NEW BRITAIN ‚Äď Prudence Crandall Center will hold its annual ‚ÄúSilent No More‚ÄĚ Candlelight Vigil in person on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
‚ÄúWe are inviting supporters to gather together for the first time since the pandemic began,‚ÄĚ Prudence Crandall said.
Participants are welcomed to join both Mayor Erin Stewart and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes in helping the center commemorate the event outside of the agency‚Äôs Rose Hill Campus, located at 594 Burritt Street in New Britain. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Those in attendance will enjoy light refreshments, music and testimonials from survivors, as well as family and friends impacted by domestic violence.
‚ÄúThis is always a very special and solemn gathering for all of us, and never more so than this year,‚ÄĚ said Barbara Damon, CEO of Prudence Crandall Center. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been a year like no other in our nearly half-century of service.‚ÄĚ
As domestic violence agencies throughout the state have experienced an unprecedented surge in need since last summer, the center emphasizes how this vigil is especially important. Prudence Crandall Center increased its emergency shelter capacity through use of hotel rooms, adding staff and other critical health safety investments at a total cost of more than $500,000 since the pandemic began.
‚ÄúThe need for domestic violence counseling increased by 40% and our shelter has been consistently on overflow, serving as many as 55 adults and children in a program designed for 22,‚ÄĚ Damon said. ‚ÄúTragic stories like that of Gabby Petito remind us of the urgency of educating the public about how common and pervasive domestic abuse is, and appropriate ways to respond. We need the partnership of our community to help us rise to this challenge and raise awareness so that together we can prevent senseless deaths and violence in the future.‚ÄĚ
The annual vigil, sponsored by the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Foundation, will be held only if weather permits. To find weather updates visit the agency‚Äôs website and Facebook page; rain date to be determined.
Vigils are held throughout the nation during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to motivate the community to join efforts to end domestic and teen dating violence.
Masks and social distancing are required. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at registration. A limited number of seats will be available and spaced in small groupings six feet apart.
For more information, contact Sarah Hawkes at 860-310-9339 or firstname.lastname@example.org