Sojourner House Receives $1.1 Million in Federal Grants to Support Victims of Abuse

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PROVIDENCE — Sojourner House announced Thursday that the organization has received two federal grants totaling $1.1 million to help expand services for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.

The organization said one grant, a $723,619 scholarship over three years, will be used to improve victims’ access to diverse and comprehensive services that victims of labor and sex trafficking need to meet their multiple needs. This initiative will focus on the underserved cities of Providence, Central Falls and Woonsocket, Sojourner House said.

The other grant, totaling approximately $380,000, will be used to increase the availability of accessible victim-centered and trauma-informed services for deaf and hard of hearing survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Sojourner House said the grant will also support collaborative efforts between the organization and the Tri-County Community Action Agency to help deaf and hard of hearing victims.

“Victims of violence and abuse often need comprehensive support because of the severe trauma they have suffered,” U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., said in a statement. “From safe housing to addiction counseling to financial education, Sojourner House will be able to provide victims with a much-needed helping hand to rebuild their lives.”

Sojourner House executive director Vanessa Volz said in a statement that the funding “will significantly help improve and expand the state’s coordinated efforts to help victims of trafficking find housing, deal with trauma and live a life free of abuse.”

James Bessette is PBN’s Special Projects Editor and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You can reach him at [email protected]. You can also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.

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