Financial literacy is a key to self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is a key to independent thinking. Independence is a critical piece in providing a better chance for a domestic violence victim to leave – and not return – to an abusive relationship.
The MCFJC Foundation, aware that victims of domestic violence are a vulnerable population who are oftentimes financially underserved and underbanked, is working with a local financial institution on a special project to help FJC clients (many of whom have never had access to any money of their own!) develop financial literacy and financial capacity.
The goal is to help the client become totally financial fit. Elements of the on-going program include both general understandings as well as specific “how to’s”:
- Why financial independence is critical
- How financial independence helps break the intergenerational cycle of violence
- How do I learn how to budget?
- Interactive discussions and Q & A events for parents and middle and high school students around the issue of financial literacy
- Selecting a bank or credit union that will be best for you
- How to open an account
- Establishing your own credit (or credit repair!
- Saving – no matter how small!
- Keeping your banking information safe
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Baskets Of Hope Drive
We are raising funds and taking donations of toiletries for victims of domestic violence. This includes: soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, tooth brush & toothpaste, floss, hairbrushes & combs, hand and body lotion, feminine hygiene products, etc.
These items will be assembled into Baskets of Hope and given to women fleeing an abusive relationship so that they may have some basic hygiene essentials to get them by while they work out an immediate safety plan.
The Baskets of Hope will be assembled during Community Service week on Wednesday, October 19th from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Family Justice Center.
Donations can be made online or dropped off:
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Family Justice Center
600 Jefferson Plaza
Rockville, MD 20852
What is a Family Justice Center?
The Montgomery County Family Justice Center is one of only approximately 40 centers located in the United States and other countries. The concept is to create a family-friendly environment in which a multi-disciplinary team of professionals works together in one, centralized location to provide coordinated services to victims of family violence.
Prior to the Center’s opening in Montgomery County, victims of domestic violence would have to visit as many as 20 different agencies to receive vital services and assistance. With victims often escaping their situations with only the clothes on their back and no transportation, this made an already challenging situation nearly impossible.
The mission of the MCFJC Foundation is to support the important work of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center. A non-proft 501(c)(3) corporation, The MCFJC Foundation works to help strengthen the lives of families affected by domestic violence and relationship abuse.
We look forward to the day when the scourge of domestic violence – emotional, psychological and physical abuse – will no longer be a factor in the lives of our friends and neighbors in Montgomery County.