• DTE Energy Foundation announces first-of-its-kind funding for Michigan domestic violence shelters

    Grants will be awarded to all state-approved domestic violence shelters in Michigan during October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    DETROIT, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The DTE Energy Foundation today announced that it will provide $400,000 in grants to all state-approved domestic violence shelters across Michigan, from Escanaba to Monroe, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. These 44 domestic violence shelters may use the funds to not only support critical services, but also to provide necessary training for the organizations to ensure future viability. Trevor Lauer, DTE Electric president and board member of the DTE Foundation, and Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist announced the gift today at the YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit Interim House, the largest state-approved domestic violence shelter in Michigan.  

    "These grants will help thousands of people fleeing from violence, including more than 5,000 children, with both emergency housing and support services to help rebuild their lives," said Lauer. "Survivors often arrive at shelters having been isolated both socially and financially, leaving them without a safety net. The grants will help provide critical services from finding employment and permanent housing to opening a bank account. Equally important, these programs help survivors navigate what can be a very complex criminal justice system."

    In Michigan, more than 2,600 survivors may require some form of assistance on a given day. The support provided by the DTE Foundation will be used by individual organizations to increase the number of families that can be helped and enhance programs to help survivors rebuild their lives. 

    "Providing critical services to survivors is essential both for their immediate safety and for their long-term success as they work to put their lives back together," said Emma Peterson, YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit president and CEO. "We're grateful to the DTE Energy Foundation both for the funds that will support our work in the community and for the statewide lens through which they view this growing crisis."

    Gilchrist applauded DTE Foundation's support for domestic violence victims. "Michigan has been a leader in working to end domestic violence, but there is still much more we need to achieve to ensure the safety of our state's citizens. We are fortunate to have generous philanthropic partners in our state who help us address some of our most challenging societal issues. This DTE Foundation grant will support statewide non-profits so they can provide emergency shelter to domestic violence victims and help these survivors along the journey of rebuilding their lives."

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