By Matthew Umstead
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday presented more than $9.3 million in grant funding to community support groups and justice programs across the state, including several in the Eastern Panhandle.
“With this needed funding, community programs from all corners of our state will be better equipped to serve children and families and further strengthen West Virginia’s justice system,” Tomblin said in a news release.
“We are expanding direct services to victims of crime, putting programs in place to help at-risk youth get back on track and preparing parents with the life skills they need to foster a healthy, nurturing environment to raise their families,” he said.
Grant funding for various programs and initiatives in the Eastern Panhandle was allocated as follows:
• The Shenandoah Women’s Center Inc. received $355,035 to pay for the salaries of a full-time Jefferson County outreach advocate and two shelter advocates, and a portion of the salaries for a full-time Morgan County outreach advocate, a Jefferson County outreach advocate, two Berkeley County outreach advocates, evening and weekend shelter advocate positions, and two part-time counselors to provide direct services to child victims and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Eastern Panhandle.
• The Jefferson Day Report Center Inc. received $140,998 to support ongoing work through the Justice Reinvestment Treatment Supervision Program.
• CASA of the Eastern Panhandle Inc. received $103,218 to provide for the salary of a senior volunteer coordinator, two volunteer coordinators and a part-time volunteer coordinator to provide direct services to victims of child abuse and neglect in the Eastern Panhandle.
• The Jefferson County Commission received $67,104 to pay a portion of the salaries of two full-time victim advocates in the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to provide direct services to crime victims in the county.
• The Morgan County Commission received $20,000 to support a school- and community-based program that provides a school-based violence prevention curriculum and a developmental asset program to cultivate youth strengths and self-esteem. The county commission separately received an additional $20,000 to support the position of a prevention resource officer in Berkeley Springs High School.
• The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia received $35,576 to provide for the salary of a full-time family advocate to provide direct services to child-abuse victims and adult survivors of child sexual abuse in the Eastern Panhandle.