• The latest grants bring DTE Foundation’s domestic violence support to over $2.2 million

    Detroit, Mich. (Oct. 27, 2022) – The DTE Energy Foundation announced today it will continue its mission to support victims of domestic violence in Michigan by awarding another round of grants to 45 state-funded domestic violence shelters in Michigan. This year’s grant amount of $420,000 brings the Foundation’s total commitment to more than $2.2 million over the past four years.

    “The tragic consequences of domestic violence are present in every county of our state and every aspect of our daily life,” said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Foundation. “The DTE Foundation remains committed to supporting these shelters that provide a safe haven to individuals forced to flee abusive relationships or settings. These agencies are a lifeline for victims and their families.”

    The grant will be provided to 45 shelters that receive part of their funding from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Support will be based on bed count and go to critical expenses at each location. Funding also will be used to offer holistic survivor-centric services that include housing, transportation, employment and support for survivors who need assistance with health care needs or are struggling to navigate the criminal justice system.

    “Many of the people we assist arrive at our shelter having just fled unimaginable violence and fear, with little more than hope for a better life,” said Lori Kitchen-Buschel, First Step executive director. "The funding we receive from the DTE Foundation allows us to provide comfort and shelter to these individuals. Without this funding, some of the adults and children who reach out to us might face additional barriers to their safety and security.”  

    “The need for assistance and shelter in our five-county region is great, these critical funds will support programs and services that have positively impacted hundreds of adults and children,” said Gail Kloss, executive director of Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan. “Our organization relies heavily on outside support to deliver services to those who have nowhere else to turn. The support we receive from the DTE Foundation allows us to provide immediate assistance to our neighbors in crisis.”

    To further support Domestic Violence Awareness Month, DTE team members volunteered to create more than 2,400 hygiene kits that have been delivered and distributed to shelters across Michigan. 
    The MDHHS notes the support of the DTE Foundation and many other private organizations is essential to meeting the ever-increasing need.

    “Our goal is to help our community partners respond to every call, answer every plea and provide comfort and support to everyone who needs it,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of MDHHS. “We’re grateful those agencies are receiving this generous support from the DTE Foundation.”

    Domestic violence shelters eligible to receive DTE Foundation grants:
    1.     Catherine Cobb Safe House, Adrian 
    2.     Hope Shores Alliance, Alpena 
    3.     SafeHouse Center, Ann Arbor 
    4.     S.A.F.E. Place, Battle Creek 
    5.     Bay Area Women's Center, Bay City 
    6.     Children and Family Services of Southwestern Michigan/Safe Shelter, Inc., Benton Harbor 
    7.     Women's Information Service, Inc., Big Rapids 
    8.     Cadillac Area O.A.S.I.S, Cadillac 
    9.     Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter, Calumet 
    10.   HDC/Thumb Area Assault Crisis Center, Caro 
    11.   Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Coldwater 
    12.   YWCA of Metropolitan Detroit/Interim House, Detroit 
    13.   Alliance Against Violence and Abuse, Escanaba 
    14.   YWCA of Greater Flint/SAFE House, Flint 
    15.   YWCA of West Central Michigan, Grand Rapids 
    16.   River House, Grayling 
    17.   Domestic Harmony, Hillsdale 
    18.   Resilience, Holland 
    19.   LACASA, Howell 
    20.   RAVE – Ionia/Montcalm 
    21.   Caring House, Inc., Iron Mountain 
    22.   DOVE, Ironwood  
    23.   AWARE, Jackson 
    24.   YWCA of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo 
    25.   Baraga County Shelter Home, L'Anse 
    26.   End Violent Encounters (EVE), Lansing 
    27.   Lapeer Area Citizens Against Domestic Assault, Lapeer 
    28.   Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters, Ludington 
    29.   CHOICES of Manistee County, Manistee 
    30.   Women's Center/Harbor House, Marquette 
    31.   Shelterhouse/Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Midland 
    32.   Family Counseling and Shelter Services of Monroe County, Monroe 
    33.   Turning Point, Mt. Clemens 
    34.   RISE, Mt. Pleasant 
    35.   Every Woman's Place, Muskegon 
    36.   Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, Petoskey 
    37.   First Step, Plymouth 
    38.   HAVEN, Pontiac 
    39.   Blue Water Safe Horizons, Port Huron 
    40.   Underground Railroad, Saginaw 
    41.   Anishnaabek Community and Family Services, Sault Ste. Marie 
    42.   Diane Peppler Resource Center, Sault Ste. Marie 
    43.   SafeCenter, St. Johns 
    44.   Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services, Three Rivers 
    45.   Women's Resource Center Grand Traverse Area, Traverse City  

    About the DTE Energy Foundation
    The DTE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.3 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2021, the DTE Energy Foundation provided more than $18.9 million in grant support where the company has a business presence with a focus on driving positive, meaningful change on three key areas: jobs, equity and the environment. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE aspires not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world, serving as a force for growth and prosperity in the communities across Michigan. Visit DTEFoundation.com to learn more.

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