Hope House has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Verizon

Hope House has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Verizon through their HopeLine program

Lee’s Summit, Mo.(October 26, 2017) – Hope House has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Verizon through their HopeLine program, which will support the agency's Shelter Program and the advocates who provide life-saving interventions for survivors of domestic violence. Shelter Advocates are essential to the functioning of the Shelter Program and the access of self-sufficiency programs for survivors.

Hope House serves more than 600 adults and 300 children annually in the residential shelter program, each of whom have suffered many types of violence, ranging from verbal/emotional abuse to physical abuse, threats, and assaults with weapons.

"Domestic Violence agencies rely on the community's support to meet the needs of survivors and their children," said Hope House CEO, MaryAnne Metheny. "That's why programs like Verizon HopeLine are so important. This allows these advocates the life-saving resources needed to assist women and their families recover and rebuild their lives."

Survivors who access shelter services represent all racial, economic, religious, educational, and age backgrounds. In 2016, the majority of Hope House shelter clients were white (44%), African-American (37%), and Hispanic (10%).  English was clients' primary language (98%), followed by Spanish. Among Adults, Hope House sheltered women (98%), men (1%), and those of unspecified gender (1%). Although Hope House sheltered adults ages 17 through over 65, the largest age bracket for adult clients in shelter was 30-39 years of age (35%). On average, adults entered shelter with two children. Although most adult survivors (97%) enter shelter primarily for domestic violence, 2% seek refuge at Hope House following a sexual assault and 1% seeks shelter from a stalking incident. The survivors who accessed shelter services at Hope House in 2016 suffered many types of abuse at the hands of their abusers: 93% were abused verbally, psychologically, or emotionally; 90% were physically assaulted; 69% were confined; and 52% were stalked. Over one-third (33%) experienced rape/sexual assault by their abuser.

"We are proud to support an organization like Hope House, which is making a difference in the lives of survivors of domestic violence every day," said Domenico D'Ambrosio, president of Verizon Wireless in Missouri. "HopeLine has been a passion for Verizon Wireless for almost 15 years, and we are proud to help play a role in ending domestic violence in our communities."

Domestic violence affects all communities. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime regardless of socio-economic background or ethnicity - more than breast, ovarian and lung cancer combined.

About Hope House

Hope House provides comprehensive domestic violence services including a total of 122 beds at two shelter locations, 24-hour crisis hotline, court and hospital advocacy programs, individual and group therapy, safe supervised visitation program, for court-ordered visits, as well as comprehensive services encompassing prevention, education and support for thousands of people traumatized by domestic violence every year.

For more information: www.hopehouse.net or (816) 461-4188

 

ABOUT VERIZON WIRELESS' HOPELINE PROGRAM

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs across the country. HopeLine started in 2001 because we believe we have the network, technology and people to help make a difference. Verizon has a longstanding commitment to ending domestic violence in the communities where we live and work.

Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program collects no-longer used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless carrier. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way. Proceeds from the program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.