I feel oh, so proud each year as MWI presents our grants to our two chosen charities, in addition to a scholarship to Hofstra Medical School. I'm proud to be a part of this group of women whose focus is to contribute their time and money for our neighbors and community.
This year is very special as we embark on our tenth year. On June 21st, we installed our fourth president, Carole Metzger, who is beginning her three year term. Along with the installation of our new president and our Board of Directors, MWI presented the above mentioned grants. Any charity we consider for a grant must be involved and have offices in either Nassau or Suffolk Counties. The recipients this year are The Safe Center and Momma's House. They were delighted to receive our grants, and spoke about how much good will come from them.
The Safe Center originated from two organizations that are now unified into one agency. They serve victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. They include social workers, crisis center advocates, and counselors, which include bilingual services. The center has assisted in more than 4400 survivors and families who were impacted by dometic and sexual violence.
Momma's House was designed for young women, ages 18 through 24, who are pregnant or parenting. Momma's House addresses issues that affect homeless mothers. Firstly, is housing. They try to provide transitional to permanent housing, while providing a safe and stable environment. Each mother must proceed with either employment or educational goals as they prepare for independence after 2 years. Momma's House has been helping women for the past 30 years.
Hofstra Medical School: As in previous years, MWI will be sponsoring a scholarship for a summer intern. This grant allows one or more students to participate in research projects, wherever they are, without concerns about money. Most of those projects have no funding at all. We have met some of our formers student recipients, who have all been very appreciative of our generosity and aid. Most could not have had those research experiences without our help.
Our day, as usual, included a breakfast, boutique and lunch. What made it even more special were the SIXTEEN representatives from the charities that received our grants in prior years. They joined us to help us celebrate our 10th year anniversary. (In the first year, there were no recipients.) Each one was delighted to share in our special day, and to also share news of the progress of their individual organizations.
Our celebratory day was special and emotional on many levels. It was overwheming and so gratifying to see MWI thriving, and realize how many people we have touched with the good we have done. Thanks to all of you who have made our success possible.
Recipients of MWI's grants to Hofstra Medical School for student summer internships, with June Stelboum and Lori Schonfeld.