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About Us

A History of the Center for Safety & Change formerly Rockland Family Shelter


Rockland Family Shelter is established, offering a crisis hotline and emergency shelter


The Children's Program was instituted.

The Center for Advocacy and Support Services (CASS),Non Residential Domestic Violence walk in center was established.

CSC began professional trainings for police, social service staff, mental health staff and the district attorney's office.


CSC purchases The Haven (later sold) to provide transitional housing for former Shelter residents and children


The Rape Crisis Center was established, providing a 24-hour emergency hotline and rape crisis counselors.

The community and professional education program is broadened to high school and college students, community groups and professional organizations.


Rockland County STOP F.E.A.R. (Family Abuse, Endangering Women and Children, Abuse of All Kinds, Rape and Sexual Assault) Coalition was established.


The Spanish Bilingual Project was established, offering bilingual, bicultural services to Latino families


The Shelter sponsored the first domestic violence training for Rockland County physicians.


Project Tikvah for Orthodox and Hasidic battered women and their children is launched

The Mary Weingard Domestic Violence Law Project for CSC clients is established


The Domestic Violence Health Care Protocol, created by the Health Subcommittee of STOP F.E.A.R, was implemented by the Rockland County Department of Health, local hospitals and other medical facilities in the county.


CSC, in conjunction with the Spring Valley Police Department and VCS Batterer's Intervention Project, received a grant to create " Communities Combat Domestic Violence Project", with programs in three Spring Valley locations. CSC established the Haitian Community Service Project, offering bilingual, bicultural services to Haitian families


CSC launches program for battered lesbian and bisexual women. This program later grows into the CSC LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) Program


Collaboration between CSC and the Asian Women's Alliance for Kinship and Equality (AWAKE) began. CSC established the Asian Community Project, offering bilingual, bicultural services to Asian families.

CSC expended to satellite locations in Nyack, Haverstraw and Spring Valley

CSC, STOP F.E.A.R. Coalition, VCS Community Change Project and Rockland Alliance for Prevention hosted a groundbreaking conference: "How Safe is Our Community".


CSC launches its Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program


CSC established the African American Community Project, offering culturally sensitive services to African American families.


CSC launched “Safe Mom – Safe Kids”, a collaborative project with Child Protective Services.


CSC opens its Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) program at Nyack Hospital


CSC celebrated its 25th anniversary year.

Established the Rockland County DELTA Project ( Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement And Leadership Thru Alliances) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and NYSCADV (New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence).


Purchased non-residential programs and administrative office building and commenced first Rockland Family Shelter Capital Campaign.

Opened Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Student Activities Ending Dating Abuse (SAEDA) was established.


Non-residential services programs and administrative office building is renovated with more than $2 million raised in the Capital Campaign


Non-residential programs and administrative office moves to 9 Johnson Lane in New City

CSC expands its services to include the Comprehensive Crime Victims Assistance Program located in the Rockland County District Attorney’s office.


CSC Celebrated its 30th anniversary year.


In collaboration with the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and various partners, CSC celebrated the opening of a New Special Victims Unit on the grounds of the Good Samaritan Hospital.



In partnership with Hi Tor Animal Care Center, Paws For Safety program was established. This unique program temporarily places animal victims of domestic violence in a fostered and loving environment while their owners make safe living arrangements ad escape the abuse


Rockland Family Shelter changes its name to Center for Safety & Change to better reflect the broad array of non-residential and residential services it provides; the emergency residential shelter retains Rockland Family Shelter name

2013     Carolyn Fish retires as Executive Director 
2014     Michael Mandel assumes position as interim Executive Director 
2015       Elizabeth Santiago is appointed as Executive Director