YWCA gets help from across the pond

On Tuesday, June 5, representatives of the Princess Marina Chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) presented Suzanne Adam, YWCA Greenwich Director of Domestic Abuse Services, with a check for $500 in support of their commitment to provide a wide range of free services to victims of domestic violence who live and work in Greenwich and the surrounding communities.

“The YWCA Greenwich offers everything from advocacy and counseling to a 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter,” Ms. Adam said. “We are proud of the work we do here and appreciate contributions that allow us to continue our efforts.”

The DBE Society in the U.S. is a non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian, voluntary American society of women of British or Commonwealth heritage or the partner of someone of British or Commonwealth heritage. It has been in existence more than 100 years and its primary objective is to raise funds in support of four retirement and nursing home facilities in the USA.


The Princess Marina Chapter, founded by a group of Greenwich women in 1969, supports the Victoria Home in Ossining, N.Y. and other local Fairfield County charities. While most of funds raised are applied directly to the homes, a significant portion is designated to a local charity of choice, recommended by a member and voted on by the group. Greenwich member, Lee Parfrey, who is a supporter of the YWCA Domestic Abuse Services, suggested the Princess Marina Chapter donate to the YWCA.

The YWCA 24 Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline number is 203-622-0003.

The Princess Marina Chapter meets the second Tuesday of every month and rotates its meetings at members’ homes in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and New Canaan. New members are welcome. For more information about the society, visit the national website at Dbenational.org or contact Seonaid Corbishley at 203-966-8193 or Jill Beddall at 203-625-0136.

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