April 2011 Newsletter

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  April 2011
In This Issue
EmPOWER Breakfast
Supporter Spotlight
Denim Day 2011
In the Community
Volunteer Highlights
Shelter Updates
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EmPOWER Breakfast

Empower Breakfast2On April 7th, Chef/Owner Jody Adams graciously opened the doors of Rialto, Cambridge for the EmPOWER Breakfast.  With over fifty attendees, panelists- which included Jody Adams, JoanneChang of Flour Bakery +Cafe, and Atsuko Toko Fish, Chair Emeritus of the ATASK Board and recent Founder of the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston- shared stories of how they have been able to balance being a successful women and how they give back and empower others around them. With generous donations from sponsors, National Grid and Renee Inomata, and tickets purchased by attendees, the breakfast raised valuable funds to empower women and their children to lead violence-free lives.

Empower Breakfast1

left to right: Atsuko Toko Fish-ATASK Chair Emeritus/Founder of the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund Boston/ Panel Speaker, Joanne Chang-Pastry Chef/Owner of flour bakery+cafe/ Panel Speaker, Janet Wu/7News -Host/ Moderator, Jody Adams-Chef/Owner of Rialto Cambridge/ Host/ Panel Speaker, Renee Inomata- Partner at Burns & Levinson, LLC/Host, Vivian Hsu- Principal of Hsu & Associates/Host, and Linda Chin, ATASK President

Supporter Spotlight

Bob's Discount Furniture    

Since their response to an emergency request from the shelter for mattresses and bedding last summer, Bob's Discount Furniture has continuously shown their support through helping two families who left the shelter and moved into their own apartments, by providing them with a starter set of living room, bedroom, and dining room Bob's Discount Furniture furniture. Thank you to Bob's Discount Furniture for their continuous support!  

Denim Day 2011

Denim Day is an anti-rape, anti-violence, and anti-victim blaming campaign for all peoples of the Boston area.  It's a time to remember that all people have the right to live life without sexual violence and without the fear of sexual violence, that we all have the ability to fight for that right.  


Requests for Denim Day Presentations  

Throughout April, YEP youth will be giving presentations and planning mini- events to promote awareness about Denim Day and to pass out anti-violence denim patches. Please contact Danny to schedule a time for YEP youth to come to your school/ class/organization/business.  


Requests for Anti-Violence Denim Patch 

On April 28th, we ask everyone to please wear denim jeans and have a custom-painted anti-violence denim patch made by YEP youth safety-pinned on your clothes or bag to protest against rape and violence in solidarity. For more information about Denim Day or to request denim patches, please contact Youth Education Coordinator Danny Ho at 617-338-2350 x 229 or visit our website and facebook event page.   


In the Community

Save the Date: 

April 21st, Thursday

Location: Lowell City Hall, MA

Time: 6PM     

Take Back the Night LowellTake Back the Night- Lowell is an event  for the men and women of the community to join together to voice the right to feel safe in the neighborhood, and to call an end to sexual and domestic violence. Meet at Lowell City Hall at 6pm; march through the Acre neighborhood to the Lowell Senior Center (276 Broadway St.) where there will be an open mic for survivors.  For more information, please contact Dahvy


April 21th , Thursday

Location: UMASS Boston  

Time: 3pm   

ATASK Education and Outreach team will be presenting a workshop on domestic violece for UMass Boston's Take Back the Night. For more information, please contact Qingjian Shi


April 28th , Thursday

Location: Boston-wide, Lowell, Worcester, Eastern MA  

For more information about Denim Day Boston, check out the facebook event


April 30st, Saturday  

Location: Lynn Common, Lynn, MA  

Time: 11am-5:00pm      

Join the Greater Lynn community for a day of traditional dance, live music, Southeast Asian cuisine, games, a fashion show, and information local organizations. For more information, please email or check out the facebook event.  


May 12th, Thursday

Location: 375 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA (Lowell City Hall, Mayor's Reception Room- 2nd Floor) 

Time: 7:30am  

Hosted by the Lowell City Manager's Task Force on Domestic Violence, the Legislative Breakfast promotes coordinated and preventive services, education, and legislative advocacy. There will be discussion about the current senate bills regarding domestic violence. For more information, please contact Michelle Ramalho- ED of the Lowell Senior Center or Kathy Kelly- ED of Alternative House. 


May 14th, Saturday  

Location: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall  

Time: 8:00PM 

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is a Boston- based orchestra whose musicians are also medical professionals dedicated to Healing the Community through Music. ATASK is honored to be one of the LSO's four community partners. For more information, please vist the website.  


May 26th, Thursday

Location: 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford Radisson Hotel  

Time: 9pm- 3:30pm 

Join us at the Asian Mental Health Forum to hear community health educators and service providers address the needs and unique mental health issues in Asian American communities and about the resources and support available in the Commonwealth. For more information, please contact Niem Nay-Kret or Amy Stanley


Anti-Dating Violence Workshops

ATASK is now scheduling anti-dating violence workshops for the spring! Contact Danny Ho (Youth Education Coordinator) at 617-338-  2350 x229 for more information or to schedule a workshop!

Volunteer Highlights 

Emily Davis and Patrice Fong were part of the Asian Empowerment Program (AWE)- a collaborative effort between ATASK and Suffolk University to help clients meet their educational and career goals through a custom program, which includes language tutoring, computer literacy, basic career counseling, workforce readiness, and support with job search. We thank our volunteers and interns who give their expertise and valuable time to the women and children impacted by domestic violence.  


"It was an honor volunteering at ATASK. The women that attend the AWE program are just as amazing as the staff here. I feel so blessed to have worked with these women, and been a part of changing their lives for the better. It was a fantastic experience; it is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."   

Emily Davis, student at Suffolk University


"As citizen of this world, I believe that everyone has a gift to give back to the society that provides for them on a daily basis. I would recommend ATASK to anyone who wants to not only make a difference in someone's life, but also to anyone who is curious about different aspects of society. There is always something to learn." 

Patrice Fong, student at Suffolk University

Shelter Updates

Shelter Requests:

Our shelter is currently in need of new blankets/comforters, towels, and toiletries. Please contact Cristina LeeThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , shelter director. Or to make a donation, please visit atask.org and indicate the purpose of your donation in the comments box. Thank you!