Friday, December 14, 2012

I'm Famous (Kind of. . .)

I thought I would share the latest issue of MAAV's newsletter, The Communicator.  If you read the entire thing you may recognize someone you know (toward the bottom)!  
I'll be signing autographs all weekend. Ha!

And while we're on the subject of MAAV - I can't believe I never blogged about the walk and First Lady Diane Patrick.  I think I was waiting to get pictures and then forgot.  It was such an awesome event.  
We were so honored to have Diane Patrick there and she shared her own personal story of surviving domestic violence with her first husband.  I think it is so very brave for such a public figure to share such a private situation.   

The Communicator 

December 2012

New logo

Annual Walk: Stand Up. Speak Out. Stand Together.
Bill & Lilah

Educational Group Offered in January:
Moving Forward
 in Your Relationships
MAAV is pleased to offer a 6-week educational program free of charge to the community, thanks to funding from the Lahey Clinic Community Foundation. Discussions will focus on: 

-Healthy Relationships
-Basic Relationship Rights
-Warning Signs of Abuse
-Building & Setting Boundaries
-Self-Esteem & Self-Care  

Please contact us online or call 781-662-2010 for more information or to register for the group.



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Greetings! As 2012 draws to a close, we want to thank you for your continued support which enables us to serve the community. This year was a great one for us, as we held one of the most successful Walks so far, and worked with the Melrose Public Schools to launch the Safe STEPS for Teens Project. And we're looking forward to an even better 2013! 

Diane Patrick at VigilMAAV's 17th Annual Walk a Great Success! 
Nearly 400 people braved the pre-hurricane weather to attend MAAV's 17th Annual Walk & Candlelight Vigil on October 28, making this our best event yet!

Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts, moved many in the crowd to tears with her emotional story of surviving domestic abuse. Melrose High School student Lilah Drafts-Johnson and local musician Bill McQuaid put on a stirring musical performance. And, best of all, so many community members joined us as we walked to raise awareness of domestic violence. View our slideshow to see some of our favorite moments! 

In all, we raised a grand total of $31, 681 and we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!!

MAAV Seeks Mentors for Middle School Youth
Did you know that mentored students are 27 percent less likely to start using alcohol than their peers? That they're almost 33 percent less likely to hit someone? That they're 52 percent less likely to skip a day of school?

And did you know that you can serve as a mentor to a deserving middle school student, right here in Melrose? The Melrose C.A.R.E.S. Community Mentoring Program, run by MAAV, is currently looking for volunteer mentors for the 2013 calendar year. Mentors tell us they get just as much from the program -- if not more! -- than the students they mentor.

Here's what Maureen Buzby, one of our former mentors, had to say: "Being able to develop a trusting relationship with a young girl who so recently moved with her family to the US has been a humbling experience. It has been a very special privilege to watch this young girl change as she has adjusted to life in America. It has been wonderful to see her confidence grow.  She is bright and amazingly talented.  She has seen and experienced things we can't even imagine.  She writes poetry that quite literally takes my breath away.  It is a pretty cool thing to feel in awe of a twelve year old."   

Learn more about our program here. If you're interested in serving as a mentor, you can contact MAAV or download an application from our website.

Parent Workshop Coming to Melrose High School 

Adolescence is an intense time of physical, intellectual, emotional and social development for children. As parents, it is a prime time to think about how to guide children towards healthy dating relationships and avoid unsafe or unhealthy relationships. The MHS PTO, together with MAAV, is offering an informative workshop that will help parents better understand the dynamics of an abusive relationship, learn how to promote healthy relationships, and intervene if their child is in danger.

"They Don't Call it 'Dating' Anymore: A Parent's Guide to Healthy and Unhealthy Teen Relationships" will be offered on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Melrose High School Resource Center, 360 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, MA.

This free presentation is open to the community, and is geared to parents of middle and high school students. No registration is required. For more information please email Ellen Shore. 

Melrose Leaders Attend Prevention Institute in Seattle 

The Safe STEPS for Teens Leadership Team recently attended a conference in Seattle focused on innovative teen dating violence prevention programs. The Team brought back a wealth of ideas and information to share with the project's 20-member Task Force. The group is currently planning an exciting awareness event to share the project's plans and kick-off Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month in February. Stay tuned for more details!
Pictured left to right: MAAV Director Rebecca Mooney, Melrose Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Patti White-Lambright, Director of Health & Athletics Pat Ruggiero and Director of Guidance John Buxton with Latinisha Lewis, STEP Grant Manager with the Office on Violence Against Women. 

JodiSpotlight on the Board

Jodi joined the MAAV Board of Directors in 2010 because she wanted to become more involved in the community. She hopes that through her involvement with MAAV, she can do her part to end domestic violence, dating violence, and bullying.

When not volunteering with MAAV, Jodi works as a medical social worker at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital where she oversees a "Safe Space" for victims. 

Jodi is involved with the Annual Walk Committee, and was the designer behind this year's gorgeous -- and very popular! -- domestic violence awareness bracelets. Jodi is also a mentor through AFC Mentoring in Boston and a member of the Boston Walk Committee for Multiple Sclerosis. And she also is a proud aunt to her two nieces, Peyton and Ella!

Melrose Alliance Against Violence | 235 West Foster Street | Melrose | MA | 02176


  1. How convenient that you just got those beautiful pictures taken :) That's a nice write-up. You do alot of good things for people and you deserve to be recognized. Keep it up!

  2. That's awesome! I think it's so great that you get involved with these organizations that you believe in.

  3. This is wonderful Jodi! You are such an asset to the community :)