U.S. Department of Justice Awards Safe Harbour $340,000 to Establish a Tri-County Transitional Housing Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

U.S. Department of Justice Awards Safe Harbour $ 340,000 to Establish a Tri-County Transitional Housing Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

Beachwood, OH (PRWEB) September 12, 2006

Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. has been awarded a Transitional Housing Assistance Grant by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to establish Homeward Bound, a transitional housing project. This is the first time that these grant monies have been bestowed to any agency in the Firelands Area.

Grants made under this program support programs that provide assistance to individuals and their children who are in need of housing assistance as a result of fleeing a situation of domestic violence, and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.

Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. joined with the Volunteers of America of Northwest Ohio, Inc., Zonta Club of Sandusky Area, Ottawa County Transitional Housing, Inc., and the Sandusky Area YMCA to form Homeward Bound. Additionally, local landlords, churches, the OSU Extension Office, and other service providers are key elements to the overall project’s success.

The purpose of this partnership is to create comprehensive, wrap-around services for victims of domestic violence, who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, who reside in Erie, Ottawa, or Huron counties in the state of Ohio. Homeward Bound represents the commitment of agencies and community members in the three counties to work together to streamline efforts, search for effective alternatives, and leverage existing resources in order to create holistic, victim-centered services that assist victims of domestic violence obtain safe, secure, and permanent housing.

“Homeward Bound will make a tremendous difference for women and their children in our community by filling a current gap for those who victimized by domestic violence” said Linda Mitchell, Executive Director of Safe Harbour. “For more than five years, I have dreamed of establishing a transitional housing program and I am thrilled about the opportunity that the Office on Violence Against Women has provided us” she further stated. Safe Harbour called upon Lauren Litton of I.S.P. Consulting, based in Norwalk, Ohio to assist in locating and securing funding for the project, as she has worked nationally on violence against women and child abuse related issues.

Ms. Litton indicated that “this project is built upon the belief that with the necessary time, support and opportunities, families will be able to live violence free and break the cycle of poverty and domestic violence.” Safe Harbour will work with its partners to offer clients intensive case management services. It is anticipated that clients will locate and obtain the housing of their choice, receive necessary subsidies, and increase their self-sufficiency skills in order to maintain their housing once the subsidies have ended. As of September 1, 2006 the project will enter into its planning phase with the goal of being operational by the end of the year.

For more information about the transitional program or Safe Harbour’s services, contact Linda Mitchell at (419) 621-7785 or for information about community collaboration and violence against women and children contact Lauren Litton at (419) 660-8000.


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Vietnamese Canadians Urged to Help Earthquake Victims in South Asia

Vietnamese Canadians Urged to Help Earthquake Victims in South Asia

OTTAWA (PRWEB) October 21, 2005

In response to the plight of the millions of victims of the recent earthquake in South Asia, particularly in Pakistan where the death toll can rise up to 70,000, the Vietnamese Canadian Federation is calling upon all members of the Vietnamese community in Canada to join in the campaign that has been mounted to raise funds to help these victims. The money contributed before October 26, 2005 will be matched by the Canadian government.

Donations can be sent directly to either of the following organizations:    

Canadian Red Cross

National Office

170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300

Ottawa, ON K2P 2P2

Tel: (613) 740-1900, Fax: (613) 740-1911

CARE Canada

Donation Processing Centre

P.O. Box 800, Station K

Toronto, ON M4P 2H2

Tel: 1-800-267-5232.

This is the fourth time in 2005 that the Federation has urged members of the Vietnamese Canadian community to contribute to the relief funds set up to help victims of natural disasters and human tragedies, including the tsunami in Asia and Africa last December, the fire which killed five persons of a family of Cambodian origin in Ottawa early this year, and the recent Katrina hurricane in Southern U.S.

The Vietnamese Canadian Federation is an umbrella organization of 12 community associations in the Vietnamese community across Canada. It was established in 1980 to coordinate social, cultural, and sports activities in the community. Its office is located in Ottawa.

Tel. (613) 230-8282.


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Ottawa Rotary Clubs Continue to Support Sri Lankan Tsunami Victims on Second Anniversary of Boxing Day Disaster

The cornerstone was laid on December 19 for a community Rotacentre located in Paiyagala, 45 kilometers south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for the use of fishermen victims of the 2004 tsunami and their families. On the second anniversary of the Southeast Asian disaster that deprived so many Sri Lankan fishermen of their homes and livelihood, several Rotary Clubs in Ottawa are now financing the construction of the “Ottawa Rotacentre” there.

The Ottawa Rotary Clubs are co-operating with the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan which is overseeing the construction and operation of this first Rotacentre in Sri Lanka. It will complement the gift of some 27 Rotaboats given to 54 Tamil and Sinhalese fisher families in the summer of 2005 by these same Ottawa-area Rotary Clubs. Before the tsunami struck on Boxing Day 2004, fishing was the basis of the local economy and a chief source of food for Sri Lankans. West Ottawa Rotarian George Grande, Canada’s former High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, commented, “This Rotacentre project carries on the vital work already done by Ottawa Rotary in Sri Lanka. It fills a continuing need in the efforts of fishermen to return to normal life. We must never forget them and their disaster.”

The new Rotacentre will be used for repairing nets and engines and also for recreation and meetings of the fishermen’s families. It is planned to build an adjoining playground later. The cornerstone was laid by George and Charmaine Neufeld of Ottawa, charter members of the Ottawa Rotary Tsunami Support Group, and co-ordinated by Kathryn Williams of the Rotary Club of Ottawa.

The Rotary Clubs co-operating in this venture are the Rotary Club of Ottawa, Rotary Club of West Ottawa, Rotary Club of Ottawa South, Rotary Club of South Nepean, Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata, Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown, Rotary Club of Kanata Sunrise, and the Rotaract Club of Ottawa (university students’ club).

About Rotary: Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in over 32,000 clubs in 170 countries. Rotary members initiate community projects that address many of today’s most critical issues such as violence, AIDS, hunger, the environment and health care.