PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Avon Foundation for Women awarded a $62,500 grant to Hope’s Door for the domestic violence agency’s “Next Step Economic Empowerment Program.”
The grant is one of 16 awarded by the Avon Foundation this year. Since the Avon Domestic Violence Survivor Empowerment Program launched, the Avon Foundation has supported 111 economic empowerment programs throughout the United States by providing more than $6.5 million in grants.
“The critical funds awarded to Hope’s Door for the Next Step Economic Empowerment program can make a lasting difference to domestic violence survivors in Westchester County," said Next Step Economic Empowerment Coordinator Julissa Nicasio-Urena. "Survivors of abuse are assisted to identify their goals and attain financial independence through educational and vocational training and are offered supports needed to assist them in living financially independent and violence-free lives.”
Carla Horton, Hope’s Door executive director, commented on receiving the award.
“One in every four women has experienced partner abuse during her lifetime," she said. "Most victims of intimate partner abuse return to the abuser an average of seven times before they are able to escape the violence. This is due in large part to their lack of financial independence. Thanks to the funds provided by the Avon Foundation for Women, Hope’s Door will be able to empower survivors to become economically independent and live free of abuse.”
Avon Foundation for Women President Cheryl Heionen spoke about breaking the domestic violence cycle.
“The Avon Foundation for Women is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and is proud to support Hope’s Door,” she said. “With the help of these hands-on coordinators, we hope that more women in Westchester County can end the cycle of abuse and ensure safety for themselves and their families.”
For more information on the Next Step program and the other services available at Hope’s Door, call the agency’s 24-hour confidential hotline at 888-438-8700.