Professional of the Year - Nonprofit/Emergency Shelter Operations

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Elaine G. Adevai

Title: Executive Director and Founder
Industry: Nonprofit
Type of Organization: Nonprofit
Major Product/Service: Providing services that assist families in need; 15-bed facility established for the purpose of operating and maintaining residential programs for domestic violence victims; Actively in need of funding and charitable donations; Philanthropic donations welcome as well
Expertise: Ms. Adevai has over 35 years experience and has been with the current organization for 8 years. She is responsible for running an emergency shelter for domestic violence victims. Ms. Adevai hires and trains the staff, runs a support group and provides individual counseling for clients. She supervises the staff and offers counseling and therapeutic services. She also handles community outreach to raise donations and helps the women and children referred to them to get back on their feet and find permanent housing. Ms. Adevai also serves as a Psychotherapist for her own part-time private practice offering individual and family counseling and group therapy.
Geographic Area of Distribution: National
Affiliations: New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Human Resources Administration; New York State Office of Children and Family Services
University/Degree: B.S., Pre-Med, Douglass College, 1967; M.S., Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University, 1970; Internship, Merril Palmer; Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Hobbies/Sports: Family activities, cooking, embroidery, reading
Spouse: Joseph Adevai (deceased)
Married: 1965
Children: Joseph, Karen Welcott, Stacey, Lacey
Work History: Ms. Adevai began her career as a Staff Psychotherapist and Instructor at Rutgers Community Mental Health Center from 1971 to 1975. She started her own part time private psychotherapy practice in 1975 which she still operates. She owned and managed 2 restaurants/cabarets from 1982 to 1994. Ms. Adevai served as a Counselor and Social Worker for the Victim Services Family Court Unit from 1998 to 2000. She was the Director of the Domestic Violence Shelter Program for Safe Horizon from 2000 to 2007 and became Director of the Domestic Violence Shelter Program at New Vista for Families, Inc. in 2009.
Honors & Awards: Distinction Award, Staten Island Chapter of the World of Women
Career Accomplishments: Ms. Adevai looks forward to expanding her psychoeducational and counseling services and expanding the shelter. Opening the shelter has been the highlight of her career thus far. The shelter is in dire need of funds and all donations are welcome.