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The Pew Charitable Trusts grants $194,000 to support children’s education services!

The Pew Charitable Trusts has awarded a three-year grant of $194,000 to support children's education services at Women Against Abuse (WAA) residential programs!

The grant will fund academic programs -- including WAA's After-School Program and Young Survivors Summer Camp -- for children and youth who have had to flee their homes to escape from domestic violence. Many of these boys and girls struggle to adapt as they leave the familiar and encounter new schools and neighborhoods.

WAA's After-School Program and Summer Camp offer these children a safe, stable and supportive place to learn and grow. The After-School Program has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing children's homework completion, building literacy and computer skills, and reducing negative behaviors.

Children make up one-half of WAA's shelter population and 60% of Sojourner House residents. WAA's children's services play a critical role in helping children and youth adjust and heal after exposure to domestic violence, which may increase a child's risk of experiencing abuse in adolescence and adulthood.

"This award means so much for the boys and girls we work with," said Arlene Malcolm-Bell, WAA's Children's Education Services Manager. "These children and teenagers are experiencing a difficult time of upheaval, but with a stable, supportive environment, we are seeing amazing progress in terms of their overall well-being!"

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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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Sheila’s Story

Sheila’s Story

Sheila arrived at the Women Against Abuse Emergency Shelter after waking up in a hospital emergency room.

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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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Sarah’s Story

Sarah’s Story

Sarah joined Women Against Abuse in September 2010 through a partnership program with the German peace and volunteer organization ARSP.

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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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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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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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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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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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Beth Huffman’s Story

Beth Huffman’s Story

When a survivor's child was in trouble, Beth Huffman helped organize a press conference to get the story out on behalf of Women Against Abuse's Legal Center.

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