Reporting Michelle Durham
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Verizon Wireless Officials have teamed up with local organizations such as Women Against Abuse and Congresso to highlight the plight of those suffering from domestic abuse during Domestic Abuse Awareness month. The company is launching a unique program to help catapult women from this plight.
President of Verizon Wireless’s Philadelphia Tri-State region, Mario Turco says the “Pathway to Independence” Domestic Violence Entreneurship Program will run in conjunction with The Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia. Verizon is jumpstarting the program with a $100,000 grant, Turco said.
How will the money be used? “To help individuals become more work and life ready, and help them become entrepreneurs and business owners,” Turco said.
Cheryl Brubaker from Women against Abuse says the grant is welcoming news as her organization struggles to provide services to all who need them, particularly at the Emergency Shelter.
“It’s been filled to capacity constantly, and the number of people we have to turn away is growing. In 2010, that number was nearly 7,500,” Brubaker said.
In addition to this, Verizon and the National Network to End Domestic violence kicked off their “Journey of Hope” eight city bus tour where they interview victims and survivors of domestic violence to shine a light on this problem.
Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio