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Verizon Foundation Supports SafeHaven’s Male Mentor Program
The Verizon Foundation recently gave SafeHaven of Tarrant County a $10,000 grant to support its Male Mentor program. This program provides mentors to children, especially boys, recovering from domestic violence at SafeHaven’s shelter in Arlington.
“Positive male role models are essential for those children who witness repeated episodes of domestic violence in their homes,” said Mary Lee Haley, SafeHaven CEO. “Verizon’s investment in proactive programs to end domestic violence demonstrates exceptional vision, and SafeHaven is honored to partner with this socially responsible corporation.”
This year, SafeHaven estimates that the Male Mentor program will assist at least 400 children and 100 mothers staying at the Arlington shelter.
“Verizon understands that an impactful way for eradicating domestic violence from our society is for men to get actively engaged in the solution,” said Frank Antonacci, Central Texas region president for Verizon Wireless.
This grant is a part of the ongoing relationship the Verizon Foundation has with SafeHaven. Through the years, the foundation has provided grants to fund the shelter’s hotline, communication tools and computer resources.
Barbara Walker, Director, External Affairs, Verizon; Alesha Weber, Client Services Coordinator, SafeHaven; Reece Small, VP of Development & Marketing, SafeHaven; Tia Thomas, Arlington Site Director, SafeHaven; Gretchen Wirth, Associate Director, Strategic Sales, Verizon Wireless; and Andy Nguyen, Tarrant County Commissioners Court