September 14, 2006

Shelters Losing Funding?

Chuck posted this item on his blog about the plight of Massachusetts battered women’s shelters, specifically DOVE which is completely losing its funding.

The article, paints a bleak picture of the options that area women in violent situations face when it points out:

[…] if the shelter shuts down, there is only one other shelter between Boston and Cape Cod that is specifically designed for victims of domestic violence: Womansplace in Brockton. Funding for the Womansplace shelter, which has 12 beds, was slashed by one-third this year.

If you’re in Norfolk county and want to find such a shelter, you can go to this webpage listing DOVE, Womansplace and other resources. That from the Norfolk county DA’s office.

Here in Bristol, there are numbers you can call as well.

If the funding is being slashed, it seems like the future of these shelters is in question. Suddenly, the state income tax rollback doesn’t seem like such a good thing when you realize that the people who suffer the most from reduced services are people with nowhere else to turn.

Posted by James at September 14, 2006 9:20 PM
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This is true, but the predominant beneficiaries of the income tax rollback were rich, white men. How many of them do you think will suffer if this gets cut? I'm willing to bet some will benefit.

Posted by: briwei at September 15, 2006 2:26 AM

Thank you James for helping to spread the knowledge of this terrible cutback. This is most unfortunate. The more we spread the word, the better our chances are (hopefully) to regain the necessary funding.
Peace,
Donna

Posted by: Donna at September 15, 2006 7:30 AM

It makes me crazy that those most in need are left out of the equation when things like tax rollbacks are bandied about.

We can do something about this lack of funding ourselves by calling our representatives and asking them to do more.

Find your state Senators and Reps here: http://www.mass.gov/legis/citytown.htm

Find your U.S. Congressperson here: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Find your U.S. Senator here: http://www.senate.gov

Indivituals can also make a direct difference. Here is my annual pitch: Instead of giving family members material things for your major December holiday, whatever that may be, consider donating to charity in their names.

After I did this for a couple years in a row, I got the point across to my family, and now my parents and sisters do the same. We each pick a charity, donate, and tell eachother in a card (sometimes the charity will send the cards out).

Think about it: Who needs more "stuff" when there are people who need basics to live?

You may also consider shopping for your local food pantry or shelter in the months with an "extra" check (the 5-week months).

If we all do things like this, we will make a difference.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 15, 2006 8:36 AM

Thank you for this posting on your blog. I am the person who is organizing the rally and I cannot thank you all enough from the bottom of my heart. DSS has chosen to extend funding until 12/30 so happy new year to the women and children the shelter houses the doors are closing on 12/30 and you will be reassigned or they will have to go back to the abusive relationship and more than likely receive retribution for trying to leave in the 1st place.

I see the faces on the kids and women who are safe and find peace at DOVE and learn there is another way to live and we can help. I wonder how Mitt and the boys would feel if they all showed up on the State House stairs and asked to stay with them!!!!!

Posted by: Kristin at September 18, 2006 3:29 PM

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