Financial abuse is often difficult to overcome after leaving an abusive relationship. We understand the impact and are committed to supporting survivors and their families rebuild their lives by equipping program participants with essential training, mentorship, and grant funding.
On July 4th 2014, I was able to finally get help by calling 911. That day I had seven broken ribs a concussion my eardrums were ruptured from blows to the Head knife injury on my face and numerous other injuries. I spent July 4th until New Year’s in a domestic violence shelter while going through Court hearings for my abuser. He was sentenced to seven years 9 months in 25 days on a plea agreement and I made the choice to move from North Carolina to Indiana. I moved here with nothing, no car no job and no place to live. After being in Indiana for about a year I found Break the silence against Domestic Violence on Facebook. I followed the page for about a year. I saw a post for Grants of Hope and was very excited and blessed to be one of the ones selected for that program. During that 16-week program my life was literally changed I got a new job that paid more money and was promoted three times. Because of Grant of Hope I was able to get a more reliable vehicle to get to and from work the car. I had had no heat it had a sunroof that leaks so there was always water in it and I was grateful for that car more grateful to the one that was purchased with my grant that has air conditioning that has heat and has room for my daughter’s service dog. And if I wasn’t blessed enough already because of the donations and all the people that support break the silence I was able to attend the survivors retreat in Colorado. I got to spend time with other women who understand what I’ve been through and I cannot express enough to you all of you but that support break the silence what an impact you’re having. Domestic violence is a cycle and you’re breaking it one Survivor at a time each time you help one and we get up and we get on with our lives rebuild ourselves we’re showing our children our friends are family and everyone that’s watching why he was in prison what it’s like to live a healthy life. This organization and all of its supporters give us a platform to tell our stories without fear of judgement and to speak out and hopefully Touch One woman’s life that still living in that situation and let them know we’re here. There aren’t enough words to thank you for all that you do for all of us. You literally are saving lives.
We love hearing the success of our clients following our program! We believe in our survivor sisters and brothers and give them the tools they need to succeed.
Survivors empowering survivors is a beautiful gift that only [we] can appreciate. Thanks to the generous support of our Survivor Sister and SHEro, Jamie Campbell, we are able to continue this program in her honor.
I am excited that my gift will help survivors who were abused financially because I believe that I wouldn’t have been able to leave my ex-husband if I hadn’t been financially stable. I have a ton of compassion for women who don’t have the financial means to get out of an abusive relationship.
Campbell is the first survivor in BTS history who has sponsored an entire program, and we believe that this gesture will show other survivors that they can heal and rediscover their own strength and independence.
What is Grants of Hope?
This program is a 10-week financial empowerment LIVE online course for survivors seeking training on financial literacy. Financial literacy is the ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it (turn it into more) and how that person donates it to help others. All accepted applicants must commit to participating in our 10-week training in order to qualify for funding at the close of the program. Failure to attend all courses will eliminate the possibility to apply for funding.
Who should apply?
Survivors. If you have been impacted by financial abuse and are looking for a life changing transformation, this program may be a great fit for you. This program is not for individuals needing immediate financial help or relocation support. Applicants must be out of unhealthy relationships for a minimum of 6 consecutive months.
How will I be accepted?
This Fall 2018, Grants of Hope will only accept 10 applicants for our Fall funding cycle. After completing the application online, we will review all applicants and select 10 candidates. Applying does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
What can funding be used towards?
Funding may be used for any pertinent financial matters moving forward. We do not fund legal fees, student debt, medical expenses, or debt. This funding awards participants who provide clear goals and a plan on how this funding can help you and your family reach your financial success. The purpose of this grant is to assist you to become more financially independent. We will work with each applicant to create a personalized plan to best maximize your grant.
FREE financial literacy training is also available at the Purple Purse Foundation.
Grants of Hope Schedule:
9/13: Welcome to the Program, Passion Planning Workshop
9/20: The importance of Financial Independence by Ernestine Morrison
9/27: Create a Plan for Financial Goals by Jennifer Yancey
10/4: Creating a Budget and Saving by Eddie Wall
10/11: Scoring Big with Credit Tips by Liz Foster
10/18: Mastering Taxes 101
10/25: Planning for Retirement by Victor
11/1: Investing in the Future
11/8: Insured for Success by Katherine Wichmann-Zacharias
11/15: Building a Support Network: More than a Survior by Gwendolen Wilder
Applications available August 1st – August 15th.
Applicant interviews will be conducted between August 15th – September 1st.
Program begins September 13th – November 29th
Grant Disbursements December 2018.