Domestic Violence Survivors Find a Fresh Start

When domestic violence survivors finally find the courage to leave their abuser, they are often faced with the challenge of setting up their new homes from scratch. The Salvation Army Anew Center in Jamestown, N.Y., addresses that need by providing kits of basic household items that will help survivors restart their lives.

Pots, pans, silverware, mops, laundry detergent, glasses and bath towels are among the items included in the kits. A recent $25,000 HopeLine from Verizon grant will help the Salvation Army expand that program and provide kits to approximately 100 additional local survivors.  HopeLine from Verizon connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and recycles unusable phones to help protect the environment.

“Often times, when survivors leaves their abuser, they leave everything behind,” said Stacey Tanner, program director for the Salvation Army Anew Center. “So, some of the things we take for granted on a daily basis are the things we’re going to be able to provide for them when they get their new home.”

The grant will also support a billboard campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence services in Chautauqua County and let victims know where they can turn to for safety if they are dealing with domestic abuse.

The HopeLine grant is part of Verizon Wireless’ ongoing efforts to support the victims and families of domestic violence in our communities and the organizations that serve them. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has donated more than $21 million in cash grants to partner agencies through its HopeLine program.