Christian Relief Services is pleased to announce that the Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded it a grant of $2,500 in support of its Safe Places transitional housing program for victims of domestic violence and their children operating 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.
With a lack of resources, someone to turn to, hard to find affordable housing and long wait lists, too many victims of domestic violence and their children are forced to make the terrible choice between suffering continued abuse at home or becoming homeless.
But, when a victim of domestic violence enters the Safe Places program she is safe and cared for. First, she is assigned a case manager who works with her and her children to develop her individual 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 is her advocate when seeking community resources and/or support.
Once in the Safe Places program, in addition to the safe housing that she is able to afford based on her wages, and the case management support which this important Wells Fargo Foundation grant will help to pay for, she is the recipient of her own individualized financial counseling through Christian Relief Services’ Safe Places Economic Empowerment Program for up to 24 months so that when this transitional period is over she will be able to support herself and her children on her own.
“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 Safe Places Program Director, Amanda Moyer.