New Location Brings New Programs at the Children’s Safety Project

By May 1, the Children’s Safety Project at Greenwich House will have left its home of 30 years behind an arched window on a classic Greenwich Village street, for a larger space on the Lower East Side, however partnerships continue to make it a distinctly Greenwich Village program. 

The Children’s Safety Project at Greenwich House provides individualized therapy to help children who are the victims of abuse and domestic violence, heal from trauma. Together with support services for children’s non-offending family members, themselves all too often subjected to the same abuses, the Children’s Safety Project helps teach youngsters and adults alike the life-skills required to prevent victimization of domestic violence in the future. 

Founded in 1987, the program was catalyzed by the shocking murder, abuse and neglect of a child – Lisa Steinberg - in Greenwich Village, making continued news headlines that same year. The Children’s Safety Project was formed to help protect the most vulnerable children in the Village. Since then the program has expanded, as one of the few that treat children as young as two, serving hundreds of children and families in need from across the city annually. 

The new location on East Canal Street is not only larger, allowing more families to be treated but as Greenwich House Executive Director Roy Leavitt offered up, “as the program treats more and more children from outside the neighborhood, the new location is easier to access, with seven subway lines nearby, including an accessible station.” 

Though the Children’s Safety Project’s heart is moving east, it could be argued its soul is staying west as the program pursues partnerships with two Greenwich Village institutions. 

A partnership with Greenwich House Music School will provide music and art therapy. According to Cecilia Land, LMSW, art therapy is a useful intervention for children who have experienced sexual abuse. The use of music therapy activities can increase the self-esteem and self-confidence of adolescents who have been sexually abused. 

In music therapy, clients are able to express their thoughts and feelings outwardly through music (song writing, song discussion, improvisation, music and move¬ment, art and music, etc.). This enables them to release emotions like grief and anger so that they can free themselves of their past and move on. 

Meanwhile, the Children’s Safety Project is preparing to host NYU’s Dr. Anthony Salerno, for a discussion on “building resiliency” through Trauma-Informed Care for children. He will present is theories at the second annual Children’s Safety Project’s Luncheon on May 22. Dr. Salerno is the Practice and Policy Scholar at NYU’s McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and has been at the national forefront of Trauma-Informed Care. At the luncheon, Dr. Salerno will discuss the new approach and the challenges and successes that come from the integration of behavioral and physical health services, and the role that individuals can play in helping our youngest and most vulnerable New Yorkers.  

At the luncheon Greenwich House hopes to raise awareness about trauma and continue to work to break the cycle of abuse. More information can be found at greenwichhouse.org/luncheon.

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