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Fairfield County Community Foundation Award

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The Fairfield County Community Foundation has awarded a $5,000 competitive grant to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center that will assist the agency in its long-range planning process.

 Over the past two years, the DVCC has experienced tremendous growth due to the restructuring of the agency and its programs, a strong focus on community outreach and greater collaboration efforts with other agencies and service providers. New resources have been directed to its SafeHouses, court and legal project, housing program, medical advocacy project and its PeaceWorks preventative education program. Simultaneously, the agency is committed to working toward system changes that will benefit victims of domestic violence in the future.

 A long-range plan will ensure that as the agency continues to evolve and grow, it focuses its resources as advantageously as possible, according to DVCC Executive Director Rachelle Kucera Mehra.

 “The DVCC is at a pivotal point in its growth and development and needs to plan for ongoing change,” Kucera Mehra said. “We thank the Fairfield County Community Foundation for investing in the future of the DVCC and in the future of the lives of the individuals we serve.”

 The grant will help to underwrite the strategic planning process begun by the agency several months ago.

 The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is committed to promoting the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. The agency offers confidential services at no charge, that include court and legal services, group and individual counseling, temporary shelter, housing services, children’s services, medical advocacy,  multilingual services, PeaceWorks prevention education and a 24-hour hotline (1-888-774-2900). DVCC is the only domestic violence agency serving the communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston. In fiscal year 2008 – 2009, DVCC provided shelter and counseling services to over 4,000 unduplicated victims of domestic violence, and PeaceWorks provided programs to nearly 27,000 students and conducted workshops and awareness events for nearly 4,000 adults.

 The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds and contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded over $110 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.