22 December, 2015 – For Immediate Release
Maggie Fronk, Executive Director
WELLSPRING RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE ADIRONDACK TRUST COMMUNITY FUND
To support the work of Wellspring, the domestic violence and sexual assault services resource for Saratoga County residents, The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund recently awarded a $2,000 Lend-a-Hand grant at the Community Fund’s annual grant award reception on December 15, 2015. Wellspring joined 22 other local nonprofits that were awarded over $44,000 in aid by the fund. Wellspring will use the funds to purchase the essential items to support their secure shelter.
The emergency shelter operated by Wellspring provides a safe, clean, and comfortable environment enabling victims of family violence to focus on their own healing. Each year, the shelter provides over 2,900 safe bed-nights to adults and children fleeing domestic abuse. “Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children in Saratoga County. An immediate, safe, and violence-free environment is one of the critical services we provide to victims of relationship abuse. In some cases it is the difference between life and possibly death.” said Maggie Fronk, Wellspring Executive Director.
Wellspring provides crisis intervention via hotline and emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, comprehensive case management, support groups, and other services to over 1,000 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault each year. The agency operates on a belief that the best treatment is prevention, and offers numerous community outreach, prevention, and issue awareness programs for schools, community and professional groups, and businesses alike. All services are confidential and free of charge. Contact the 24-hour hotline at 518-584-8188 for assistance.
About The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund
The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund (“The Community Fund”) was established in 2009 to serve as a perpetual source of philanthropic support for the needs of local charities. The Fund is an independent 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Since its inception in 2013, the Autumn of Giving Campaign has raised over $125,000 from the community. With the bank match, the overall total raised exceeds $250,000. The Adirondack Trust Company serves as the Trustee and Administrator of The Community Fund with the guidance of an Independent Advisory Committee, comprised of individuals from the community. The Community Fund’s website is www.atccf.org.
At Wellspring, our mission is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse. Each year, our crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—providing safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence, as well as comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management. While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence. Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations.