Adopt a Family

The holidays are a special time of year for many people; a time of goodwill and celebration. Sadly, this isn’t true for everyone, including individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence. The holiday season can be extremely stressful for survivors who may be in the midst of fleeing or just getting back on their feet after leaving an abusive relationship.

This year, we continue to see hardships brought on by COVID-19 and the recession; with added stress, financial setbacks and housing crises, survivors are facing more challenges than ever before.

To help these families have a holiday season filled with warmth and joy, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is hosting its annual Holiday Giving Program.

We are accepting online donations (below) on behalf of our participating families. The funds raised will provide families in need with gift cards, so that survivors can buy gifts for their family members for the holidays. This program has gotten an overwhelmingly positive response from those we serve over the last several years, so we are continuing with this format.

Our goal is to raise $100 to give each of the 100 people (30 families).

Total goal: $10,000 to provide to families this holiday season.

How close are we to reaching our total goal?

We are so grateful for your support. If we reach our goal of $10,000, any additional contributions will support survivors other immediate needs, and the services we provide to survivors at no cost to them.



If you would still like to make a donation, click the link below to contribute to services we provide for survivors of domestic violence and their families at no cost to them. Learn more about these services here.

Thank you!!

Meet One of Our 30 Families that your donation CAN support this
holiday season:

Angelique came to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center after experiencing years of physical and emotional abuse. Her husband had recently been arrested for assaulting her in their home, and she was able to obtain a restraining order against him. This resulted in him being removed from the home, leaving Angelique and her four young children in a dire financial situation without his income.

Because Angelique had no one to help care for her kids, she had to leave her job. With the help of her advocate at the Center, she applied for public benefits and is in the process of securing childcare for her children so she can eventually return to work.

The sudden loss of her husband’s income has left her with limited resources for the holidays and will force her to make difficult decisions about paying bills or purchasing holiday gifts for her children. Your donation will provide much needed help for her to provide gifts for them, which she will not be able to do on her own. We are trying to raise $100 per person; for Angelique’s family, this means she would get a gift card of $500. This gift would help her to make the holiday season special for her and her four children.

Update: We have reached our Holiday Giving goal!
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More Ways to Support

Help us provide books to families in need!

Donate a Jabberwocky Bookshop Gift Certificate this holiday season.

Gift certificate donations will allow us to purchase books that will help heal, offer education and bring joy to our families in need.

Gift certificates can be left at Jabberwocky Bookshop (50 Water St #22 in Newburyport) for later pick up by our staff. 

Visit a local business to participate in a gift card drive!

The generous businesses listed below are hosting drives for gas and grocery store gift cards. These will be given to survivors we serve throughout the year to help meet urgent needs.  

We greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity in past years and hope you will consider helping to make sure our survivors and their families are well taken care of during this holiday season!