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I am writing this letter in support of Mildred Muhammad’s organization After the Trauma. I have been a member of the Domestic Violence community for over seven years both in Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. The type of organization Mildred is developing is one that provides direct service to the victims of domestic violence. I have found the lack of these resources to be a weakness in struggle to combat domestic violence. Mildred’s survival of her own personnel struggle is a testament to the potential she has to assist others who suffer a similar obstacle in life.

– Stephanie Lyons

Programs

After the Trauma will assist female survivors of domestic violence in the following ways:

Education:

  • Assist survivors with enrollment into various schools to obtain their GED, a trade or a degree.

Business and Employment Programs:

  • Assist survivors with employment opportunities through partnerships with employment agencies and organizations.
  • Self employment information will be available
  • Assistance with information about social services programs (i.e. welfare to work, etc…)
  • Assistance with information on the temp-to-hire agencies listed in the area

Financial Institution Services

  • Assist survivor with opening a checking/savings account to re-establish financial value

Clothing

  • New clothing, including shoes, will be available for survivors and their children of all ages

Housing – Home Ownership is the Goal!

  • Will assist survivors in locating available housing when exiting transitional homes or shelters as they move forward in safety.
  • Ongoing assistance to correct credit issues that hinder advancement into home ownership
  • Ongoing assistance to prepare for home ownership

Transportation

  • Survivors without transportation will participate in a program that will allow them to purchase a vehicle while improving their credit score.

Counseling

  • Provided by counselors to survivors and their children on an appointment basis.

Substance Abuse

  • Assist by giving information to end smoking, drug and alcohol abuse
  • Ongoing classes on the importance of eliminating these distractions.

Support System

  • Support group for survivors to discuss their day to day challenges
  • Assistance with those challenges will be provided
  • Child care will be provided when sessions are being held

 

 
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