Cocoon gets $85,854 boost from stimulus

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray has announced that victim service programs in 21 Ohio counties will
receive $1.2 million to assist them in meeting the needs of crime victims.
This assistance comes as local agencies’ budgets face continuing economic challenges, adding extra
difficulty to these organizations’ important efforts.
The Cocoon Shelter in Wood County will receive $85,854.
In May, Cordray’s office received federal stimulus funding to be distributed to Ohio programs that combat
violence against women, fight Internet crimes against children, improve the functioning of the criminal
justice system and assist victims of crime.
The competitive process yielded 122 proposals totaling more than $6.2 million in requests for aid.
"The number of requests we received confirms the great level of need among those people in our
communities who have fallen victim to criminal activity," said Attorney General Cordray.
"Getting on your feet or staying on your feet can be tough for any of us in these times. Crime
victims face added burdens. By infusing money into local programs with direct victim service, the
community as a whole will benefit."
Recipient agencies were chosen based on a scoring system that took into account funding in the region as
well as the program’s reach and type as outlined in federal funding guidelines.
Many of the recipient agencies will use the grant dollars to add or restore additional victim advocates
to their staff, allowing the agencies to assist more victims or offer new services.
Some agencies will use the grant dollars to offer specialized assistance to foreign victims or victims of
hate crimes or human trafficking.