Christian Relief Services Charities Receives Grant from Wells Fargo Foundation
for its Safe Places Transitional Housing Program Benefiting Victims of Domestic Violence
Christian Relief Services Charities is pleased to announce that the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded it a grant in support of its Safe Places transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence and their children which operates in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Since 1996, Safe Places has been vital to survivors of domestic violence offering safe, affordable housing to women and their children. The mission of Safe Places is to break the cycle of domestic violence so families can live their lives free of abuse.
Simply stated – Safe Places saves lives.
In Fairfax County, domestic violence is the leading cause of homicide. Victims also represent 41 percent of the homeless population in the county. When a woman leaves an abusive relationship, she is at the highest risk of danger and often has no place to go, faces discrimination, and often is temporarily unable to work. Women are then left with few financial resources, wherein finding and obtaining safe, affordable housing is nearly impossible.
With the lack of resources, affordable housing and long wait lists, many women and their children are forced to make the terrible choice between suffering abuse at home and becoming homeless.
A strong investment in transitional housing is crucial, so that the woman is able to leave the shelter system as quickly as possible – generally within 30 days – without returning to her abuser.
When a woman enters the Safe Places program she is assigned a case manager who works with her and her children to develop her individualized service plan and supports her through incremental steps to achieve her goals. This work takes place during home visits and out in the community where the case manager also serves as her advocate when seeking community resources and/or support.
Once in the Safe Places program, in addition to safe housing that she is able to afford based on her wages, she is offered case-management services provided by Safe Places staff, and individual financial counseling through its Economic Empowerment Program for up to 24 months so that when the transitional period is over she will be able to support herself and her children on her own.
Other opportunities for enrichment and wellness include connection with employment services and, if necessary, immigration legal services as well as individual and group therapy services.
One hundred percent of the grant will be used for program costs supporting case management services, according to Safe Places Program Director Amanda Moyer.
“On behalf of the clients we serve I want to express our sincere gratitude to the Wells Fargo Foundation for its generosity to the Safe Places program,” said Moyer.