Norka Torres, program director of the CDC, participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Fair on October 23 at the Lord Stirling School in New Brunswick. Assisting her at our table were high school students who are members of a school-based volunteer class. Partnering with the CDC was the New Brunswick Police Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). About twenty-five providers were at the fair, which provided free flu shots, diabetes screening as well as information on community resources.
Also this month, Norka Torres participated in the 5th annual Domestic Violence Walk throughout the streets of New Brunswick. Other participants included the New Brunswick Police Department Domestic Violence Response Team, the Puerto Rican Action Board, the Eric Chandler Health Center, the New Brunswick Senior Center, Rutgers University, Middlesex County College and survivors.
One former AECDC client in our BEST program, seeing Ms. Torres, came to her to ask for help in a current relationship that had become abusive. With the aid of Ms. Torres and the New Brunswick Police DVRT, the abuser was arrested as he hid in wait for our client.