"KHCC has not only been a source for education programs for the last 45 years, it has been a place for survivors of domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and campus sexual assault to receive free long-term treatment services through its Changing Futures program.
Lisette Abreu, assistant director of Changing Futures, has spent nearly four years at KHCC and has seen the ways this program has positively impacted lives, especially after working with children.
'Sometimes you’re in this field and you don’t even know what little impact you’re making on the kids,' she said. 'But once you see the progress that they make from coming in … that’s really what I love about this place.'
Helping survivors is also something Margaret Della, KHCC’s executive director, is passionate about. In fact, just a few months ago, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera and New York City’s First Lady Chirlaine McCray stopped by to talk to a group of survivors.
Della remembers they discussed 'how KHCC is a bridge between their trauma and where they are today,' and have learned to work through what they’ve experienced by becoming life coaches or facilitating group discussions about what they’ve been through."