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$5,000 donation benefits Turning Point

Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Domestic violence survivors in McHenry County will benefit from a $5,000 donation made by Verizon Wireless to Turning Point to help support the agency’s mission and fund vital support services.

Turning Point has served the needs of domestic violence victims for more than 32 years. In addition to offering counseling, legal and non-legal advocacy, and 24-hour crisis intervention and response, Turning Point is also McHenry County’s only domestic violence shelter. Between 2011 and 2012, a staff of just 33 employees served approximately 1,800 women, children and men in need of support.

“Women come to us in the middle of the night with nothing but the clothes on their backs,” said Jane Farmer, Turning Point executive director. “We provide pajamas, food, a comfortable bed, nice bathroom and most importantly someone who will listen and provide support.”

“Verizon is dedicated to supporting organizations like Turning Point that serve domestic violence victims,” said T.J. Fox, region president, Verizon Wireless. “We applaud Turning Point’s important contribution to our community to help victims and raise awareness of this pervasive problem and to end domestic violence.”

The donation was made possible through Verizon’s HopeLine program. Since 2001, HopeLine has collected more than 10 million phones; awarded more than $17.9 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country; and donated more than 151,000 HopeLine phones with 453 million minutes of airtime to be used by victims of domestic violence.

For more information on HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

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