Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) July 21, 2015
Dallas Women’s Foundation, the largest regional women’s fund in the world, announces a $500,000 grant to Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center to provide enrichment programming for its residents. The Foundation previously granted the Girls’ Center with $1 million in 2011, the largest grant in The Foundation’s history, to help build the facility. The Letot Girls’ Center is the nation’s first-of-its-kind treatment and healing facility for female abuse victims and adjudicated girls. It will be a model replicated across the state and country.
“In 2011, Dallas Women’s Foundation released research report findings that more adolescent girls are trafficked in one month in Texas than die in one year by suicide, homicide and accidents combined, which alerted us to what a widespread issue we have in our state,” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and chief executive officer. “Our research drives our commitment to funding solutions and services to end trafficking of women and girls in North Texas. We strongly believe that Letot Girls’ Residential Center will provide victims with the long-term treatment and safe shelter they need to make significant life changes.”
The Letot Girls’ Center is designed and developed specifically for girls, ages 13 to 17, who have experienced extreme abuse, prostitution and abandonment. The treatment will address issues through a highly structured, long-term residential program, which will serve 100 girls in the first year.
“We cannot return these girls' childhoods, but with support from our generous donors such as Dallas Women’s Foundation, we can provide a safe place for them to start a new life,” said Caren Prothro, president emeritus of the Letot Center Capital Foundation.
The Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center is a joint effort by public and private entities, including: Letot Center Capital Foundation, Dallas County, Dallas County Commissioners Court, Dallas County Juvenile Department and Dallas Women’s Foundation.
For more information about Dallas Women’s Foundation and its research on human trafficking, visit: http://www.dallaswomensfdn.org/programs-research-human-trafficking
About Dallas Women’s Foundation
Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $25 million since inception and over $3.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit http://www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Google+.
The Letot Girls' Residential Treatment Center
The Letot Girls’ Center is the nation’s first-of-its-kind treatment and healing facility for female abuse victims and adjudicated girls. It will be a model replicated across the state and country.
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