"Even in her death, she is being helpful in the community still.". m_gallery_pagetype = "embed"; "Now I get to drive past here every day and see her name on the building.". NEWARK, NJ — At the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center on Clinton Avenue, Project Manager Keesha Eure wields a phone in each hand as she takes calls and makes more, a juggling act Newark’s many social workers have come to know well as they adjust to the ways of service during a pandemic. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. Let’s help build Newark into the great city it’s meant to be! Holmes was also killed in 2003 when the estranged husband of Baraka's half-sister entered his wife's Piscataway home, and upon finding Baraka and Holmes, fatally shot them. Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness - Shani Baraka Women's Center Expansion Year 3 $116,026 Irvington Counseling Center - Expansion of Counseling Care $100,000 JESPY House - Accessibility for All Up to $100,000 4 Feb 19 (PLEASE SEE ATTACHED The Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center is one of the City of Newark’s many hidden jewels. Join our team and help move Newark forward. Agencies we work with address a range of needs including: mental health, substance abuse, food pantries, identification assistance, rental assistance, veteran services, clothing needs, job training programs, and social services. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). NEWARK -- Standing outside the new women's center bearing his late sister's name, Mayor Ras Baraka exhaled deeply, tears sliding down his face. 'This right here is going to help somebody'. CAGNASSOLA. In addition, a hotline has been created to connect LGBTQ+ residents to social services after they call the police. Once an abandoned lot, the 12,000 square-foot Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center on 300 Clinton Avenue in the South Ward will operate as a one-stop shop for women in need of emergency services like counseling, mental health services, shelter or job training. "We did it, we kept our promise and it's only fitting that it bears the name Shani Baraka.". A wall-sized mural of Baraka and her longtime partner, Rayshon Holmes, is painted inside another room. m_gallery_title = "Shani Baraka Women\'s Resource Center opens in Newark"; The victims, Shani Baraka, and Rayshon Holmes, 30, were shot several times and were found in the family room of the house owned by Ms. Baraka's … Follow her on Twitter at @karen_yi or on Facebook. Holmes said she'd be at the center as often as she could to make sure it succeeded. "No matter what food you eat, what language you speak, the clothes you put on your back ... we are serving everyone in this community, whether you gay or straight," Baraka said. Loading... Unsubscribe from NWK TV? Members of the Newark City Council and more than a hundred supporters gathered along Clinton Avenue for the grand opening -- some survivors of domestic violence themselves. https://www.newarknj.gov/departments/shani-baraka-womens-resource-center. Please support the journalism you trust. It will be operated through the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center. ... Mayor Baraka Addresses Newark City Council on Public Safety reorganization - Duration: 28:12. Shani Baraka Center Grand Opening. She was a community person, she loved this city, she was a role model, she was an example in this community," Baraka said. The center will offer health care services, support groups, financial literacy and parenting classes. The Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center Opens with Police Domestic Violence Response Team and Services for Women in Crisis Walker's Legacy, Mayor Baraka and Newark CEDC Launch Moms Who Hustle Financial Empowerment Program They set up an encrypted … Here was a building named after his younger sister Shani Baraka, who was fatally shot by her older sister's estranged and abusive husband. "The resources here will be able to help other young women in various ways to improve their quality of life," South Ward Councilman John Sharpe James said. Pregnant women and families with children under six years of age, can pick up two cases of bottled water every two weeks, Monday through Friday at the Newark Health Department WIC Program and the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center. Story by: M.E. Obalaji Baraka, 49, the eldest brother, said Shani Baraka was active in the community and her name can make women feel more comfortable when coming to seek help. All rights reserved (About Us). Visit the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center at … "This is not the Baraka family building, this is the Newark community building. Freeholder Richardson, Mayor Baraka, Shaquille O’Neil, Councilman James, Governor Murphy. Baraka said he insisted the neglected space be transformed into a place for women suffering in the city with no place to go. And Shani apparently had very deeply identified with Kimako, asking Amina many questions over the years about her. Karen Yi may be reached at [email protected] "It gives me hope that women can make it because this right here is going to help somebody ... and bring hope to a community, to what people thought was a dying community," said Sandra Holmes, Rayshon's mother. For more information about the change, see the latest press release, October 4, 2019 → "The partnership and collaboration providing transport for the Shani Baraka Center has been amazing. The Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center is a multi-faceted agency dedicated to providing free comprehensive services to meet the needs of women and their families in crisis and transition in need of emergency services, resources and information in the community. The Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center provides FREE programs and services on … Later Amiri translated to Swahili—Amiri and Amina. about the shani baraka women's resource center: Since its May 2017 opening, the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center continues its mission to empower women and their families in crisis and transition; to achieve safe, healthy, and self-sufficient lives by providing support, education, counseling, information, and services in a safe environment. How I had felt about her being Gay. After Amina and Amiri gave birth to four more children three sons and one daughter (Ras, Amiri, Ahi, and He said victims of abuse could come to the center to report a crime and stay in the same building to receive the services they need. Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said 10 percent of last year's 93 homicides were related to domestic violence incidents. ", Mayor @rasjbaraka opens @CityofNewarkNJ's new women's center named after his late sister: the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center pic.twitter.com/z97ZzOfQDw. Picking up the donations has been extremely helpful - the women and men in our community are very grateful and appreciative of the donations and the people who are giving the donations are very happy that they can give. The Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center is a multi-faceted agency dedicated to providing free comprehensive services to meet the needs of women and their families in crisis and transition in need of emergency services, resources and information in the community. Shani Baraka Center Opening NWK TV. The way she was murdered. 1.8K likes. We need volunteers to go door-to-door, phone bank or host meet-and-greets. Essex County College continues to proudly … Shani Baraka Womens Resource Center: Signature Home Now: South Miami Hospital: Tallahassee Memorial Hospital: The Center for Higher Power: TLC HomeCare and Senior Services Inc: TMH Emergency Center Northeast: Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women & Children: Tulane Medical Center: Subscribe to NJ.com », Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center opens in Newark, fatally shot by her older sister's estranged and abusive husband, estranged husband of Baraka's half-sister. Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center, Newark, New Jersey. 02/28/2019. Beatrice Simpkins, executive director of the Newark LGBTQ Community Center, said that city officials asked for her input before finalizing the new policies. m_gallery_blog_id = "8001122"; reminded both my wife and me of my sister. College’s Caring Side Shines Bright. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Once an abandoned lot, the 12,000 square-foot Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center on 300 Clinton Avenue in the South Ward will operate as a one-stop shop for women in … m_gallery_type = "photo"; Gallery: Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center opens in Newark. The small business grant was the first of six initiatives Mayor Baraka began launching last week to ease the financial pain and enhance the safety of Newark residents. m_gallery_creation_date = "Friday, May 12, 2017, 3:16 PM"; Hosted by DV Liaison to the Shani Center, Asia Smith. m_gallery_id = "22673293"; Both ECFJC and the Shani Baraka Center focused on strategies to assist communication by victims isolated at home. 300 Clinton Ave. Newark, NJ 07108 Like Shani, Kimako was an artist, a dancer and an actress, she was black, small and like our little Shani, Gay. Mayor Baraka said Shani wasn't just his sister. The police department will also relocate its Special Victims Unit and Domestic Violence Response Team. "It's going to be a testament to the idea that our community is coming alive," Baraka said. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Here was a center that could save a life -- and maybe a community. Raising a picture of Shani up high, Mr. Baraka said: "Remember, Shani!" Baraka says while many wanted to politicize the naming of the center he remained focused on the memory of his sister. Inside the building's white clean walls, photos of Shani Baraka emanate from frames. NEWARK, NJ — At the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center on Clinton Avenue, Project Manager Keesha Eure wields a phone in each hand as she takes calls and makes more, a juggling act Newark’s many social workers have come to know well as they adjust to the ways of service during a pandemic. Most recently, Alexis has interned with the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center where she facilitates psychoeducational groups and provide mental health counseling to clients of the center. The Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center provides many services ranging from domestic violence counseling to employment & training. "Shani was a mentor, a teacher, the kids loved her, she was a basketball coach. "They can relate now, they can feel comfortable ... and if we stop one it's better than none.". I’m proud to announce that we are going to be working with the Shani Baraka Center in Newark NJ and we are offering classes to women Who have faced domestic violence or other major issues in their life and are in need of support and encouragement we have a weekly round table discussion that we will be doing on a weekly basis called rise up. "I believe it's easier now because they have a name of a building that they recognize," he said. I feel like we're not being overlooked.". In effort to raise awareness about the recently opened agency that acts as a one-stop center for women in crisis, Mayor Baraka will host the upcoming Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center Memorial Festival being held on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., … Shan! Holmes, 60, looked through the center's large window that looked out into the Stratford Apartments where she raised her kids. Organizations like Wynona's House, Planned Parenthood, United Way and the Association of Black Psychologists will provide supportive services. Location: Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center. Story by: M.E. "Them girls loved life," she said as she showed a reporter old photographs of Rayshon and Shani. Here was a place women facing domestic violence or abuse could come to for help. "The most vulnerable amongst us will finally get help," Baraka said Friday as his brothers stood behind him. "To have a huge building on Clinton Avenue in Newark and not downtown, it means that there's an open door policy, you walk by and it looks inviting. Located in the City’s South Ward close to the Central and East Wards, this Center for Women provides all types of resources. College’s Community Connection volunteers: From left, Natalie Behman, Ada Torres, Xiomara Gavidia, Dora Castro and Kathlyn Battle College’s Dr. Eunice Kamunge and Shadiquah Hordge at Fountain of Life Church Ada Torres at Shani Baraka Center Donation table at Shani Baraka Center. Images of Shani Baraka (courtesy of the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center) Advertisement Often shrouded in secrecy and shame, domestic violence is … m_gallery = "shani_baraka_womens_resource_center_opens_in_newark"; The center is named for Mayor Baraka’s late sister Shani Baraka who, along with her partner Rayshon Holmes, was murdered in August of 2003, by Baraka’s estranged brother in law, who had an extensive history of domestic violence. CAGNASSOLA. m_gallery_json = "https://blog.nj.com/photogallery/8001122/22673293.json"; Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Response Teams, Child Abuse & Neglect Programs & Services, HIV/AIDS Counseling & Testing Services, Mental Health, Grief & Trauma Counseling/Support, Employment & Training Case Management, Women’s Health & Family Planning, Support & Resources for the LGBTQ Community, Teen Bullying, Peer Pressure & Self-Esteem Services, Computer Lab, Anger Management Group, Substance Abuse Support & Prevention Group, Homelessness Support & Various Referrals. Our Case Management staff have partnered with many area organizations to provide referrals to our shelter guests. m_gallery_permalink = "http://photos.nj.com/8001122/gallery/shani_baraka_womens_resource_center_opens_in_newark/index.html"; To expand and grow to meet the changing needs in women’s lives, and help provide the gift of help, hope and healing. 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