As you may know, March is Women’s History Month. Since 1987, Women’s History Month has celebrated women’s contributions to society, history and culture. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we want to acknowledge the women in our history and present who have made an impact on the work that we do.
Haven Hills was founded in August 1977 by two members of the Canoga Park Women’s Club – Jacquie Gordon and Cheryl Cornell. They recognized the urgent need for services for domestic violence survivors in the San Fernando Valley. Starting with a hotline in 1977, Haven Hills grew to add a counseling program in 1978, the San Fernando Valley’s first domestic violence shelter in 1980; and finally, in 1997, the Valley’s first Transitional Shelter. Through these many years, Haven Hills has grown exponentially to provide shelter, case management, outreach services, group and individual counseling, children’s programs and other services to empower survivors and their children to rebuild their lives.
Today, Haven Hills serves domestic violence survivors regardless of gender. However, our tradition of empowering women continues. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the many women who have helped shape our organization be they staff, board members, clients, donors, allies or volunteers. Thank you for helping to shape us then and now.
Pictured (from top left to right): our founders Jacquie Gordon, Cheryl Cornell, and former Executive Director Betty Fischer. Pictured (from bottom left to right): staff meeting in 1991, staff meeting 2019.