Cynthia Walker

Founder and Executive Director
Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA)

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, Motivational and Financial Empowerment workshops for families. Cynthia Walker is the Founder, Visionary & Executive Director of S.O.F.I.A., a Certified Domestic Violence Advocate for the Clifton/Little Falls NJ Police Dept. Domestic Violence Response Team, past 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. Our newly formed, D’VINE (Domestic Violence Intervention Network and Education) Men’s group is currently seeking a few good men that discuss working solutions to "Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence" in the community. Join our outreach of males of ALL ages to teach and practice being "Well Meaning Man." In 2010 S.O.F.I.A. launched the S.O.F.I.A. Safe Dating Interactive presentations which consist of a series of Dating and Domestic Violence workshops to bring awareness, prevention and education to teens and adults in our community. These workshops were presented throughout New Jersey to over 4700 participants and we look forward to offering these workshops throughout the country. 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, Ambassador of the 25th Montclair African American Heritage Parade and Festival 2014, and The 2017 Circle Of Champions based in Brooklyn NY. 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. Peace and Blessings, Cynthia Walker 

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