A Visit with Unilever

On December 14, our Co-Founder Joe Torre and Executive Director Yolanda Jimenez paid a visit to Unilever’s headquarters in New Jersey. While there, they shared the mission and goals of Safe At Home with more than 500 Unilever employees while speaking on the People With Purpose panel.

The panel event marks an expansion of Safe At Home’s partnership with Unilever. In addition to being honored at our 2018 Annual Gala in New York City, they also helped raise funds and awareness for our organization by connecting us to ShopRite, who ran a special in October to donate the proceeds on Unilever products to Safe At Home.

The panel was introduced by Amanda Sourry, President of Unilever North America, and included as panelists Gina Boswell, President of Customer Development, who served as the moderator; Mike Clementi, Unilever’s Vice President of Human Resources; and Joe and Yolanda. Topics included Joe’s personal story of witnessing domestic violence as a child, which inspired him to create Safe At Home; how our program creates safe spaces for kids; and how we can all contribute to ending the cycle of violence and trauma.

Thank you to Unilever for inviting Safe At Home to present – and for being a tremendous partner to our organization.

Participant Snapshot: Meet Kara

Kara was in tenth grade at Brooklyn Academy for Science and the Environment (BASE) when she first came into Margaret’s Place. “As soon as I walked in, it felt like a completely different place in our school – colorful, bright, welcoming,” she explains.

Though she was only 15, she felt like she’d already experienced so much in her life. “Unfortunately, there were a lot of unhealthy things going on for me – but coming to Safe At Home helped steer me in a new direction.”

She joined a girls group, where they talked about concerns they had in school, social issues, and more. It became a sisterhood for her – a trusted group of friends to rely on when things were tough.

When she graduated from BASE, Kara knew she wasn’t ready to leave Safe At Home behind. She joined our team as an Alumni Intern and served for two years in that role. She worked with the students at Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science, leading workshops on healthy masculinities, consent and dating, and more. She also created and led her own workshop about colorism.

For Kara, joining our staff was more than a career opportunity; it was a chance to give back. “Safe At Home had such a positive impact on me, and I wanted to return that favor. For a lot of people, Margaret’s Place represents hope. And it represents the knowledge that I can make a difference. Even when the problem seems so large, I know that I can help.”