New life for local domestic violence shelter


FOSTORIA — Support from the local community and a new collaboration with Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services has provided new life for First Step Center for Domestic Violence services.

This support means that First Step will continue providing vital services to victims of domestic violence in the Fostoria and surrounding areas.

“The support of the community and the collaboration with SCDJFS means new life for First Step,” said Board President Amy Kinney. “This support will enable First Step to not only continue serving clients, but to expand services to include community outreach, education, and direct client support as they begin building a new life.”

Last fall, First Step was at risk of closure due to funding uncertainties. A decision by the United Way of Fostoria to remove funding had left the organization in a difficult financial situation. This meant the ability to serve clients in the community was in serious jeopardy.

First Step Center for Domestic Violence Services was built specifically to serve the needs of the survivors of domestic violence. It is the only shelter that serves Seneca and Wyandot counties. First Step provides shelter, a 24-hour hotline, case management, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence and their children.

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