TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore visited The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence Wednesday afternoon. The facility is one of many around the state of Kansas to benefit from $1.7 million in DCF grants. The grants are designed to help clients of DCF’s Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) program who have been identified as victims of domestic violence.
“I’m glad to see this funding going directly to provide shelter and hope to victims of domestic violence,” Secretary Gilmore said. “The grants provide tremendous opportunities for these women to become empowered, independent, and to turn their lives around.”
Secretary Gilmore visited The Willow Domestic Violence Center’s administrative office. She also visited the shelter at an undisclosed location to talk with families in crisis who are receiving the help they need, thanks in part to DCF grants.
“The Willow Domestic Violence Center was proud to welcome Secretary Gilmore,” The Willows Director Joan Schultz said. “The grant from the Department for Children and Families brings to Lawrence the unique opportunity to tailor domestic violence services that fit the Lawrence and surrounding communities.”
The direct grant funding allows shelters such as The Willow to offer expanded services to victims of domestic violence, including counseling sessions with a licensed counselor. The Willow Domestic Violence Center also offers the Community Advocacy Work Program (CAP-WP) for TANF recipients. This is a four-month program in which survivors work with a facilitator to achieve their employment and safety goals. Classes in the program build relationship, parenting and job readiness skills.
The Willow Domestic Violence Center serves those affected by domestic violence in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties.
“Each community is different and we are finding that, with the program components specific to our communities, we have seen real success in women being able to establish safe homes and self-sufficiency,” Schultz said.