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Louisville-Area Survivors Of Child Abuse Benefit From Verizon Wireless Grant In Kentucky

Family & Children's Place Receives $5,000 for Early Childhood Abuse Prevention and Education Program

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May 14, 2009

Michelle Gilbert
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248-915-3680Kristena Morse
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LOUISVILLE, KY — Survivors of child abuse and their families in the Metro Louisville area will benefit from a $5,000 donation made by Verizon Wireless to Family & Children’s Place in Louisville, Ky.

The grant will help fund staff training, prevention efforts and program supplies for the Children’s Program, an early childhood education program for children from infancy to five years old who have been exposed to domestic violence or abuse. Typically, those enrolled have been removed from traditional early education or daycare programs and need attention from specially trained educators.

“This grant from Verizon Wireless enables us to provide specialized early childhood education to children who face the greatest risk of exclusion from such services due to their history of exposure to child abuse, domestic violence and/or their own social and emotional disturbances,” said Reylene Medina, director of development at Family & Children’s Place. “The severe emotional disturbances many children experience due to their abuse are a major stumbling block and present a continuous cycle of failure that we know can be broken. In order to stop this cycle of failure, the Children’s Program focuses on helping these youngsters realize their greatest potential for educational advancement and success in life. We are very thankful to Verizon Wireless for their support of our children and the Louisville community,” Medina added.

Family & Children’s Place works with thousands of families and children affected by violence, abuse and neglect in Jefferson County and surrounding counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The agency offers a variety of services, including the Child Advocacy Center, the Children’s Program, supervised visitation programs and counseling services. For more information about Family & Children’s Place, visit www.familyandchildrensplace.org.  

The gift to Family & Children’s Place was made possible in part by the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which turns no-longer-used wireless phones into support for survivors of domestic violence.

HopeLine’s national phone recycling and reuse program collected nearly 1.13 million phones in 2008 and has collected more than 5.6 million wireless phones since 2001. In the past two years, Verizon Wireless—along with the Verizon Foundation—has donated more than $300,000 in cash grants, phones and airtime to shelters and other organizations in Kentucky working to support victims of domestic violence and their families.

“I encourage everyone to dig through their closets, ask friends and family members for their used cell phones and accessories and donate this old equipment to our HopeLine program,” said Greg Haller, president–Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. “You can help make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors, including our youngest survivors—our children, right here in Kentucky.”

HopeLine wireless phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the nation. Verizon Wireless encourages everyone who plans to give a phone to HopeLine to make sure service on that device is discontinued and to erase any personal data on the phone. Phones given to the HopeLine program are refurbished and resold for reuse, or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

For more information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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