The Issue: Safe Housing for Domestic-Violence Survivors
One in four American women has experienced domestic violence at the hands of a spouse or partner, according to a 2000 report from the Centers for Disease Control. When abused women try to start a new life away from their abuser, they often need to find safe housing for themselves and their children. Shelters such as Hope Alliance offer stability for families during their stay by providing counseling and other resources, including warm, nutritious meals.
The Campaign: Feeding Women and Kids Living at the Shelter
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Hope Alliance to provide food to its shelter residents. This includes three warm, healthy meals per day for women and their children, plus snacks. For every $250 raised, Hope Alliance can feed all 35 of its residents for one week.
Originally founded as a rape-crisis center in 1984, Hope Alliance expanded its services to help survivors of domestic violence soon after. Along with providing legal assistance and victim's-rights education, Hope Alliance runs a 24-hour crisis hotline and emergency shelter. There, case managers work one-on-one with women and their kids, helping them plan for future stability while keeping them safe and fed. An on-staff children’s counselor provides special programming and therapy for kids who have witnessed or experienced abuse, and a community-outreach program helps educate the public about the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.
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