Posted by: Dan Curtis
MAHOPAC, N.Y. – For the second year in a row, state Senator Greg Ball has secured a $50,000 grant for the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center, an organization that advocates a safe environment and eliminates violence against women and children.
Sen. Ball presented the grant check to Ann Ellsworth, executive director of the center, and her staff, Thursday afternoon at the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center headquarters in Mahopac.
Ellsworth said the grant has allowed her to hire another part-time staff member and a bilingual advocate, which she said will “significantly enhance [the] services [we offer].”
“It’s really important when someone in state politics gets it,” Ellsworth said. “He [Sen. Ball] gets it and he makes himself available for me if I need help or assistance. When he has questions he calls me and he is very open to learning what’s going on and not everyone has the opportunity to do that, and this is something that he makes sure he is involved in. He and I have had that opportunity to build that relationship.”
Sen. Ball said obtaining the necessary funding was not easy, but that it is necessary for the type of quality work the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center does.
“It’s been difficult in this tight budgetary environment to get these dollars but it’s critical,” Sen. Ball said. “Anne and her team do extraordinary work in the Hudson Valley to provide a safety net for families that are facing domestic violence.”
“We’re talking about the difference, literally, between life and death for victims of domestic violence and in tougher times it’s incredibly difficult for government to provide that resources necessary to organizations to provide the services that are critically needed,” he added. (ARTICLE)