Partnership And Collaboration At Work

l-r: John Perring Mulligan, SMMC VP of Mission Integration, Susanne Oliver, ABW Board President, Claudia Atkinson, ABW Board Member, Karen Morgan, ABW Board Member, Yolanda Carlos, ABW Board Member, Susie Wilson, ABW Board Member, Kevin Mahany, SMMC Director, Advocacy & Healthy Communities & Margaret Diaz, ABW Executive Director Photo Credit: John Moore

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–There is no question that securing solid funding sources for High Desert non-profit organizations is a challenge.   Often partnership and collaborative efforts are discussed and encouraged as fundamentally necessary to help non-profit groups and organizations secure much needed funding.

As proof that partnership does work, “A Better Way” Victor Valley Domestic Violence Shelter & Outreach received a $25,000 grant from St. Joseph Health Foundation.   “This $25,000 grant is awarded to A Better Way to assist helping families who are victims of domestic violence. St. Joseph Health continues to invest with like minded partners to help address the trauma of domestic violence”, states John Perring Mulligan, St. Mary Medical Center VP of Mission Integration.

“While this is a first time partnership between St. Joseph Health Foundation and “A Better Way” Victor Valley Domestic Violence Shelter and Outreach, we have already started to explore other areas beyond shelter that our partnership can support in the healing and support of families,”  says Susanne Oliver, “A Better Way” Board President.

“During our fiscal year 2011-2012 A Better Way provided 6,186 shelter nights to 429 women and children. 18,421 nights of transitional housing was provided.  We served 2,418 Hotline calls. 964 outreach clients received Life Skills, Victim Impact and/or Peer Support and 318 outreach children were provided 1,438 hours of service.    We were challenged to provide these services last year after suffering the funding loss of over $30,000 due to state budget cuts.  The support and partnership from the St. Joseph Health Foundation indeed will help us continue to provide emergency need and shelter services” said Margaret Diaz, Executive Director of “A Better Way.”

Current national statistics indicate that one in four women have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. Since being founded in 1988, “A Better Way” has provided services to approximately 19,750 women and children in the High Desert and remains committed to the mission of ending domestic violence.

The St. Joseph Health Foundation has provided $5.9 million in grant funds to local agencies working to assist the poor and improve the health and well being of the community.   “We are grateful to be a partner with the St. Joseph Health Foundation and look forward to expanding our relationship to meeting the needs of those in our community confronted with the many issues resulting from domestic violence,” says Margaret Diaz.

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