Altria Companies Employee Community Fund awards $10,000 for children’s services!
Women Against Abuse received a $10,000 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund to expand education services for young children residing in its emergency safe haven!
This grant will enable Women Against Abuse to expand hours of operation of its Early Learning Center — an education-focused, trauma-informed childcare program for children less than six years old — into the afternoon. The Early Learning Center previously operated from 9 AM to noon each week day due to limited funding. Expanded hours will enable Early Learning Center staff to incorporate more activities focused on preparing children for kindergarten, while providing additional childcare services to their mothers, who would otherwise be unable to afford childcare support.
Half of the residents in Women Against Abuse’s emergency safe haven for survivors of domestic violence are children. To help children adjust to the many changes they face as they leave their homes and move into emergency shelter, Women Against Abuse provides extensive services for children, including children’s case management and distinct educational programs for pre-school and school-aged children. As a result of these programs, children are able to start the process of healing from domestic violence and begin thriving under the care and attention of dedicated staff.