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Family Shelter Service Chosen for Allstate Foundation Grant

An Allstate Foundation grant to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) has resulted in a $25,000 grant to Family Shelter Service for its employment and financial literacy program for clients affected by domestic abuse. Known as the "Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program," the Allstate Foundation grant is designed to focus on job readiness and economic independence. Family Shelter Service was among three organizations selected for the grant and was chosen because of the success of its Career Club and Financial Literacy Programs that help to put individuals affected by domestic abuse on the road to financial self-sufficiency.
Family Shelter Service Director of Training and Community Outreach Peg Radke explained how the Family Shelter program works. "By combining employment assistance and financial literacy in one program for our clients, we are paving the way for their success and financial empowerment."
ICADV has also chosen to use Family Shelter's Career Club and Financial Literacy Programs as a model for other agencies in a pilot program that will examine its effectiveness in other Illinois counties with a different demographic — more urbanized or primarily rural. Immigrant survivors of domestic abuse will also be part of the study. By learning how this program can best be adapted for individuals in other areas of the state, ICADV will gain a better understanding of how it could be made to work for all areas of Illinois.
The $25,000 grant will enable Family Shelter Service to purchase laptop computers, cover the costs of producing training manuals, and provide clients with gas cards and other incentives that will enable them to participate in these financial empowerment sessions. In 2011, Family Shelter Service served approximately 2,000 adults and children through its shelter facilities, trauma-informed counseling and orders of protection. For more information, please visit www.familyshelterservice.org.

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