KCSDV receives $52,000 grant to continue financial literacy programming
The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence was awarded a $52,000 grant by The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program. Kansas is one of nine state coalitions to receive this grant, which will allow KCSDV and its member programs to expand economic empowerment initiatives in Kansas.
Why is economic empowerment a priority?
Perpetrators often use economic abuse as a means to control their partners, so long-term financial security is essential for a victim?s safety. Advocacy efforts often focus on legislative, policy and program initiatives intended to provide safety for victims and accountability for batterers.
"We must tap into all available resources to assist survivors in removing economic barriers to their safety and long term survival," said Mary Bradshaw, KCSDV economic justice coordinator. "We are grateful to The Allstate Foundation and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Fund for supporting our efforts to create new and innovative solutions to complex problems."
KCSDV and Women's Transitional Care Services (WTCS) are past recipients of funding from the Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program. This new funding will allow WTCS to expand its services and continue its leadership role in financial literacy and economic advocacy.
This funding will also enhance the economic empowerment initiatives of three additional member programs — SAFEHOME in Overland Park, SOS in Emporia, and StepStone in Wichita. "Project F.I.S.H.: Financial Independence, Strategies and Healing" includes the implementation of the Allstate Financial Empowerment Curriculum. In addition, SAFEHOME and SOS will provide financial literacy classes in Spanish for Latina survivors, WTCS, StepStone and SOS will utilize the Individual Development Account (IDA) element, and SAFEHOME plans to enhance its existing job-readiness services.
Bradshaw says that the four participating programs will be in unique positions to serve as models and mentors as Kansas moves forward in the quest for economic advocacy for all. Project F.I.S.H will be funded from December 1, 2008 through November 30, 2009.
The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program
The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program is part of an ongoing initiative to provide economic empowerment services and support to domestic violence survivors nationwide. The Allstate Foundation, in alliance with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Fund and its affiliated state coalitions, provides resources to support survivors of domestic violence.