Lawyers Paying it Forward

We at Spada Law Group, LLC. are very aware of how fortunate we are and believe we have an obligation to give back and help those around us that are less fortunate. As a firm we want to be involved in a positive way in the communities we serve. It is towards that end that Spada Law Group has implemented its Lawyers Paying It Forward program.

Each year a local charity will be identified and selected based on it’s ability and past history of making a dramatic positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in our community. Once selected, Spada Law Group, LLC will earmark and donate a percentage of its revenues (not profits) to this organization.

We are pleased to announce that for 2018 our selected organization is Respond Inc. A brief summary of Respond Inc. is listed below. We hope you will take a minute to learn more about Respond and if you too are moved by their work and want to help, go to their website and Pay It Forward with us!

RESPOND’s Mission

RESPOND partners with individuals, families and communities to end the serious public health issue of domestic violence. RESPOND strives to achieve its mission through prevention, intervention and education services that promote safe, healthy relationships.

RESPOND’s History

A pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence, RESPOND is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. Its work began in the early 1970s, when four women from Somerville, Massachusetts started a grassroots effort to support victims of domestic violence by opening their own homes as safe havens for women fleeing abuse. In 1974, these “founding mothers” formed RESPOND, an organization that has provided life-saving shelter, support services, training and education programs to more than 150,000 members of the community for RESPOND’s Programs & Services RESPOND provides emergency shelter and a range of support services and educational programs to thousands of survivors of domestic violence each year including adults, children and teens (of all genders) regardless of race, religion, age or other characteristic. RESPOND staff work with survivors of domestic violence to address their immediate and long-term needs, providing emotional support, counseling, financial resources, information and referrals. Through RESPOND’s programs, individuals and families in crisis develop the concrete tools necessary to regain control of their own lives—from parenting skills and housing search to financial literacy, and the hands-on experience of advocating for themselves. Services are free, confidential and currently offered in multiple languages.

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter has been the cornerstone of RESPOND’s services since the agency’s founding in 1974. Safe, confidential shelter remains a critically necessary last resort for survivors of domestic violence in grave danger with no other resources or available supports. RESPOND’s emergency shelter location is kept confidential to ensure the safety of program participants. Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. RESPOND’s eight-bedroom home is the only area domestic violence shelter that is wheelchair accessible and ADA approved. Its spacious Children’s Learning Center offers a safe, colorful play space and programs that promote learning, encourage parental involvement, and connect children and teens to local in- and out-of-school enrichment activities. The average length of stay for residents is 4 months.

RESPOND is proud to accept women and men (or any gender identity) into shelter as
well as parents of teenage boys– a rarity in Massachusetts.