MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $116,000 to help victims of abuse in 10 south central Alabama counties receive needed care and support.
The grants to Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center in Clanton and The Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery will help the organizations continue to assist victims.
“Those who have experienced the horrors of abuse, at any age, deserve to have the professional help they need to escape abusive situations and begin the healing process,” Gov. Ivey said. “Agencies like Butterfly Bridge and the Family Sunshine Center have the resources and a knowledgeable staff to help victims through this difficult time.”
Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center will use $56,000 to continue providing a safe, child-friendly environment to children who’ve been abused or neglected in Autauga, Chilton and Elmore counties. The center works with social workers, medical staff and other professionals to ensure child victims receive the necessary services to enable them to recover and go on to lead normal lives. Matching funds of $14,000 will supplement the grant.
The Montgomery Area Family Violence Program Inc., also known as The Family Sunshine Center, will use $60,000 in funds to continue providing shelter and other services to help victims of domestic and family violence in a 10-county region including Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Perry and Wilcox counties. The center also conducts awareness training and educational programs. Matching funds of $15,000 will supplement the grant.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Gov. Ivey and ADECA continue to support the partnerships with these two organizations as they offer the services that victims need in order to recover from abuse,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resources management, energy conservation and recreation.