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November 30, 2016

GRANT SUPPORTS FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION FOR
DOMESTIC & SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS

Allstate Foundation awards Women’s and Children’s Alliance $10,000 grant to support the Treasure Valley Economic Action Program

Allstate Foundation WCA TVEAP Check Presentation 2016

WCA Board Members and Staff hold a $10,000 check from the Allstate Foundation. Photo by Chris Davis.

Boise, ID – The Allstate Foundation has awarded the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) a grant for $10,000 to support the Treasure Valley Economic Action Program (TVEAP) that provides financial literacy education.

The WCA is the lead agency for TVEAP, which began in 2010 as a collaborative effort of six valley agencies. The financial literacy curriculum is evidence-based, specifically developed to empower women to achieve economic self-sufficiency through personal financial and money management education, thus assisting women to move toward greater economic and personal autonomy and to move away from abuser dependency. The Financial Literacy Educator generally provides the classes on-site at the participating agency. More than 1,240 women have participated in the classes and 1,071 have graduated.

“The financial literacy program empowers participants by providing strategies and conversations that highlight economic independence and stability in the areas of budgeting, credit, banking, saving, and goal-setting,” said Deborah DeSousa, M.Ed., Certified Financial Educator/Coach.

“The Allstate Foundation is proud to partner with the Women’s and Children’s Alliance and help their efforts to support survivors of domestic violence,” said Frank Clouser, Allstate Corporate Relations Manager. “We are committed to using financial empowerment to end the cycle of violence because research shows that financial dependency is the strongest predictor of a survivor’s decision to remain, leave or return to an abusive relationship – even stronger than physical safety issues.”

“Allstate Insurance is more than a company that does business in Idaho – it’s part of the fabric that makes up our local community. Through the support of The Allstate Foundation, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance is able to provide our clients with financial literacy education that empowers them to achieve financial independence and economic self-determination. The Allstate Foundation is an important partner in meeting our mission of providing safety, healing and freedom to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault,” said Bev La Chance, M.Ed., Deputy Director for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

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About the Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

About the WCA

The Women’s & Children’s Alliance provides safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates secure shelters and provides professional counseling, legal advocacy, crisis services and case management to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. For more information, visit www.wcaboise.org.

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