Decatur, Georgia — The Atlanta Women’s Foundation has awarded the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence $25,000 as part of its Rebuilding Women initiative.
The initiative builds on the progress of the 2020 COVID-19 Grant Relief Fund and addresses the intersecting barriers women and girls face as a result of the pandemic, according to a press release. This will allow women and girls to have access to physical and mental health care and safe shelter, so that they are not at risk of abuse or other harm.
Women will additionally receive rent, utilities and grocery assistance to prevent homelessness and access to safe, quality child care. Other recipients include The Drake House and New Pathways.
The Decatur-based Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence will use the grant to support its Safe House for Survivors program. The program provides safe and confidential temporary housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. It also provides services including case planning, employment assistance, childcare assistance, transportation, financial education, support groups, parenting support, resilience, health and wellness activities, meals and assistance with basic needs.
“After several years of dramatically increasing the financial assistance needed to help women and children safely escape situations of domestic violence, this grant will have an incredible impact on the lives of women and children seeking refuge. sure,” said Jean Douglas, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center. “Providing DV survivors with options to remain independent from their abusers, including a safe place to stay, childcare, transportation, and other basic needs, empowers them to start a new life. We are honored to have been selected as grant recipients of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s Rebuilding Women initiative, which truly gives women the opportunity to rebuild their lives in safety.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence to provide financial assistance. In 2020 and 2021, more than 10 times the funds were needed each year compared to 2019 to help victims of domestic violence who had lost their jobs, whose children were not in school or daycare and who had need emergency assistance to stay in their new, safe homes, the press release said.
“AWF is committed to ensuring that women and girls in our communities are not left behind,” said DiShonda Hughes, AWF Mission Director, “We challenge the negative effect of COVID-19 pandemic on women by providing funding and support to nonprofit organizations that help women break down barriers and lead healthy, safe, and economically empowered lives.
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