Thank you to all those who supported the 2017 Silk Road Gala on October 28, 2017! It was another wonderful evening of food and festivities in support of the programs and services of ATASK. This year's Gala, which highlighted the partnerships we have with many individuals and organizations in the community, marked ATASK's 25th Anniversary.  

Listen to the voices of some of the survivors who have passed through ATASK's doors, and see the impact ATASK has made over the past 25 years.  Please make a donation today, and support the 700 clients we serve each year.

I didn't know how to call 911


What Would You Do if You Couldn't Call 911?  

In these challenging times, ATASK needs your help more than ever. Despite losing some vital federal funding, we are still determined to deliver the same level of services to our clients, who inspire us with their desire to overcome domestic violence.

Asking for help is not always easy. Many of us take for granted that we can pick up the phone and call 911 in the event of an emergency. We also have the privilege of walking into a provider's office and asking for help, whether it be for medical, legal, housing, or employment matters. This, however, is not always the case for many of our clients. Due to language barriers, most of our clients do not have the English skills needed to navigate the systems here in the U.S.

Lin is a Chinese immigrant who was afraid to call 911 because she couldn't speak English.  ATASK was able to get her the help she needed.  Lin came to our emergency shelter, got legal help, enrolled her child in daycare so she could take English classes, and then later entered a job training program. With the support of ATASK, Lin is now employed, and is proud to be raising her son in a safe and happy environment.

I didn't know how to call 911

These are difficult times for immigrants, and even more so, for those who live in fear in their very own homes.  These are also difficult times for the non-profit agencies that work with vulnerable populations.

ATASK is seeing an increased demand for services, and without your help, we will need to turn families away. ATASK needs to raise an additional $50,000 to ensure that we have the staff essential to respond to the needs of victims.

Please make a donation today! Your gift will provide immediate resources to people like Lin.

ATASK Receives Cummings Foundation Grant

ATASK is one out of 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program.  ATASK was chosen from a total of 549 applicants during a competitive review process.

Dawn Sauma and Cristina Ayala, Co-Executive Directors, joined approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston's nonprofit sector.  With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

ATASK Receives Cummings Foundation Grant

Funds from the Cummings Foundation will be used to support the Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program, which includes advocacy and case management, legal services, an emergency shelter, and ESOL classes for domestic violence survivors.

The $100K for 100 Program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties.  This year, the program is benefiting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.  

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties.  Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

"Nonprofit organizations like ATASK are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work," said Joel Sweets, Cummings Foundation's Executive Director.  "We are delighted to invest in their efforts."

This year's diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity.  Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.


Survivors Create a Song About Hope

Recently, shelter clients met with local musician Julia Mark to create their very own song. They wanted the world to know that life was getting better, and that they had hope for the future. They wanted the song to be uplifting and joyful. The result was a song entitled "All We Need" with a powerful message about love and hope. Click here to watch the video.

"All We Need" Lyrics
They're some things I've been dreaming of
I don't need a lot of stuff
And I've got a lot of life to live
I just need a lot of love
I've got a lot of love to give
So I'm gonna keep on looking up

Gonna put my worries on an outbound train
I've got this hope that I cannot contain
Your love is my umbrella when it starts to rain
When the storm has passed, only simple things remain
That's all I need today
All we need
Oh it's all we need
I've been dreaming of a place of my own
All those bad, bad days go on and leave me alone
And when the darkness starts to creep
And there's no respite in my sleep
I'm gonna keep on searching for the sun
Music + Lyrics by Julia Mark

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