Fayetteville Michaela Sarofeen was born in Syracuse and after attending Fayetteville-Manlius high school, received Bachelor of Arts in English and women’s studies at the University of Buffalo. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree at Buffalo in global gender studies.
After graduating in 2009, she worked as an accounts payable administrator while spending a year in Seattle. At this time, Sarofeen had her first volunteer experiences at New Beginnings, a domestic violence program, and PAWS, an animal shelter where she met her dog Colby, a miniature Schnauzer mix. Upon returning to Syracuse, she enrolled in the Syracuse University College of Law where she is entering her final year.
Since September 2011, she has continued volunteering, this time with the Vera House. Vera House provides support services to people in the community, who have, or are currently, experiencing domestic or sexual violence. Domestic violence is not only physical, but also financial or verbal abuse.
Michaela currently is a sexual assault volunteer advocate and family court volunteer with the Vera House. As a sexual assault volunteer she accompanies victims of sexual abuse to the hospital to receive treatment. She only leaves when she feels they have adequate support with them and do not request her to stay, or when they are discharged from the hospital.
As a family court volunteer, Sarofeen helps clients fill out emergency petitions for orders of protection, also provides crisis intervention services and safety planning when the situation might be dangerous for the client. Sarofeen attends continued training sessions with the Vera House in order to keep up to date and continue her volunteer work.
As if she hasn’t been busy enough, Sarofeen enjoys knitting. She has been knitting since she was seven years old, a craft she learned from her grandmother. She is also interested in famous female authors and their works.
Michaela Sarofeen lives in Manlius, and her parents, siblings, and nephews also live in the area.
If you would like more information about the services Vera House provides, or about becoming a volunteer with the Vera House, visit their website at verahouse.org.
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