Bank Foundation Helps Domestic Violence Agency Offer Supportive Housing

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ELIZABETH — The Investors Savings Bank Foundation, which provides charitable funding to non-profit organizations in the neighborhoods the bank serves, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the YWCA of Eastern Union County.

The YWCA is the region’s lead domestic violence agency, and operates a wide variety of programs to help women and their children lead independent lives and achieve freedom from abuse.  The agency operates a 24-hour domestic violence hotline and staffs a volunteer domestic violence response team.  Last year, the YWCA provided 95 women and 121 children with emergency shelter and support services that included case management, counseling, financial literacy and life skills training, legal help, and assistance with access to social services.

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The grant from the Investors Savings Bank Foundation will help fund a supportive housing program that helps women find employment and become independent after leaving temporary shelters.  The agency subsidizes eight apartments at undisclosed locations throughout the county.

“We’re enormously grateful to our friends at the Investors Savings Bank Foundation,” said Janice C. Lilien, executive director of the YWCA of Eastern Union County.  “Their generosity will help us continue empowering women to break free of the cycle of domestic violence and lead full and independent lives.”

Kevin Cummings, president and CEO of Investors Savings Bank and a member of the Foundation’s board, praised the agency for its efforts to combat domestic violence.  “We’re glad to lend our support to the YWCA’s pursuit of its important mission,” he said.


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