Headlines – County Executive Pittman announces $500,000 grant for YWCA to build residential facility

The grant will cover a 7,200 square foot project to help youth aged 13-18 who have been victims of human trafficking

Arnold, MD (August 24, 2022) – Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced a $500,000 grant to the YWCA yesterday, which the organization will use to help build a youth-specific residential facility ( aged 13 to 18) who have been victims of sex trafficking. The 7,200 square foot facility will have eight bedrooms.

“Strengthening our local nonprofit sector to better serve our residents is a critical role of county government, said County Executive Steuart Pittman. “I am grateful that the YWCA continues to meet the most pressing needs of women and children in Anne Arundel County. This new facility will save lives.

Funding for the grant came from general county funds. The project also received $1.35 million from the state. Sen. Pam Beidle (D-32) and Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D-30) joined the Pittman County Executive at the YWCA offices in Arnold, MD for the announcement.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with the YWCA over the years, and we are thrilled to support this safe house that will serve victims of human trafficking throughout the state of Maryland,” said the senator. Pam Beidle.

The new facility will be the only dedicated safe house in the state for child victims of human trafficking. It will include a 24-hour call center, case managers, residential counsellors, counseling and educational opportunities to provide children with everything they need on site.

“Our team has made funding for this project a priority in this year’s budget process to ensure it gets built,” said Senator Sarah Elfreth. “The YWCA serves as a national model for supporting young women and girls through the most trying experiences imaginable. This will be the only juvenile milking safe house in Maryland and we are grateful to make this essential resource available to Maryland residents right here in our county.

The project reflects the goals and mission of the YWCA to empower women and help them achieve their self-identified goals while moving away from their abuser, and will help alleviate poverty by providing shelter and education while aiding in healing. The program also helps clients manage their finances, find employment and find housing – it serves as a gateway to independent living.

“Thank you to the County Executive, County Council and the State for helping us fund this project, as well as providing ongoing annual support for our services and being true advocates for this work,” said Molly Knipe, CEO of the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. “Our staff are on the front line every day to ensure that we provide the best services to our clients, and we are grateful to be able to expand our services and create a healing environment for our children to help them achieve their best life. .”

The YWCA is proud to establish the first dedicated residential facility in the state for minors who have been sexually exploited. The YWCA is the sole comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault service provider for Anne Arundel County and has clear and established partnerships with both local hospitals, the public school system, courts, police and government providers to ensure clients receive a full continuum of care. The YWCA serves 10,000 people a year through shelter, licensed therapy, legal representation by staff attorneys, batterer intervention, support groups, hospital accompaniment and hotlines. 24 hour telephone support.

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