The Vincent Mulford Foundation has granted the Center Against Domestic Violence $50,000 for our One Time Emergency Fund shelter assistance program! We are thankful for this extraordinary contribution to the Center’s lifesaving services. This fund will financially support individuals and families we serve by allotting small allowances to help overcome immediate problems typically resulting in homelessness.

Financial issues commonly force victims to return to their batterers. Economic abuse is a component of domestic violence and batterers prohibit their victims from achieving economic independence. Because of this, survivors and the general homeless population face similar barriers to employment; education, language, affordable child-care and housing, and minimum-wage employment. By alleviating these issues we offer the survivors a clean slate and a better opportunity to heal and transform their lives.

We use the One Time Emergency Fund in a variety of ways, including:

  • Purchasing small kitchen appliances, dishes, and cookware for a new, safe apartment;
  • Purchasing child-specific items such as strollers or school supplies;
  • Purchasing an item to help survivors develop skills or start a job, such as a sewing machine.

Recipients of the fund are families that currently reside within one of our shelters, have previously resided within our shelters, attend our weekly support groups, or that receive one-on-one case managing or counseling. These women and children are domestic violence victims transitioning into survivorship.

Homelessness and financial hardship are risks often taken and experienced by the families we serve. Avoiding immediate danger and entering a domestic violence shelter to escape abuse often means arriving at our discrete locations with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. The One Time Emergency Fund was established to address the immediate issues derived from homelessness, such as not having toilet paper, soap and cookware.

For almost 40 years, the Center Against Domestic Violence has worked toward a society free from violence by transforming the lives of victims and raising awareness in our communities. The Center opened the first publicly-funded shelter in New York State and now operates three full-service shelters for victims and their children; groundbreaking education programs teach more than 27,000 young people each year how to have healthy relationships and prevent domestic violence; ongoing community based support, victim advocacy, and community outreach help eliminate domestic violence.

The Vincent Mulford Foundation was established in 1951 by the late Vincent Strong Mulford, a publisher and investor. The Foundation’s priority in the last 25 years has been to support programs in New York City and the City of Boston and its western suburbs that help homeless and potentially homeless people obtain and keep housing. The Foundation has supported the Center’s work since 2007.