(Washington) Verizon joined the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) in Washington, D.C. yesterday to open the Verizon Wellness Center for the Cornerstone program at DASH. The center, made possible with a grant from the Verizon Foundation, will provide women escaping abuse with a dedicated, warm, and secure area to heal from the trauma they have experienced.
“Women who have been displaced from their homes because of domestic violence desperately need a place to feel safe from the turmoil they’ve experienced,” said Peg Hacskaylo, executive director of DASH.
“Verizon has made it possible for the women living here to recover from the chaos of abusive homes and have a space to find peace and healing essential for them to move forward in their lives. That kind of support is invaluable.”
The DASH Cornerstone program opened on Nov. 2, 2010, and is currently the largest safe housing facility for survivors of domestic violence in D.C.
The facility houses 43 units and 150 beds for women and children fleeing violent homes. Battered women often experience long-lasting effects from the violence they’ve suffered, including physical symptoms resulting from past abuse and emotional after-effects like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Anahata Grace, a coalition of holistic healers, will provide wellness services for the Cornerstone program. This coalition works with vulnerable communities in need – such as domestic violence survivors, homeless or sheltered adults, veterans with PTSD, and front-line service workers. Holistic healers share the physical and mental health benefits of alternative mechanisms for healing by teaching yoga and facilitating access to holistic and wellness services at no cost.
“Domestic violence touches every segment of society and the impact can be devastating,” said Karen I. Campbell, vice president and chief policy officer for Verizon in Marylandand Washington, D.C.
“While the problem is universal, the solutions are not. Verizon is proud to support DASH in making life a little easier for so many victims who suffer abuse.”
Verizon has a long history of supporting organizations that assist domestic violence survivors. During the past four years, the Verizon Foundation has awarded $21 million to nonprofit organizations to support domestic violence prevention.
For more information, see DASH, and, the Verizon Foundation.
(Sources: DASH / Verizon)