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Allstate Foundation Empowers Domestic Violence Survivors in Central Florida through $41,000 Grant to Harbor House

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

ORLANDO, FL. July 20, 2010 – Domestic violence has touched many lives in Central Florida and thanks to a continued partnership between Harbor House and The Allstate Foundation, families can have a second chance at a new start. The Allstate Foundation recently renewed its commitment to assisting survivors of domestic violence in the Central Florida community through a $41,000 grant to Harbor House of Central Florida, the voice for victims and survivors of domestic violence.

4813482652_061e0f97ef_m.jpgLincoln Salmon Presents Grant to Carol Wick, CEO of Harbor House

The grant, funded through Allstate Foundation's Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors (Economics Against Abuse) Program, will help survivors build financial independence by providing knowledge, skills and opportunities to survivors. Allstate agents, such as Lincoln Salmon of the Salmon Agency in Oviedo, FL., partner directly with Economics Against Abuse grantees to implement curriculum.

“We recognize that state domestic violence coalitions and local domestic violence programs are uniquely situated to identify and respond to the economic advocacy needs of survivors,” said Allstate Agent Lincoln Salmon of The Salmon Agency. “We are proud to partner with Harbor House in providing our financial empowerment curriculum to enable survivors of domestic abuse to engage in short-term and long-term planning to accomplish their personal and family goals.”

The Allstate Foundation grant will help Harbor House to provide the Economics Against Abuse curriculum to over 875 women in the emergency shelter and through outreach as an Allstate Economic Empowerment site. Harbor House will also offer this program to Transitional Housing and Scattered Site programs and plans to train additional community partners to provide financial stability services for domestic violence survivors.

“Victims of domestic violence often make several attempts to leave an abusive partner and are typically forced to return for economic reasons,” said Carol Wick, CEO of Harbor House. “It is our priority to ensure that all survivors have the tools that they need in order to gain that self sufficiency and the Allstate Foundation’s grant and Economics Against Abuse program will help us to empower survivors to financial independence.”

Find out more about Allstate’s “Click to Empower Domestic Violence Survivors” program at www.clicktoempower.org. For more information about Harbor House of Central Florida’s programs or to donate, please visit www.harborhousefl.org. Please visit the Salmon Agency website at www.salmonagency.com.

About Harbor House

Harbor House is Orange County's only state-certified domestic violence facility and seeks to eliminate domestic violence in Central Florida by providing safety, shelter, empowerment, education and justice. Harbor House provides safe shelter, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, and emotional support, and legal advocacy for tens of thousands of domestic violence survivors and their children each year. Harbor House helps survivors return to the community - connecting them to resources that will enable them to live independently, safely and peacefully.

About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote "safe and vital communities"; "tolerance, inclusion, and diversity"; and "economic empowerment." The Allstate Foundation believes in the financial potential of every individual and in helping America's families achieve their American dream. For additional information, visit www.clicktoempower.org.


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