Indiana grants $500,000 to domestic violence shelters

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) awarded $500,000 in grant funding to 26 non-profits to provide emergency shelter and services to victims of domestic violence and their dependents.

The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program.

“Domestic violence shelters are there for people during some of the darkest moments in their lives,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. “They provide a safe haven in the community, and we’ll continue to use every tool at our disposal to reinforce the work they’re doing to care for those in need.”

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute released the following:

Established in 1981, the SSBG program is a flexible funding source that allows states to tailor social service programming to address their needs. In Indiana, the funding is distributed to the Indiana Department of Child Services, which allocates a portion to ICJI to assist residential domestic violence programs.

This year, organizations will use the grants to provide items like food, clothing, transportation and shelter to survivors in crisis. The goal of the program is to help offset the cost of certain operational expenses, so that other funding may be used to provide support services.

“Providing access to safe accommodation and shelter, along with survivor-centered support, such as counseling and criminal justice resources, can break the cycle of violence and help people begin to recover,” said Kim Lambert, ICJI Victim Services Director. “The grant funding we’re releasing today is part of a larger strategy to increase access to those services.”

The grants were approved by the ICJI Board of Trustees earlier this month and will be made available to organizations starting in July.

The following is a list of the 2022 SSBG award recipients.

Organization County Award Amount
YWCA Northeast Indiana Allen $32,200
Columbus Regional Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc. Bartholomew $27,500
A Better Way Services, Inc. Delaware $17,500
Hope Springs Safe House, Inc. Fountain $13,800
Sheltering Wings Center for Women Hendricks $19,700
Family Service Association of Howard County, Inc. Howard $12,600
North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center, Inc. Jasper $21,800
Jennings County Council on Domestic Violence Jennings $6,500
Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse, Inc. DBA Beaman Home Kosciusko $17,400
Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc. La Porte $13,100
Haven House, Inc. Lake $18,500
St. Jude House, Inc. Lake $16,400
Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County Madison $27,300
The Julian Center, Inc. Marion $35,000
The Salvation Army Marion $11,500
Middle Way House, Inc. Monroe $23,100
Family Crisis Shelter Montgomery $21,800
Desert Rose Foundation, Inc. Morgan $11,400
The Caring Place Porter $8,300
Safe Passage, Inc. Ripley $20,000
YWCA North Central Indiana St. Joseph/Elkhart $36,000
YWCA Greater Lafayette Tippecanoe $21,800
Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Inc. Vanderburgh $23,500
YWCA of Evansville, IN Inc. Vanderburgh $15,900
Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. Vigo $10,000
Prisoner & Community Together, Inc. Washington $17,400

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