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What’s IN A Name



A public announcement about the non-profit, advocacy agency Hope's Door, NY, formerly known as The Northern Westchester Shelter.

A public announcement about the non-profit, advocacy agency Hope's Door, NY, formerly known as The Northern Westchester Shelter.



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  • In 2009, the Northern Westchester Shelter, located in Pleasantville, NY changed its name to Hope’s Door. It was a thoughtful 6-month process involving input from the Board of Directors, the Victim Impact Panel and the staff. We also updated our motto. Both the name and the motto better represent what we do and where we do it.
  • Allow me to tell you how Hope’s Door has evolved.
  • Hope’s Door has positive connotations and does not limit us to providing shelteronly. Instead, like our services, it can offer encouragement and hope.
  • We now also help victims of domestic violence from New York City and other surrounding communities. In 2008, 40% of our clients were from outside of Westchester County.
  • We needed a name that reflected all of the exciting projects that we have successfully undertaken and the range of services that we continue to offer. “In discussions and in focus groups with former and current clients, one word surfaced more than others: Hope.” (Andrea Naso-Nord, Director of Development and Community Relations)
  • This phrase exemplifies what we and recovering victims endeavor to do every day. It is not about running away and hiding forever. It is about the courage to knock on Hope’s Door, and the opportunity to support victims as they begin a new direction. It is about daring to hope for a better life.
  • Hope for the victims, their children, our communities and the future!
  • We have many events, programs and services. Contact us for more information!

What’s IN A Name What’s IN A Name Presentation Transcript

  • What’s in a Name?
  • I’m glad you asked.
  • Our New Name
    Hope’s Door
    Is inviting
    Is optimistic
    Offers new beginnings
  • Expanded Geographical Area
    In 1980, we began with a few communities.
    By 2009, we were serving hundreds of clients from Westchester County and beyond.
  • Expanded Services
    In 1980, we invited victims into our homes for shelter.
    By 2009, we had our own residence, and:
    Support groups
    Legal services
    Programs for children and teens
    Bilingual services
    Educational outreach
  • Our New Motto
    Embracing life free from domestic abuse.
  • So, what’s in our name?
    An Abundance of Hope!
  • Find out more: