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Lydia's House in Missouri Receives $1,500 Donation From Verizon Wireless For Domestic Violence Prevention

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October 4, 2011

Brenda Hill
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Michael Zerman
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ST. LOUIS, MO — As part of the company’s national HopeLine program, Verizon Wireless announced today that it has donated $1,500 to Lydia’s House, a St. Louis organization that is dedicated to providing transitional housing for abused women and their children while working in faith to end domestic violence. Lydia’s House is one of 35 domestic violence prevention organizations in Missouri that will be receiving funds to support local education programs and shelter operations.

“We are pleased to recognize and support the work of Lydia’s House,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. “Their efforts to end domestic violence in St. Louis have made a tremendous difference in the lives of families of domestic abuse and have raised community awareness of the need for prevention and intervention programs. Verizon Wireless has a long-standing commitment to domestic violence prevention, awareness and advocacy. Through our HopeLine program, we are fortunate to be able to work with respected local organizations like Lydia’s House across the United States.”

Lydia’s House is the only program in the St. Louis metropolitan area providing confidentially located, long-term, stationery transitional housing specifically for battered women and their children. The over-arching goal of the Lydia’s House transitional housing program is to help battered and abused women gain the skills and resources necessary for obtaining and sustaining permanent housing and for living independently as individuals and/or as parents.

HopeLine from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable wireless network to work in the community by turning no-longer-used wireless phones into support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Proceeds from the HopeLine program are used to provide wireless phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention. Since the launch of the HopeLine phone recycling program in 2001, this initiative has collected more than 7 million phones, given out more than $7.9 million in cash grants and distributed more than 90,000 phones with more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service.

For more information about HopeLine from Verizon visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline. If you or someone you know is a domestic violence victim call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to talk to a counselor. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.

About Lydia’s House
Lydia’s house is the largest and only area agency to provide safe, confidentially-located furnished apartments and support services tailored to the needs of domestic violence survivors and their children for up to two years. Lydia’s House works in faith to end domestic violence by providing a place of healing and voice of hope for abused women and their children.

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