Oasis/Family Resource Center Awarded $5,000 Grant In Michigan

CADILLAC, MI — Northwest-Lower Michigan women and their families will benefit from a $5,000 donation made by Verizon Wireless to OASIS/Family Resource Center. The center provides residential shelter and advocacy services, as well as nonresidential counseling, advocacy and support services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness in Wexford and Missaukee counties.

“Verizon Wireless is a supportive community partner that understands and appreciates the importance of OASIS/Family Resource Center’s mission,” said Sally Repeck, executive director of the center. “This grant will allow our organization to continue to strengthen and safeguard the families of Wexford and Missaukee counties.”

The grant will enable OASIS/Family Resource Center to continue to provide in-home, school-setting and on-site educational and support services, including its Women’s Empowerment Group, the Alternatives to Violence men’s group, and parenting and stress management classes.

“We value the important work that the Cadillac-area OASIS/Family Resource Center accomplishes in the community,” said John Granby, president–Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. “This grant reinforces our company’s commitment to end domestic violence and our support of organizations that provide critical services within their communities.”

The $5,000 gift was made possible by the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program, which converts no-longer-used wireless phones into support for domestic violence survivors. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones, awarded more than $10 million in cash grants to prevention and awareness programs nationwide, and donated more than 106,000 HopeLine phones with 319 million minutes of airtime to domestic violence organizations for use by survivors. Phones that cannot be refurbished are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero-landfill policy.

Last year in Michigan, Verizon Wireless and the Verizon Foundation donated nearly $200,000 in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and shelters. Verizon Wireless and HopeLine also donated 3 million minutes of service to help domestic violence survivors in Michigan in 2010. HopeLine wireless phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation, including the Cadillac store at 3970 U.S. Highway 131 S.

For more information on the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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