Green Bay Packers Foundation awards $7,000 grant to YWCA Rock County

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Green Bay Packers Foundation awards $7,000 grant to YWCA Rock County

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Janesville, Wisconsin – The Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded $7,000 to YWCA Rock County to help victims of domestic violence.

Jessi Luepnitz, Alternatives to Violence Program Director and Lori Kokes, Development Director accept a $7,000 grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation

The grant will provide a boost to the Alternatives to Violence program, which includes an emergency domestic violence shelter, 24-hour help line, as well as ongoing case management, support groups and legal advocacy for domestic violence victims.

This grant will allow YWCA Rock County to further assist clients with ongoing family court cases, such as custody or divorce. The funding will be used to help clients obtain an attorney.

“Right now, our legal advocate is able to help our clients understand their cases and is able to help with paperwork. However, legal advocates cannot represent clients in the courtroom,” said Jessi Luepnitz, Alternatives to Violence Program Director. “Our legal advocate and the attorney will be able to work together to make sure our clients have assistance throughout their court cases.”

A majority of clients who utilize YWCA Rock County’s emergency shelter arrive with children. Through November 2019, 151 people used the emergency shelter, including 85 children.

“Without these funds many clients would have to represent themselves, which can be stressful enough, even without the added trauma of facing their abuser in court,” said Luepnitz.

Grant recipients were announced at a luncheon at Lambeau Field on Wednesday, December 4. In total, the Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded 192 grants totaling $1 million in this grant cycle.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Draz at (608) 352-2014 or jdraz@ywcarockco.com.