Tariq Farid Foundation Delivers Grant to Support Prudence Crandall Center

Grant will support Emergency Shelter for domestic violence victims

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (August 10, 2016) — The Tariq Farid Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to Prudence Crandall Center (PCC), the oldest domestic violence program in Connecticut. The grant will support residents of the organization’s Emergency Shelter, a 22-bed shelter where victims and their children may stay while receiving on-site counseling, health care and wrap-around support services.

The grant was presented by Kelly Hebrank, Director of the Tariq Farid Foundation, and Tariq Farid Foundation Vice President Asma Farid during a tour of the facility in New Britain.

Farid thanked the PCC staff for offering hope and a way forward for families in need.

“The work they do is so important for these families, many of whom have nowhere else to turn,” she said. “We are especially thankful for the attention and care they provide to children.”

Last year alone, Prudence Crandall Center (PCC) sheltered 154 individuals including children. In addition to an Emergency Shelter, PCC offers a continuum of services, including a 24-hour Helpline, 8 transitional living apartments where victims and their children may stay for up to two years; 20 units of permanent supportive housing; court advocacy for victims of family violence crimes; and community education and other services. Through all their programs, PCC touches the lives of 8,000 adults and children each year.

“My heart ached when I heard from their clients about their experiences with domestic violence,” said Hebrank. “We believe that everyone should be able to live free from chronic fear and violence, able to pursue their dreams and care for their families.”

Barbara Damon, Executive Director of Prudence Crandall Center, expressed appreciation for the grant.

“We are so thankful for the partnership and generous support from the Tariq Farid Foundation,” Damon said. “Even though we are the largest domestic violence shelter in the state, we have often been operating at 125% capacity over the past year, which has put a tremendous strain on our staff and program resources. This grant helps us to provide vital services for victims and their families, helping them heal and move forward to safer, healthier lives, free from violence.”

More information about Prudence Crandall Center, including how to sign up for a Hope Tour or how to donate money or in-kind items such as school uniforms and household goods, is available at www.prudencecrandall.org. To access the 24-hour Helpline, call 860-225-6357 or toll-free 888-774-2900. All services are free and confidential.

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