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The Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. awards Women Against Abuse $45,000 to help survivors!

Women Against Abuse (WAA) received a $45,000 grant from the Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. (HAFI) to help women and children survivors of domestic violence ease into long-term affordable housing after months, sometimes years, of homelessness.

This grant will help 20 women and their children who are ready to move into safe housing overcome initial financial hurdles, specifically meeting the cost of security deposits, first and last month’s rent, and major household furnishings.

Women and children arrive at WAA’s safe haven — Philadelphia’s only shelter dedicated to the needs of survivors of domestic violence — to escape abuse, often with less than two suitcases and without basic personal items, such as birth certificates, needed to rebuild their lives. Many residents have extensive histories of unstable housing, income and employment as a result of domestic violence. Survivors often have to take extreme measures to keep themselves and their children safe, including moving into new neighborhoods, changing their jobs, and transferring their children to new schools.

Women Against Abuse case managers, behavioral therapists and a housing specialist work intensively with residents to overcome these obstacles and explore all options for safe housing. WAA’s Safe at Home Program provides continued support for survivors in their new communities, helping them transition and develop skills for self-sufficiency, while maintaining an active safety plan. Because of the Safe at Home program, survivors are able to receive intensive support for up to 24 months during a hectic period when they are adjusting to living on their own for the first time in years, often times in neighborhoods they’ve never stepped foot in before. HAFI support will ensure that 20 families in WAA’s Safe at Home Program can successfully transition into safe neighborhoods. Last year, WAA’s Safe at Home Program worked with 57 families in various Philadelphia neighborhoods.

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Sara’s Story

Sara’s Story

Sara* was a victim of domestic violence who transformed into a strong and capable mother with support from Women Against Abuse.

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

“This is not OK; this is not who I will be; I will love my children; violence will not be allowed in my home.”

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Kathleen’s Story

Kathleen’s Story

Up until three years ago, Kathleen's* life was defined by her husband's moods, needs and whims.

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Catherine’s Story

Catherine’s Story

When I first met my abuser, I was just 14 years old and he was 20. I thought I was in love, so I ignored the disapproval of my mom and sister.

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Mike’s Story

Mike's Story

Mike, a former police detective with the Philadelphia Police Department, has been working as the police liaison for Women Against Abuse, so that he can help survivors in ways he couldn’t as a detective.

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Renee’s Story

Renee’s Story

Renee Norris Jones experienced 7 years of domestic violence at a time when few resources existed to help victims escape abuse.

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Justine’s Story

Justine’s Story

Justine got to know Eric in college, while working part time at a Virginia-based home improvement store. They began casually dating in 1999, eventually marrying in May of 2006. Looking back, her sister, Lauren, can see the red flags.

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Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis is a longtime supporter of Women Against Abuse who has used her expertise in traditional labor law to assist WAA for over two decades.

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Doug Schoenberg’s Story

Doug Schoenberg’s Story

Doug Schoenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of SofterWare, Inc., recently provided a challenge match through the Schoenberg Family Charitable Fund as an incentive to help Women Against Abuse gain new monthly donors.

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Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

Lonnie & Jordan’s Story

The life-saving work that Women Against Abuse achieves each day would not be possible without the support of advocates in the community.

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1.866.723.3014

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