Abuse Survivors’ Workshops; Secaucus Donates Water to Newark

Source: CentralJersey.com; NJ.com

Because She Is, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides free support services for survivors of physical, emotional and sexual assault and abuse, will host two clinician-led workshops and a series of art therapy sessions in September and October.

The workshops will be conducted by Geraldine Viggiani, a psychotherapist and owner of Lotus Blossom Psychotherapy in Eatontown, who specializes in trauma, addiction, perinatal mood disorders and birth trauma.

On Sept. 20, the topic will be “Trauma and Shame – How It Impacts Our Life.” On Oct. 16, the workshop will be “The Effects of Trauma: How our Decisions and Reactions are Rooted in our Trauma.”

Both workshops will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Marilyn’s Place in South Amboy; the location is kept confidential due to safety reasons.

Because She Is will also host a three-part art therapy series, presented by Elissa Arbeitman at her studio, Wild & Free Painting, 660 Tennent Road, Suite 209, Manalapan. Participants may attend one or all three. The first session is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25; subsequent dates will be announced.

As survivors of trauma, participants will have an opportunity to express themselves through their artwork. The art therapy sessions are also free of charge. Seating is limited to eight guests per session.

Workshops are free of charge and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Email info @ because She Is. org to reserve a seat and for additional details.

You can learn more about the organization at BecauseSheIs.org. There are also podcasts available at SoundCloud.com.


The town of Secaucus has been asking residents and businesses in town to come to the aid of Newark residents affected by the water crisis.

Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council accepted donations of cases of water at the town’s Senior Center on 101 Centre Ave., all headed for the Paradise Baptist Church on 15th Avenue in Newark. They took in 1,000 cases of water and have given more than 5,000 cases of water to Newark residents.

Church Bishop Jethro James will be distributing the water to those who may have trouble leaving their homes, such as seniors, pregnant women, and people with children. He credits the kindness of people from all over the country, and says he even received a shipment of water from Flint, Michigan, which has its own lead issues.

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