Our History

BRIGHTER TOMORROWS OFFERS SAFETY AND SUPPORT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

1983      Began raising funds to establish agency and incorporate as a non-profit
1986      Opened NYS licensed 19-bed domestic violence shelter
1986      Established 24-hour Crisis Hotline
1988      Piloted Transitional Housing Program to facilitate independent living for domestic violence survivors
1997      Offers counseling and advocacy services through Non-Residential Program

BRIGHTER TOMORROWS GROWS ITS LEGAL ADVOCACY PROGRAM

2007      Set up offices at Touro Law School’s Public Advocacy Center, along with 15 other local non-profits
2007      Brought advocacy services to Suffolk County Integrated Domestic Violence Court
2008      Partnered with Touro Law School to offer internship opportunities within Advocacy Department
2009      Implemented bilingual advocacy and hotline services
2010      Partnered with pro-bono attorney to provide legal representation for shelter and non-residential clients
2011      Granted student practice order from NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division
* the ONLY non-profit in Suffolk County afforded this opportunity

BRIGHTER TOMORROWS CHAMPIONS NEW HELPING INITIATIVES

2012      Educates young people about violence in our schools, teen dating violence, and precursors to domestic violence
2013      Developed Housing Assistance Program to aid domestic violence survivors impacted by Hurricane Sandy
2013      Provides advocate-assisted E-Petition services, offering clients the opportunity to file orders of protection privately
2013      Established Human Trafficking Program
2014      Piloted Women’s Therapeutic Re-Entry Program
2014      Opened second Transitional Housing site, exclusively for singles