LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- Faith House of Acadiana received a $40,000 grant from the United Way of Acadiana to fund programs for domestic violence victims.
$20,000 of the grant with go towards Faith House's emergency shelter. $16,000 of the grant with go towards the Economic Empowerment program for battered women, and the remaining $4,500 will go to the Ready Readers programs for victims 5 and under.
Kayla McGlory, an intake advocate at the Faith House Family Justice Center, said that she has the first-hand experience with the benefits of their programs.
“I was a child of domestic violence, my mom actually stayed in Faith House. And we had our own advocates that helped her get out on her own feet,” McGlory said.
The advocate said that the emergency shelter provided her and her mother a safe space.
“The benefit of staying in the emergency shelter is just safety. The first thing that anyone thinks about is their own comfort and being able to go to sleep at night and knowing that they can wake up peacefully,” she said.
According to Faith House, they help over 2,500 victims of domestic violence.
“Throughout the pandemic and all the things that our community is experiencing domestic violence has not decreased we've actually seen an increase in those reaching out needing our help,” Billi Lacombe, the executive director of Faith House, said
Without grants as such, victims might not have a safe place to go.
“The people that come to our shelter come to us, oftentimes with nothing but the clothes on their back, so it takes a lot, a lot of generosity from the community,” Lacombe said.
In addition to the $40,000 grant, the United Way of Acadiana will continue helping Faith House through a grant cycle, donating funds every three months starting next year.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can call the Faith House crisis line at 1-888- 411-1333.