Turning Point receives $45,000 grant for victim support
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Olivia Pahl
A local domestic violence support organization is getting part of $2.3 million in grants from Gov. Kay Ivey that will go toward supporting victims.
Ivey announced the grants Wednesday, and $45,000 is going to Turning Point of West Alabama. Seven other organizations are also benefiting from the grant.
Turning point Education and Outreach Coordinator Savannah Tatum said the funds will help expand programming.
“With this grant, I know we are really excited because now we can offer more rural counseling for our surrounding counties, better advocacy for our victims, and better accommodations for our shelter clients,” Tatum said.
Turning Point is the second-oldest domestic violence shelter in Alabama and provides services to more than 2,000 victims a year.
“We have a confidential shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, we also have court advocacy, and we have education and outreach programs,” Tatum said. “All of our services are free. We also have individualized and group counseling services.”
Tamum said grants like these help support victims, but education and community support is just as important.
“I know on our Facebook page, we post a lot of events that we have coming up,” Tatum said. “We also have wish lists that we post and put out regularly where people can donate.”
If you’re interested in donating to the organization or learning more, you can click right here.