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May 22, 2019
Gov. Ivey awards grants to help crime victims in the Wiregrass
MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $586,733 to support two nonprofit organizations that assist crime victims in the Wiregrass area.

A $307,000 grant will help the Exchange Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Dothan to continue serving child and adult survivors of child abuse, neglect, sexual assault, domestic violence and bullying. Wiregrass Angel House, also based in Dothan, will use a $279,733 grant to continue serving robbery victims and the family members of homicide victims.

“Professional care and support are vital components to helping victims of crime in the Wiregrass area,” Ivey said. “I commend the staffs and volunteers of both of these organizations, and I am pleased to award these grants to help them continue the important work they do in serving their communities.”

The Exchange Center provides free individual, family and group trauma counseling and other support services to victims in Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike Counties.

Angel House provides crime scene cleanup, counseling, crisis intervention, court accompaniment, compensation filing and a therapy dog program for victims and surviving family members in Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Gov. Ivey has a deep dedication for ensuring that victims of crime receive the professional care needed to begin the healing process, and ADECA is pleased to be a partner in support of these organizations,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

Along with grants, these organizations rely on local, private donations to ensure that free services remain available year-round.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victims services, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation development.


Contact: Josh Carples; Mike Presley

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