In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, colleagues at St. Peter’s, Albany Memorial, Samaritan, and St. Mary’s hospitals raised money and donated needed items throughout October to support women and children residing in shelters run by area nonprofit organizations Equinox and Unity House.
“Recognizing and responding to need in our communities is the driving force and the heart of the Mission of St. Peter’s Health Partners,” said Virginia Golden, CEO of St. Peter’s Hospital and Albany Memorial Hospital. “When a need is identified, particularly when individuals and families with the fewest resources are struggling, it is our duty to act. We are honored to offer Equinox and Unity House our assistance in serving those most vulnerable individuals and families in our community.”
St. Peter’s Hospital medical staff were among the groups who stepped up to the challenge, raising $5,000 to present to Dorothy Cucinelli, CEO of Equinox, in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Employees at St. Peter’s Hospital and Albany Memorial Hospital collected clothing, baby supplies, diapers, and toiletries throughout October. They ultimately filled three large loading dock bins with items for the women and children served by the Equinox shelter.
The Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at Samaritan Hospital also spearheaded an effort among their colleagues at Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals to collect diapers, shampoo, soap, tampons, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and more for Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services program.
Staff and friends from throughout St. Peter’s Health Partners Acute Care Troy collected and donated two carloads of goods for Unity House. The collected donations went to Sojourner Place, Unity House’s shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Thank you to everyone throughout St. Peter’s Health Partners who donated their time, talent and treasure to the endeavor – your generosity is greatly appreciated!