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Victims of Family Violence Association recipient of funding from 100 Women Who Care in Truro

Victims of Family Violence Association was named the latest recipient of funding from 100 Women Who Care Truro. Susan FitzGerald, third from left, accepted the funding from 100 Women co-chairs Margo Mills, left, Monique Natividad and Melissa Stone.
Victims of Family Violence Association was named the latest recipient of funding from 100 Women Who Care Truro. Susan FitzGerald, third from left, accepted the funding from 100 Women co-chairs Margo Mills, left, Monique Natividad and Melissa Stone. - Joey Smith

TRURO, N.S. – The 100 Women Who Care group settled on the Victims of Family Violence Association as the recipient of funding during their latest gathering.

The Truro organization received about $10,000, following a presentation at the First United Church Tuesday.

“It’s incredible,” said board director Susan FitzGerald. “It’s an amazing feeling, not just because we will have money to do great things, but seeing the amount of community support, I think that goes even farther than what the money will be able to do.”

The Victims of Family Violence Association is a board of directors who oversee the operation of Third Place Transition House – a group that serves Colchester and East Hants and offers 24-hour crisis services year-round and a safe shelter for women and children fleeing abuse and violence.

The largest portion of the organization’s funding comes from the government, and FitzGerald said the latest windfall will allow the group to extend services beyond the basics.

“It’s hard to say what it will be earmarked for specifically … but this will give us the opportunity to provide all of those extras,” she said. “I can’t say specifically what all those extras are going to be at this point; I’ve got some pretty good ideas, but it’s all the more.”

Melissa Stone, co-chair of 100 Women Who Care, said her organization was thrilled to pass the cash on to a most worthy recipient.

“That’s wonderful,” she said. “It’s why we do what we do and it’s wonderful to see this town do so much every time we have one of these meetings.”

The Colchester Food Bank also made a presentation on Tuesday, while the Cobequid Children’s First Foundation withdrew its nomination, as it did not require funding at this time.

The next 100 Women Who Care Truro meeting is June 5. Presenters will be Maritime Specialty Dog Service, Colchester County 4H and Bridges Institute.

Stone said 100 Women Who Care is seeking new members. Anyone interested can visit the organization’s Facebook page for more information.

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