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Grants & Funding

OVC-Funded Victim Services Grantee Programs for Faith-Based Organizations

OVC provides funding and administrative support to help faith-based organizations to enhance and expand victim assistance efforts. It has done so since 1982, when President Ronald W. Reagan’s Task Force on Victims of Crime first identified the religious community as a vital and largely untapped source of support for victims.

OVC supports programs through its Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) discretionary grant program, including:

Numerous other faith-based organizations received funding through the OVC Services to Trafficking Victims Discretionary Grant Program and the Helping Outreach Programs to Expand (HOPE) initiative. Also, OVC promoted coalition-building between the faith and victim service communities through the Faith-Based or Community Organizations and Victim Services Mini-Grant Program.

Faith-Related VOCA Discretionary Grantee Matrix

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Grantee Project Title Project Description
Point of Contact

HALOS, Inc.

Expanding Helping and Lending Outreach Support
(HALOS)
The goal is to expand, institutionalize, and evaluate the Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) program in Charleston, SC, which provides services and support to child abuse victims served by the local Department of Social Services (DSS) above and beyond what DSS and its caseworkers are financially and logistically able to provide. HALOS partners assist by adopting a DSS caseworker to help them address some of the ongoing needs of children served by DSS, including academic enrichment, self-esteem enhancement, and financial needs that cannot be met by DSS or Medicaid. The program also serves vulnerable adults served by DSS. During the second phase of the project, HALOS connected faith-based and civic organizations, businesses, and caring individuals with the needs of treatment and foster care youth through the Charleston County DSS. HALOS strengthened the program by conducting a community needs assessment, evaluating their services, and developing an outcome based measurement framework. Through this third phase of the cooperative agreement, HALOS is providing technical assistance in local and non-local communities to help them replicate and sustain the HALOS model.
Executive Director, Kim Clifton
Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS) 3366 Rivers Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405
843-953-3714

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Counseling & Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country

Grantee

Project Description

Point of Contact

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Choctaw Nation Victims Assistance (CNVA) program assists Choctaws and other American Indians within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to cope with and heal from the victimization of crime. CNVA seeks to identify and address the needs of crime victims, including victims of elder abuse, child abuse, homicide, gang violence, domestic violence, and driving while intoxicated victims, and other victims of crime. Emergency food, clothing and shelter, transportation, and courtroom advocacy, among other services are also provided.

Randy Hammons
P.O. Box 1210
Durant, OK 74702
580-326-8304
rhammons@choctawnation.com

Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes

The Assiniboine-Sioux Tribes convene Child Protection Team meetings at the local rape crisis center. The tribes approach is victim centered, and utilizes community education to encourage victims of sexual assault to report crimes that have been perpetrated against them and seek assistance from the tribes support network. Grant funds were used to hire a tribal prosecutor to register sex offenders, conduct community notification, educate the community about sexual assault, establish a crisis hotline for victims, provide sex offender treatment services, and conduct research on the sex offender population.

Patricia McGeshick
P.O. Box 1027
Poplar, Montana 59255-1027
406-653-1494
savtp@nemontel.net

Greater Minneapolis C.O.C. (Council of Churches)

The GMCCs Division of Indian Work provides family counseling; operates homes for American Indian foster children and teen mothers; and screens, trains, and licenses foster parents for American Indian children. The Family Violence Program provides counseling and legal advocacy to more than 300 American Indian women, children, and men affected by violence in the home.

Noya Woodrich
P.O. Box 7509, 1101 E. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407-0509
612-722-8722
nwoodrich@gmcc.org

Kalispel Tribe of Indians

This project provides elder care; youth services, and support for children and their parents during challenging times; treatment for those recovering from chemical dependency.

Ricki Haugen
P.O. Box 39
Usk, WA 99180-0039
509-343-4179 or 509-710-2619
rhaugne@camas.institute.com

Kaw Tribe of Oklahoma

The Kaw National Intervention and Prevention Program for Native American Youth is designing intensive case management and prevention activities for Native American juvenile offenders and prevention activities for Native American youth. The project will serve as a resource and referral program for tribal and state court systems interested in providing innovative and creative community service programs for youthful offenders.

Dee Turner
Drawer 50
Kaw City, OK 74641-0050
580-762-2234
md_turner@sbclobal.net

Sitkans Against Family Violence

Volunteers work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The program p rovides safety, safe housing, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling and referrals, transportation and hospital accompaniment to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Chris Bauman
P.O. Box 6136
Sitka, AK 99835-6136
907-747-3370
cbauman@gci.net

Tundra Womens Coalition

TWC promotes activities that encourage self-reliance, a sense of dignity and self-worth. It provides a safe place for women and children who have been battered or sexually assaulted; room is also available for male victims. An advocate is on duty to answer the crisis 24 hours a day. TWC offers a number of different programs for children and teens to help them learn to overcome and combat the effects of domestic violence. It also offers programs to educate the community about the realities of domestic violence.

Michelle DeWitte
P.O. Box 2029, 250 Sixth Avenue
Bethel, AK 99559-2029
907-543-3444
michelle_dewitt@twcpeace.org

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

The Hearts of Hope domestic violence shelter has a history of providing culturally appropriate services to families on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. The agency has provided family-based services since February 2002.

Rochanda Gourneau
P.O. Box 900
Belcourt, ND 58316-0900
701-477-0002
gourneau@utma.com

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