Accomack gives money to ESCADV

This artwork of ESCADV's logo decorates a wall outside the back door of the organization's new emergency shelter for domestic violence victims. The public was invited to an open house Tuesday, June 21, to view progress on renovations being made to the building. Photo by Carol Vaughn.

By Carol Vaughn —

The Accomack County Board of Supervisors will give the Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence past president money from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Peaches Dodge, the coalition’s past president, spoke about progress on renovations to the coalition’s campus, three buildings at the former G.F. Horne Assisted Living Facility in Onancock.

ESCADV asked for $250,000 from the county’s second tranche of ARPA funds, which totals around $3.1 million.

Dodge said the coalition had applied for ARPA money from various sources, totaling between $350,000 and $450,000.

“To date we have received $63,000 of that,” she said.

The coalition also received corporate sponsor funding of $70,000 and state and federal grants of around $174,000.

“But that money is not available to us yet,” and won’t be until 2023, Dodge said.

Foundations also awarded $140,000, but $100,000 is not available until 2023.

Individual donations totaled around $150,000.

Additionally, the coalition raised money by selling its former emergency shelter and office.

In the next two weeks, the new shelter will be ready to occupy.

“What we would like to do is to keep going as fast as we can so that we can, perhaps in the next six to nine months, be able to move our staff into the second (building), which will be the counseling and administrative building.

“We really need the money now. We’ve got to keep this thing (moving) along,” Dodge said.

The board unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Jackie Phillips to give $250,000 to help renovate the campus.


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