SafeHouse Denver honored for supporting domestic violence survivors

Since 1977, SafeHouse Denver has played an essential role in helping adults, children and youth escape from domestic violence and build happy, healthy lives for themselves.

Bank of America recognized the agency for its tremendous work in the local community by naming it a 2017 Neighborhood Builder. This award provides SafeHouse Denver with a unique combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, and a network of peer organizations across the U.S. It also provides the opportunity to access capital in order to expand their impact in the community.

“Nonprofits like SafeHouse Denver are instrumental in addressing critical community needs and strengthening the economic health of our city,” said Jodi Rolland, Colorado State and Denver market president, Bank of America. “Neighborhood Builders is just one example of how we deploy capital in communities and build cross-sector partnerships in order to advance economic and social progress as part of our approach to responsible growth.”

The program will also allow us to serve 80 to 100 more adults and children at our emergency shelter, as beds will turn over more quickly, therefore having a significant impact on reducing homelessness among this high-risk population.

Victoria McVicker
SafeHouse Denver CEO

SafeHouse Denver has already started putting the funding to good use by purchasing a six-unit apartment building that will house its future Extended-Stay Program (ESP). ESP residents will include women who are out of acute crisis but need additional time, between two and four months, to access more long-term housing and other resources. “With the addition of the Extended-Stay Program, we will be able to offer a full continuum of care to survivors of domestic violence and their children,” said SafeHouse Denver CEO Victoria McVicker. “The program will also allow us to serve 80 to 100 more adults and children at our emergency shelter, as beds will turn over more quickly, therefore having a significant impact on reducing homelessness among this high-risk population.”

Since 2013, through Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America has partnered with six nonprofits in Denver, investing over $1 million to help them expand their scope and programing to better serve the community. The money also helps organizations prepare for the future by providing the tools and resources they need to develop stronger strategic plans, chart a succession plan, navigate difficult economic times and enhance funding opportunities.

8/9/18

 

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