GREENSBORO, N.C. – Family Service of the Piedmont has served families and children in the Triad facing domestic violence, child abuse, mental health and financial stability crises since the 1940s.

The organization stemmed from a merger between Family Service of High Point and Family & Children’s Service of Greater Greensboro in 1998.

WFMY News 2 and the TEGNA Foundation are teaming up once again to help organizations, like Family Service of the Piedmont, further their initiatives in the Piedmont Triad area to help enrich our communities.

WFMY News 2 is proud to award a grant to the Family Service o the Piedmont for their commitment to the positive development of our children and families in the Triad.

The grant will go towards funding free financial counseling for domestic violence survivors to regain control over their lives.

Kenyatta Jennings Richardson, Shelter Services Coordinator, says the organization’s goal “is to provide them with safe shelter for an amount of time to help them figure out what’s next for them as it relates to rebuilding their lives.”

Jennings Richardson explained that the abuse the victims go through is not only physical and emotional, but financial.

Tom Luzon, Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Greater Greensboro, says that when these women go through the program after all they have struggled, “they seem to have a confidence boost.”

Luzon also says that the resources are available to the women beyond their stay in the shelters provided by Family Service.

“With Foundations like TEGNA, we are actually able to pay for those services to help people work through that,” Jennings Richardson said.

“We’re able to take that time that they’re spending while they’re in shelter and even after they leave to help them recreate what might be a good starting point for them to get their lives back together.”

Luzon, a certified credit counselor, encourages local funders to invest their time in causes such as financial literacy for the domestically abused, and in this case, financial abuse victims.

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