Awards Support Homeless Young Women, People Fleeing Domestic Violence
YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) received two awards in the last quarter of 2020 through The Women’s Fund of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc.
The first award of $20,000 supports New Horizons, serving homeless young women ages 18-24 with housing and wrap-around care. The second award of $12,000 supports YWCA MV’s transitional and rapid-rehousing programs Safe Horizons and New Beginnings, which offer rental assistance and vital support for survivors of domestic violence and their families.
The funding will allow YWCA MV case managers to provide a fresh, new start for clients, including furnishings and other household needs, throughout 2021.
“This generous award from The Women’s Fund allows the women and families in our care to begin their journey to health and happiness with a fully furnished place to call their own,” says YWCA MV CEO Dianne Stancato. “Everyone deserves an uplifting and comfortable environment, and this award makes that possible for these women who come to us with nothing.”
“We are thankful to The Women’s Fund for their kindness and continuous impact on the lives of women and girls in our community,” adds Stancato.
“The Women’s Fund is pleased to partner with the YWCA as they work with untiring efforts to provide service, support, and assistance to women and girls within the Mohawk Valley,” says Women’s Fund Board President Patrice King. “Perhaps this time, more than any other, offers the opportunity for community organizations to come together and combine forces to help the most vulnerable among us. The Women’s Fund is firm in its commitment to local women as we seek to create economic, educational, and personal growth opportunities for women of all ages and to encourage their advancement and full participation in the community.”
“We look forward to being an active participant in the successful initiatives of the YWCA as they continue their forward movement in helping women to better assure their pathway to safety, health, and happiness, today and into the future,” adds King.
YWCA Mohawk Valley is the sole provider of domestic and sexual violence crisis services in Oneida County and operator of the nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center and sexual violence crisis services in Herkimer County. For 24-hour services in Herkimer County, call 315.866.4120. For crisis services in Oneida County, call or text 315.797.7740. In both counties, visit ywcamv.org/Chat to directly reach an advocate through YWCA MV’s secure chat server. For more information about YWCA MV, visit ywcamv.org.