When it comes to women who know how to take the lead and lead the way - Cynthia Walker is the one. She has dedicated her life to leading the way for women and children affected by domestic violence. Thank you Cynthia for being a beacon of light!
Cynthia Walker has been a devoted community volunteer since she was a teenager. She was always available to lend a helping hand in various community and national organizations, children’s and teenage support groups and school functions. Cynthia just simply “enjoys helping people” and is very passionate and committed when becoming involved in her projects.
Cynthia found her new baby, S.O.F.I.A. a non-profit 501©3 organization based in Montclair New Jersey, after she met Joanne Paul at a township meeting. Joanne Paul's daughter, Monica was gunned down at the YMCA in Montclair by her abusive and violent boyfriend in front of their children and other families while they were taking part in swimming lessons. In 2009, S.O.F.I.A. or Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates was created to breathe new life for women and children of Domestic Violence.
S.O.F.I.A. is focused on helping women and children who have experienced Domestic Violence become self-sufficient, positive and successful. We offer a variety of workshops that encourages advocacy and outreach, a Support Group for those who have experienced Domestic Violence, presentations on Bullying, Self Defense Conflict Avoidance for children and Self-esteem sessions for women and children.
We are also proud to host our 6th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence on Saturday September 10, 2016 at Canterbury Park in Montclair NJ. For details visit www.supportsofia.org
In 2010 S.O.F.I.A. launched the PSP Program (Protect, Shield & Prosper) a series of Dating and Domestic Violence workshops to bring awareness, prevention and education to teens in our community. These workshops were presented throughout New Jersey to over 3100 participants and we look forward to presenting them throughout the country.
Cynthia is the Founder, Visionary & Executive Director of S.O.F.I.A., a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate currently serving as a volunteer on the Clifton/Little Falls NJ Police Dept. Domestic Violence Response Team, a mentor with Sister to Sister, a teen mentoring program at Montclair High School, National Domestic Violence Advocate for Black Women Empowered based in Greensboro, North Carolina and wears a host of several hats within the community.
S.O.F.I.A. is the proud recipient of North Carolina based Black Women Empowered Community Service Award 2012, Montclair NAACP 97th Annual Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund “The Julian Bond” Community Service Award 2013, Essex County New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders Proclamation Community Service for Domestic Violence 2013, Giblin Association Community Service Donation for 2013 and Ambassador of the 25th Montclair African American Heritage Parade and Festival 2014. We are truly dedicated and committed to our work within the community, beyond solely helping domestic violence victims. We are an organization that sincerely cares and is actively involved in changing the current domestic violence statistics.
“God gave us two ears and one mouth and that is the exact order that we, as a community, should use them”. “Train yourself to be a good listener.” It could save a life.