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February 3, 2017
Gov. Bentley awards grant to aid crime victims in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY— An organization that gives a helping hand to victims of domestic violence and other crimes in Montgomery is receiving support in the form of a $18,707 grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The grant will help Neighbors in Christ continue assisting victims with practical matters around their homes including security repairs to doors and windows and replacement of locks.

“Innocent victims need and deserve all the assistance they can get to overcome the trauma of the crimes committed against them,” Bentley said. “I’m pleased to support this faith-based effort to help them.”

Neighbors in Christ coordinates volunteers from local churches who give support to victims. The group also offers transportation assistance and referrals for other needs like clothing, emergency shelter, crisis intervention and counseling.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department. ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

“Offering a helping hand with practical matters such as repairing a door or window that has been busted during a crime can go a long way in showing someone who has become victimized that they are not alone,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “ADECA is pleased to support the efforts of this organization to reach out and provide much-needed practical and emotional support to victims at a time they need it most.”

Bentley notified Regina Meadows, Neighbors in Christ board president, that the grant had been approved.

Contact: Mike Presley or Jennifer Ardis Elmore

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/