Agencies join against domestic violence

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — Beatitude House is collaborating with Someplace Safe and Solace Center, Trumbull County’s domestic violence programs, to meet the ongoing needs of women and children in its Warren transitional housing facility.

In February, Someplace Safe will be assuming ownership of Beatitude House’s A House of Blessing in Warren. All current clients have been relocated to a similar program with safe, affordable housing in accordance with the missions of both organizations.

Teresa Boyce, acting director of Beatitude House, said, “Beatitude House and Someplace Safe have a long-standing relationship, and both organizations are committed to helping promote stability in the lives of the women and children we serve.”

Last year, Beatitude House in Warren provided transitional housing for 29 homeless families, 24 of whom reported domestic violence as a reason for seeking assistance.

She said since most of the clients at the Warren facility also have utilized the services of Someplace Safe, the partnership between the two organizations is a natural one. For more than a year, Someplace Safe has held domestic violence support group sessions at Beatitude House’s A House of Blessing.

In 2016, Beatitude House was one of three area agencies to experience a cut in its federal HUD spending for transitional housing, a $214,000-per- year loss for the organization. In response, Beatitude House immediately began exploring how it could maintain services to its clients who were in need of transitional housing.

“We at Someplace Safe appreciate and value the relationship we have with Beatitude House. It has enabled us over the past year to expand our programming. The move to the current Beatitude House site will allow us to double our capacity to provide temporary, emergency shelter and needed services for adults and children experiencing domestic violence in Trumbull County,” said Bonnie Wilson, director of Someplace Safe.

“We’re committed to maintaining a presence in Trumbull County with our Ursuline Sisters Scholars Program. Providing educational opportunities has always been a part of our mission and we know that education is vital to breaking the chains of generational poverty. Our ultimate goal is to help homeless and low-income women move out of poverty and transform their lives, “ Boyce said.

The Ursuline Sisters Scholars Program has a two-pronged approach by providing financial support and one-on-one mentorship. Assistance provided addresses the student’s basic needs for food, clothing and transportation as well as the need for thoughtful advice from knowledgeable mentors.

Beatitude House, sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, is committed to all disadvantaged women and children by creating homes, providing educational opportunities and fostering healthy families.

For information about Beatitude House, visit www.beatitudehouse

.com or call 330-744-3147.