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Interval House, the state’s busiest domestic violence intervention and prevention organization, has received an $11,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

The much-needed funding will directly support victims staying at the agency’s 20-bed confidentially located safe house. On average, the nonprofit agency houses more than 240 women and children each year.

“This grant will have a direct and positive impact on our safe house residents and we can’t thank the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving enough,” said Mary-Jane Foster, Interval House’s President and CEO. “Women and children come to our safe house because of imminent danger and violence, so this grant will truly help us save lives.”

Foster said the grant will be used to help maintain the safe house, feed and clothe clients in residence and be used for unexpected costs associated with housing victims. Most, she said, come to the safe house with little
or no personal items when fleeing a violent incident.

“Since 1994, the Hartford Foundation has awarded small grants targeting nonprofits seeking to serve the basic human needs of residents in the community,” said Dawn Grant, the Hartford Foundation community
investments officer. “Interval House’s safe house program speaks directly to the Foundation’s interest in providing services and resources needed to safely and adequately meet the needs of families with children.”

Since 1977, Interval House has helped more than 230,000 victims of domestic violence. The agency operates a 24-hour crisis hotline, 20-bed emergency safe house and provides counseling for victims and advocates for clients in both the criminal and civil court system. It also has a children’s program, community education program, and a men’s initiative called: Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic ViolenceTM.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015, the Foundation celebrated 90 years of grant making in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $680 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.

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