AROUND THIS TABLEPoster for Around This Table poem by Dora McQuaid

The poem Around This Table is available in poster form through the website by clicking here

All sales are donated to the Memorial Fund to honor women lost in domestic-violence related homicides.

For Susan Kelly-Dreiss, to honor her and the founding members of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, whose pioneering spirits and work over the last 25 years has led to the first statewide coalition against domestic violence in the United States, which has impacted

– the initiation and development of state and federal laws in respect to domestic violence,
– the development of special projects and resources attending to a wide variety of federal, state, and local needs in respect to domestic violence,
– and the establishment of outreach services designed to assist and empower victims and survivors of domestic violence in reclaiming their lives.

Dora McQuaid and Susan Kelly-Dreiss

Dora and Susan Kelly-Dreiss, Director for over 30 years of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence at Susan’s retirement party in Harrisburg, PA, October 2008. Dora and Susan stand next to the framed poster of the poem Dora was commissioned by the PA Coalition to write in 2001, Around This Table, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Coalition and to honor Susan and the other pioneers who founded with Susan the very FIRST statewide coalition in the US.


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