog.
The Board election is in April of 2017. Learn more and submit an application here.

Saheli Is Hiring:
AmeriCorp VISTA Development Specialist
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Help us provide crucial services to South Asian women and families in need. Donations are 100% tax deductible

Quincy Computer Class Expands Offerings, Completes 5th Graduating Class

By Vandana Sharma, South Shore Coordinator

In December, Saheli will have completed its fifth session of computer literacy classes in Quincy. This year, the program introduced Online Profile Development, Networking and Productivity Skills with a workshop held in collaboration with Studley Group of Quincy. 
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Volunteer Spotlight: Shivangi Shah

By Shanta Poddar, Volunteer

Shivangi Shah joined Saheli as a volunteer in the summer of 2016. She took a huge share of the responsibility of making Saheli’s online Purple Purse challenge a success. She worked tirelessly managing the technical aspects  of the fundraiser, and helped to write the messages and create the images and video. Read an interview with Shivangi.

Saheli is so grateful to have Shivangi serve as a volunteer! If you would like to volunteer for Saheli, please visit our website and fill out our volunteer application.

Domestic Violence Program at a Glance

Statistics are from January of 2016 to present.

Total # of Clients: 166



One-on-One Client Assistance


Legal Advocacy


Counseling by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Mental and Physical Health Advocacy


Police and Court Advocacy


Collaboration with Multi-Agency Referral


Housing/Shelter Advocacy 19


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