The Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center has been blessed by a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to aid in the operation of its Emergency Bedspace Program. The grant, totaling $80,000, will help this program continue to offer its services in a time when there decreasing emergency shelter dollars available from federal and state funded initiatives.
At its core, the Emergency Bedspace Program ensures that people escaping domestic violence will always have a safe place to stay, as well as access to the supportive services they need to move on with their lives. When traditional shelter space in central Indiana is full, people are sheltered by The Salvation Army until bed space becomes available within regular programs, including those offered at the Women and Children’s Center.
Longer term supportive services are key to ensuring successful escape from violence, so staff at the Women and Children’s Center also help connect those in the program with legal help, counseling, health services and child care.
The Emergency Bedspace Program served 311 people last year – 214 women, 88 children and nine men who were escaping domestic violence and had no place else to go. The program ensures that those who flee violence aren’t faced with the choice of returning to their abusers or being homeless.
“Our appreciation for Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is beyond words,” explained Dena Simpson, Associate Director at the Women and Children’s Center. “This financial award will help us continue our mission to restore the lives of individuals faced with trauma, violence and homelessness.”
The grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust represents one of 30 awarded to nonprofit organizations so far this year. Since the Trust began its grant making 1998, it has awarded more than $120 million to 463 nonprofit organizations in Indiana.
“[Nina Mason Pulliam] had a keen awareness of challenges that face our community and would take great pride in the outstanding work being done by organizations like The Salvation Army,” said Carol Schilling, Trustee chairman. “Through her Trust, we continue to build on her legacy, which clearly reflects her heart for philanthropy.”