As we wind down this fiscal year and prepare for the next, it comes with new opportunities and new challenges. I want to share what our next challenge is and how you can help us continue to thrive.
A month ago we were informed that part of our government grant funding would be reduced by 60%. This grant award has traditionally covered a large portion of our clinical and advocacy programming. Why the drastic reduction? These funds come from the Victim of Crime Act’s (VOCA) Crime Victim Fund. It is a non-taxpayer pool of money that comes from monetary penalties associated with federal criminal convictions. That pool of money is drying up. Over the last two years, VOCA victim services grants have been cut by 74%. This year, some of those cuts hit SARA. We are committed to closing that funding gap and meeting the needs of this community.
How you can help:
When you invest in SARA, you invest in our vision of a community free from sexual violence, confidential services for survivors and their loved ones, and prevention education in schools, faith communitites, and local businesses.