Job Skills Training Program Empowers Victims of Domestic Violence

Job Skills Training Program Empowers Victims of Domestic Violence

The Jenesse Center in Los Angeles will offer a Career Transitions Program for victims of domestic violence and their families, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation. The job skills training will help victims gain economic self-sufficiency and break the cycle of violence for their families.

"Statistics show that many domestic violence victims are unable to leave their situations due to a lack of skills," said Karen Earl, Jenesse Center executive director. "We are honored to partner with Verizon Foundation to help our clients move into a new realm of self-sufficiency through education."

Jenesse Center, Inc., is a successful intervention program in South Los Angeles founded in 1980 by five women who were survivors of domestic violence. It offers services and support to help more than 1,000 families each year to address their immediate crisis and change the patterns of their lives.

Verizon Foundation's grant will allow clients to complete 12-to-18-week programs in business, medicine, customer service and computer training, provided by accredited universities and supported by the National Business Services Alliances.

The grant was presented at Jenesse's annual fundraiser on April 19 to actress Halle Berry, who chaired the event. "Over the past nine years, I've watched the lives of countless families be transformed through Jenesse," said Berry. "With the help of Verizon this work will continue to bring an end to suffering, one family at a time."

The Career Transitions Program will support Jenesse Center's goal to increase self- empowerment through education for women and families victimized by domestic violence. Domestic violence can create serious obstacles that prevent survivors from achieving economic security and self-sufficiency.

"Jenesse's programs have been the catalyst needed to inspire women to make life-changing decisions," said Elva Lima, vice president, strategic programs, Verizon. "This partnership allows us to continue to use our resources to support an organization that has a proven record of success in domestic violence awareness, prevention, and survivor support."

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