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2018 The Retreat was awarded the federal grant, Legal Assistance for Victims, enabling us to employ two attorneys to assist clients with all legal matters.

2018 The Retreat receives a three-year grant for a Case Manager who will assist clients with all aspects of their lives going forward: housing, job placement, medical assistance, and education.

2018 Barbara Hennessy receives the Child Abuse and Neglect/Family Violence Volunteer Award for Suffolk County.

2017 Joy Behar and Robin Hommel-Tenenbaum produced “Friends with Benefits,” a comedy show to benefit The Retreat. Resulting donations helped redecorate Stephanie House.

2017 Joy Behar arranged for Toyota to gift The Retreat staff, live on the set of “The View,” a 2018 van as well as a donation of $30,000.

2016 Emily Maier, The Retreat’s Child Care Advocate, won the Suffolk County Annual Child Abuse and Neglect/Family Violence Professional Recognition Award.

2016 The Retreat won a New York State grant for capital improvements to our administrative offices.

2015 Vicki Cooper, Shelter Director, received the National Association of Social Workers’ Student of the Year Award, presented in Albany, recognizing her leadership in the field, her academic achievements and her contributions to the social work profession.

2015 The Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative was renewed, after a highly competitive grant process, for an additional five years.

2015 The Retreat became an ally of the NO MORE campaign.

2015 After 24 years of renting, The Retreat purchased its’ emergency shelter and renamed it The Stephanie House, in honor of a dearly departed volunteer.

2015 Retreat shelter volunteer Susan Cook received the Unsung Hero Award through the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, in recognition of her enthusiasm, dedication, and history of working with people in need.

2014 The Retreat and Brighter Tomorrows join together to pilot “Domestic Violence Advocate Assisted Petition Program.”

2014 The Retreat, in partnership with Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, was awarded a grant through New York State Department of Health to form Partners in Prevention, Region One of the Sexual Violence Prevention Grant, which addresses the primary prevention of sexual violence toward youth in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

2013 The Retreat’s Board President, Nicole Behrens, Wins a Women of Peace Award From The Women’s Peacepower Foundation.

2012 The Retreat was awarded a grant from The Office of Violence Against Women to provide transitional housing assistance and supportive services to homeless victims fleeing domestic violence.

2012 The Retreat domestic violence service provider this month was awarded the Charity of The Year distinction by Nana Cares – The Kattie O. Berkoski Foundation.

2012 Project BASE (Barrier and Stigma Elimination), a collaborative project  that unites The Retreat, The Mental Health Association in Suffolk County Inc., and Parents for Megan’s Law Inc. (a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse and rape as well as services to victims of violent crime, including the elderly), was launched to assist with creating and intensifying institutional changes that will help raise public awareness and help each agency to better serve victims who are living with mental illness.

2011 The Retreat launches a goal-centered, strength-based financial management/job readiness training program designed to offer victims who have survived domestic violence the opportunity to harness knowledge and skills essential to breaking free and remaining self-sufficient outside of the confines of an abusive relationship.

2011 The Retreat was awarded the Engaging Men in Preventing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking grant from The Office of Violence Against Women, a collaborative partnership with the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD).

2011 The Retreat was awarded a grant through the Housing and Urban Development Program (HUD) to provide permanent housing to victims of domestic violence living with disabilities.

2011 The Retreat was awarded a grant from The Administration for Children and Families which allowed for the implementation of its proposed Suffolk County Fatherhood Initiative, a collaboration uniting The Retreat, the Suffolk County Probation Department, Stony Brook University, and the Children’s Museum of the East End in a community-level effort to reduce abuse of women and children.

2010 Shirley Katz, a volunteer and part-time employee of The Retreat, receives the Long Island Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award and is named the Suffolk County Legislature’s “Woman of Distinction.”

2009 The Retreat holds East End Social Service Summit.

2009 The Retreat holds the first Annual Hamptons Juried Art Show to raise funds for domestic violence programs and services.

2007 The Retreat celebrates 20 years of saving lives.

2006 Henry D. Pearson Award for excellence in leadership.

2005 Newsday Community Champions

2003 In July 2003, the Retreat opens a thrift store: Retreat Boutique. Revenues from the store will sustain current program services in light of government funding cuts.

2001 The Retreat is a recipient of the 2001 New York State Governor’s Freedom Award to End Domestic Violence.

1998 The Staff relocates to the new Center.

1997 The Retreat receives a generous donation of a new building to house the Administration and Client Services Center. The Retreat wins the Marshalls Peace Prize for Heroes Don’t Hit.

1995 The Retreat’s scope of work is broadened to include all towns in the East End of Long Island: East Hampton, Southampton, Riverhead, Southold, and Greenport. The Heroes Don’t Hit education program is introduced; awareness campaign to stop domestic violence includes working with men against domestic violence to advocate for offender accountability; offices are established in Southampton and Central Suffolk Hospitals and mandated batterers’ program begins operation.

1992 The Town of East Hampton, in partnership with The Retreat, establishes the 18-bed shelter. Advocacy, crisis counseling, children’s services, parenting education and a 24-hour crisis hotline are added.

1990 Domestic violence outreach and education programs are developed.

1988 County funding is approved and staff is hired. A volunteer hotline, non-residential counseling services, and safe homes are established. Offices in Goodfriend Park are opened.

1987 The Retreat is founded as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) New York State licensed domestic violence agency.

1985 Community leaders establish a task force to assess the need for a domestic violence shelter; East Hampton Rotary Club donates the initial funding.