United Way of the Midlands Awards $88,000 to Catholic Charities

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2021

United Way of the Midlands Awards $88,000 to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines

Grant to Fund Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program in Council Bluffs

(Council Bluffs, IA) Catholic Charities is pleased to announce it was recently awarded an $88,000 grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, funds will be used to serve domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking victims. Specifically, funds will be allocated to staff salaries and benefits for shelter, housing, DV and SA staff.

With the help of this grant, Catholic Charities can provide more support and advocacy services to end domestic violence and sexual assault through education, counseling, and community involvement. Violence thrives on shame, secrecy, and silence and our belief is that violence can be eliminated if we all commit to change.

The work of Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program is multi-faceted.With the support from United Way our staff is able to offer individual advocacy, group sessions, assistance with finding stable housing and so much for. Clients who have attended some of the groups offered attribute the classes to teaching them things about mental health, abuse, strength and recovery more than they thought they would get from the class. One client reported that staff had made a huge impact in helping the her get out of bed, set boundaries, take back her power and control and enjoy life again. The client stated she looked forward to her weekly classes and follow up with staff because it gives her the strength and encouragement she didn’t realize she lost while in an abusive relationship. Staff witnessed this client evolve from quiet, emotional and no motivation to enjoying life, enjoying her kids, speaking her mind and setting boundaries. The client stated that when she is  at work or out with friends she will encourage someone who might need assistance in domestic violence or sexual assault to reach out to Catholic Charities  It is only through support like the United Way that our staff can continue to provide these needed services.

“We are proud to partner with United Way. This financial award enables positive change in our client’s lives. Our agency is appreciative of this generous support,” said Barbara Decker, J.D., Executive Director of Catholic Charities.

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