With efforts to support local non-profits and organizations whose mission algins with that of the Hilldrup Move-Up Fund, we’re pleased to share that a $3,000 grant has been provided to Empowerhouse. Providing confidential assistance to those facing domestic violence, Empowerhouse serves the communities of Stafford, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg through their vision of working together to promote safe relationships, homes and communities.
Particularly as housing-related funds that were available during the pandemic dwindle, Empowerhouse’s critical work – from providing rental assistance to case management – requires financial support. Aligning with the Hilldrup Move-Up Fund’s goal of empowering individuals and families who need a “hand-up” to a more favorable situation, we know this financial support will make a significant difference in the lives of many individuals and families who have faced domestic violence.
“Since we are still coming out of COVID, some of our housing folks are struggling to stay employed and were falling behind on their lease payments, so we assist them to help them stay in stabilized housing,” shared the team at Empowerhouse. “We also may sometimes help our court clients who are experiencing financial abuse by their partner who is trying to squeeze them to get them to return and/or drop the court case. To assist our court clients during a crisis, we may help them with rental assistance or with a portion of their mortgage payment.”
Thanks to the Hilldrup Move-Up Fund’s grant, Empowerhouse was able to keep several survivors of domestic violence, including 4 mothers and their 10 collective children, in their current and safe housing by assisting with partial rent and utility payments after government funding ran out in June.
Empowerhouse shared, “One mom who was assisted with this important funding has three children with special needs. She had to find work and childcare. Mom has struggled to make ends meet and has had to learn how to be the head of her household. With support from her case manager and funding from this grant, she has been able to focus on finding work, being a good mom and learning how to care for her family’s financial responsibilities.”
Thank you to the professionals at Empowerhouse for all the work they are doing – including a 24/hour hotline – to support those facing domestic violence with the tools and resources they need to live a happy, safe and prosperous life. We couldn’t have done this without our friends and partners at The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region as well for ensuring that these funds were properly allocated to the Empowerhouse organization.
If you’re interested in learning more about Empowerhouse and ways to support their work, please visit their website: www.empowerhouseva.org. Their hotline is available 24/7 at 540.373.9373.