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Posted on October 12, 2021


NEW LONDON, CT – The AT&T Foundation awarded $10,000 to Safe Futures to support career and academic programming for victims of domestic violence. The month of October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The AT&T Foundation contribution will support victims of domestic violence in pursuing their education and employment goals to become financially independent. This will be achieved through providing scholarships to victims to attend job-skills training and educational programs, as well as transportation support to attend programs.

“We are so grateful of the support of AT&T Foundation and of the ongoing support of State Representative Cheeseman. This past year Safe Futures served almost 10,000 victims from southeastern Connecticut, a 39% increase from the year before, and the need continues,” said Katherine Verano, Safe Futures CEO.

“When I learned of this grant, I immediately thought of Safe Futures. Their work to support victims of domestic violence as they chart a new future is so important. The pandemic has caused a huge increase in the need for services and this grant from the AT&T Foundation will contribute significantly to Safe Futures’ ability to continue and expand their vital mission,” said State Representative Holly Cheeseman.

“AT&T aims to identify organizations that are making a real difference in Connecticut, and Safe Futures is a prime example,” said John Emra, President, AT&T New England. “Now more than ever, it is critical to ensure organizations like Safe Futures have the resources they need to continue to provide today’s learners with an equitable opportunity to learn and thrive. Their dedicated work is impacting lives across the state and we’re proud to support their efforts.”

Safe Futures saves lives, restores hope and changes the future for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking in southeastern Connecticut. All Safe Futures services are free and confidential. Their hotline is available for anyone who feels unsafe 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the Safe Futures 24/7 confidential hotline at (860) 701-6001 or call the statewide safe connect number at (888) 774-2900.