Delamano was established in 2003. Diminished funding for domestic violence programs was resulting in emergency helpline calls being routed into a centralized service outside of the Merrimack Valley. The founders of Delamano were concerned that the Greater Lawrence community was in need of an emergency service network that was fluent in the predominant language (Spanish) as well as knowledgeable about the cultural nuances of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Since its inception, Delamano has been focused on increasing awareness about domestic violence in the community. In 2005, Delamano was incorporated as a Section 501 c 3 non-profit corporation, enabling the organization to seek support from individuals, philanthropic organizations and government agencies to support program development.
As a start up non-profit, Delamano has worked in stages to establish a Spanish/English helpline for victims of domestic abuse. In 2007 Delamano received a state appropriation, started training helpline volunteers and receiving calls from victims. As local agency phone lines shut down after 5 pm, Delamano has been able to field calls during the overnight hours.
Delamano, Inc.’s future goals include the establishment of a safe house for domestic violence victims in the greater Lawrence area and the continuation of efforts to create awareness and educational programs in the community about the crisis of domestic violence.