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ELKHART Avon Foundation awards $20,000 grant to iFiT

Posted on Oct. 30, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 30, 2013 at 5:50 p.m.

ELKHART — A nonprofit organization that helps women and children in Elkhart County has received $20,000 from the Avon Foundation for Women’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program.

Individuals and Families in Transition, or iFiT, and the Elkhart County Women’s Shelter were awarded a one-year grant as part of a $500,000 initiative to fund more than 60 domestic violence organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

“We are proud the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program,” iFiT executive director Jennifer Doty said in a news release.

The Avon Foundation for Women launched the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program in 2004. The foundation has provided more than $33 million through the end of 2012 for programs nationwide to support awareness of domestic violence, education, direct service and prevention.

With the grant, Doty said iFiT will continue to serve nearly 400 victims of domestic violence through support groups, counseling, case management and other programs that link women to resources they need to live self-sufficiently. iFiT also partners with community agencies to provide budget classes, women’s health support and community housing resources. Since 1984, the women’s shelter in Elkhart County has provided support to more than 9,000 domestic violence victims.