Family and Community Resources, Inc. Receives $10,000 Targeted Grant To Advance Women 

The grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation will support victims and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in 6 locations across Southeastern Massachusetts including Brockton, Raynham, Quincy, and the Cape and Islands.

Patricia Kelleher, President & CEO of Family and Community Resources, Inc., states, "FCR has seen a dramatic increase in the number of identified cases of human trafficking of young women throughout our catchment area over the past few years. The funds awarded through Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation will not only provide direct bi-lingual services to survivors, but also the ability to provide training and presentations to our community partners. FCR does not work alone in addressing these issues, but with an array of other service providers seeking an end to violence in all forms."

Eastern's Targeted Grant program this year creates new opportunities and resources for women in areas where assistance is needed the most. The facts are staggering, here are two examples:

  • A woman is assaulted every nine seconds in the U.S. and one in three women has been a victim of physical brutality by an intimate partner, making intimate partner violence the single greatest cause of injury to women.
  • In Massachusetts, women earn 83 cents for every dollar paid to men. In New Hampshire, they earn 76 cents. African-American women nationwide earn 64 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latinas—only 56 cents.

Bob Rivers, Chair & CEO of Eastern Bank said, "With each Targeted Grant, we aim to enhance the lives of our neighbors and contribute to real progress around the advancement of women in our local communities. On behalf of everyone at Eastern, we congratulate this year's Targeted Grant recipients and thank them for working to level the playing field."
 

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