In Texas, Brighter Tomorrows is one of the many domestic violence agencies (DVAs) dedicated to domestic violence prevention. Founded in 1989 as a cooperative between city agencies and concerned citizens with the mission of helping victims of domestic abuse, Brighter Tomorrows has grown into one of the largest DVAs serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Over the past year, the agency has provided emergency shelter to more than 1,000 women and children.
To help Brighter Tomorrow give victims a fresh start, Verizon of Texas, Verizon Wireless of Central Texas and the Verizon Foundation came together on Oct. 17 to present the organization with a grant of $10,000. A walk, entitled “Stand Up. Step Out. End Domestic Violence,” was held on the Verizon campus in Irving that day to honor the occasion as well as celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, during which DVAs across the country partner with community leaders and corporate citizens to raise awareness of the silent epidemic and find solutions to its eradication. More than 300 Verizon employees attended the event and rallied in support.
Brighter Tomorrows offers a range of services that help domestic violence survivors at various stages during their journeys to independence. The agency’s two emergency safe shelters can house up to 61 residents, all of whom work with case managers to ensure future safety and rebuild their lives. The two-year transitional housing program provides survivors with life skills and job and parenting training. Through its counseling and resource center, Brighter Tomorrows is also able to provide support groups, counseling and community education to non-shelter residents.