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Center for Women in Transition reaches campaign goal

From The Holland Sentinel • Sep 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Center for Women in Transition announced it has reached its campaign goal early. After announcing the Forward Together Campaign on April 20, the center has raised $2,617,500 in pledges and gifts.

The campaign covers comprehensive needs for the agency — future capital improvements, endowment and programming.

“Our goal was to raise $2.25 million with this multi-faceted campaign,” CWIT Executive Director Beth Larsen said. “In order for CWIT to be financially viable and remain on the cutting edge of domestic and sexual assault programming, we need to see our endowments eventually grow to $4 million. We recognize that will take some time.”

The campaign was led by Mike and Colleen Hill.

“We are incredibly grateful to Mike and Colleen for their leadership and passion for our mission,” Larsen said. “Their commitment has been unwavering.”

In light of increasing need for services and unstable government funding, the center’s staff, leadership and board of directors began a strategic planning process in 2014, resulting in the Forward Together Campaign, which was informed by extensive community feedback, national research in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault and the agency’s 40-year knowledge base of these issues in Ottawa and Allegan counties.

CWIT has served Ottawa and Allegan counties for 40 years with a mission to respond to, reduce and prevent domestic and sexual violence. Rebuilding lives and preventing violence in our community is accomplished through services like emergency shelter, trauma therapy for adults and children, forensic sexual assault nurse examinations, supportive housing and violence prevention programs and education.

To learn more about the campaign, visit cwitmi.org/campaign or call 616-494-1756.

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