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DVSC Project Recognized by State Publication

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10-07-08/rel-ovsrecog For additional information: 570-823-6799 x 221 DVSC PROJECT RECOGNIZED BY STATE PUBLICATION Project lauded as a ‘milestone’ WILKES-BARRE (July 8, 2010) – An innovative project undertaken by Domestic Violence Service Center that offers a “comfort zone” for teens and help for women seeking employment was recently recognized by the state Office of Victim Service (OVS) in their June 30 newsletter. In an article entitled “Ideas Into Realities,” DVSC was praised for transforming unused space into a computer Resource Room for residential and post-residential clients. The agency was also acknowledged for utilizing empty space for the creation of an age-appropriate center where teenage victims of family violence and homelessness can play video games, use computers for homework and any number of other activities designed to lessen the trauma suffered from having lived in a violent environment. “We are honored that the Office of Victim Services has selected our effort for state-wide recognition,” noted DVSC Executive Director Paula Triano. “Our goal remains to strive to meet changing needs and provide the best quality services to the victims we serve.” The bi-monthly OVS publication detailed that DVSC’s initiative to create the teen room was underwritten by funding from the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Youth Allocation Fund which was used to purchase furniture, a television, computers, video game system and furniture for the room. “The teen-centered and age-appropriate room provides teens a ‘comfort zone’ which turned an unused resource into a milestone that has a direct and positive impact on the family unity as a whole,” the OVS News Letter noted. ---more--- Page 2 DVSC PROJECT RECOGNIZED BY STATE PUBLICATION The Resource Room was furnished with computers, software and desks as a result of funding supplied by the Maslow Family Foundation. Victims can use the room to hone their computer skills, draft resumes and research job opportunities on the Internet. During a recent site visit to DVSC, representatives from the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency praised the agency’s innovative use of unused space for “meeting generational needs of clients and providing tools (computer) to help women prepare for employment.” Additional information about DVSC and the services it provides can be found at www.domesticviolenceservice.org or by calling the DVSC hotline at 570-823-7312 or 1-800-4224-5600. ###. 2010