Elizabeth Rydeen, CRD
Sister Donna Zetah was eager to support a One-World Mission application for Hands of Hope Resource Center, which serves victims of domestic abuse and violence in Morrison and Todd Counties. “Our mission is to be with those who are vulnerable and need assistance. Victims of domestic violence are among the most vulnerable,” she wrote in her letter of support.
A grant supported Hands of Hope’s child abuse program, helping cover the costs of over 200 client hours in counseling and advocacy for children. The OWM grant filled a gap left by a decrease in other funding. Without OWM funding, some of these children would not have been served.
In addition to counseling and direct services for victims, Hands of Hope also works to bring awareness to domestic violence and abuse. A small portion of the grant was used for a presentation of “The Yellow Dress” for the Staples/Motley school district. The Yellow Dress is a dramatic one-woman play based on the stories of young women who were victims of dating violence. The audience included over 350 students and faculty.
Applications for the fall grant cycle are due September 15. Just a few applications have been received so far, and the committee would like to have more requests to consider.