Verizon Donation To Help Youth Domestic Violence Survivors

HopeLine by Verizon donated $25,000 to Margaret's Place in the NYC metro area to go toward domestic violence prevention efforts.

Contributed photo.
Contributed photo.
It's a strange concept telling children that it's ok to "run away from home" for a little bit, but in the case of youth in domestic violence situations, it could be the only hope they have.

Margaret's Place, a division of the Joe Torre Foundation for domestic violence survivors, provides students across the country with "safe rooms" in which to share their stories and find comfort in their peers.

HopeLine from Verizon Wireless, which furnishes domestic violence survivors with refurbished phones and works in alignment with domestic violence charities nationwide, presented the NYC chapters of Margaret's Place with a $25,000 donation May 5 at BASE High School in Prospect Heights.

“HopeLine from Verizon has a long history of supporting domestic violence prevention in Brooklyn,” said Wendy Taccetta, Director of Stores, Verizon Wireless New York Metro. “We are thrilled to support the Joe Torre Foundation and Margaret’s Place, a local program that helps students who may be struggling with violence in their homes and communities.”

HopeLine has contributed $11 million in support for domestic violence charities and youth outreach.

Margaret's Place in NYC consists of peer leaders as well as counselors who talk with students who may be struggling with violence in the home. Not only does it provides comfort and safety to students, but by appointing peer counselors, it educates youth about domestic violence and assisting victims.

The donation will go toward educating youth about bullying, domestic violence prevention and healthy relationships.

"This HopeLine donation from Verizon Wireless will help us continue directly impacting students in New York City, as well as create greater awareness and understanding of the impact of domestic violence and violence-related issues,” Jessica Mischkot, Program Director, Margaret’s Place said.


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