DTE Energy Foundation to grant $1M to support domestic violence shelters

The DTE Energy Foundation has announced it will award $1 million in grants to all 45 domestic violence shelters funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to help alleviate the significant financial and operational stress the shelter system has sustained due to COVID-19.

Turning Point in Mount Clemens is among the shelters to share in the funding.

These grants – awarded in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month – will better position shelters to meet the unique needs of domestic violence survivors during the pandemic, and to continue to provide the sanctuary, resources and support survivors need.

Grants of $10,000 or more will be awarded to Michigan’s 45 MDHHS-funded shelters based on bed count.

These grants will support critical expenses at each shelter and allow shelters to deliver holistic survivor-centric services and support that develop independence and empowerment.

These initiatives include, but are not limited to employment, housing and transportation assistance, and support services that help survivors navigate the complex criminal justice and health care systems – two primary barriers to independence.

This funding will also help shelters develop and deploy domestic violence awareness and prevention initiatives, engage employees and members of their local communities, and motivate other organizations to support this important cause.

“We are very grateful to the DTE Foundation for its generous support,” said Sharman Davenport, CEO, Turning Point. “Last year’s funding was used to support children’s services,
advocacy and counseling.

“This year’s funding is even more crucial because the pandemic has limited our ability to fundraise while causing our costs to increase. The grant we receive will allow us to cover new, unexpected expenses, including cleaning and sanitizing, and a greater demand for technology to enable children and parents to access online learning.”


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