Hope and Healing Makes Most of 'Jane Doe' Grants
August 23, 2018
August 23, 2018 by Kori Tuitt - The Lowell Sun
LOWELL -- While $1,000 may be taken for granted by some, for many it opens the door to financial security and independence.
For sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, Jane Doe Inc.'s Economic Empowerment grants have been changing the lives of survivors for years.
This year, two survivors associated with Lowell's The Center for Hope and Healing Inc. were among the 10 grant recipients who will get a jump start on their goals.
Diana Mancera is the director of Membership and Programs at JDI, the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Mancera said its 57 member programs are eligible to apply for up to three survivors in their program. The grants are meant to allow its recipients to pursue their entrepreneurial, education or certification goals. Mancera said these types of grants are important, especially for those who have dealt with sexual assault or domestic violence.
"For people who may have had to flee their homes because the situation was so dangerous at the time, they left with nothing and now, to see what $1,000 can do for them -- it's just amazing to hear their stories," Mancera said. "A lot of them have been in control under this particular person who has been abusing them, maybe not physically, but using their finances to keep them in control."
One Center for Hope and Healing grant recipient is an award-winning photographer looking to build this passion into a career.