MIDDLETOWN, CT, April 12, 2017: New Horizons Domestic Violence Shelter, operated by Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC), has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to purchase food and personal care supplies for shelter residents.
“This grant will help us provide essential resources to domestic violence victims, most of whom had to leave their homes quickly with few possessions,” says Kimberly Citron, PhD, Director of Domestic Violence Services, Research and Education. The state of Connecticut currently provides funding of $7 per day for each person in emergency shelter. The actual cost to house someone in the shelter is twice that – about $14 per day.
Last year, New Horizons shelter provided a safe haven for 37 adults and 21 children who faced physical danger and had no other safe place to go. Other services, such as crisis intervention, counseling, and criminal and civil court advocacy, were provided to more than 1,100 victims of domestic violence, either in person or by phone.
The grant is provided by Kalayjian Family Fund, the Middle Oak Fund, Herb and Ellen Patterson Memorial Fund, and the Jean and Biff Shaw Fund.
The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of the County, now and in the future, by developing endowments, making grants that have impact and assisting donors in meeting their philanthropic objectives. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has awarded 1,564 grants totaling more than $4.7 million for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements and for health and human services.