The “Treasure Valley Domestic Violence Collaboration,” will have an extra $26,500 to do its work, thanks to a grant from the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation. The money will support new project called the Treasure Valley Economic Action Plan that will provide financial literacy training and education for local victims of domestic violence.
The collaboration includes The Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA), along with FACES, the Nampa Justice Center, Advocates against Family Violence of Caldwell, City Life of Emmett, the Valley Crisis Center of Nampa and the Boise State University School of Social Work. The grant will support curriculum and two part time trainers to teach the program to clients and staff.
Lack of financial literacy and financial independence are among the factors that keep victims of abuse in unhealthy situations.
“To date, our community has been unable to offer a comprehensive financial literacy program designed specifically to victims of domestic violence due to lack of funding,” said Bea Black, Executive Director of the WCA. “These programs are proven to be successful, and we are so pleased we are able to finally implement one in the Treasure Valley.”
In addition to the IWCF grant, the project has also received $25,000 — $20,000 from the United Way of Treasure Valley, and $5,000 from Home Federal Bank.