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Published September 20, 2013, 10:12 AM

CVIC receives grant from Xcel Energy

Grand Forks, ND – Xcel Energy awarded the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) a $10,000 grant to support self-sufficiency services for victims of violence. “Individuals trying to end the violence in their life are not only leaving a relationship, they are leaving a roof over their head and financial security for their children,” CVIC Executive Director Kristi Hall-Jiran said.

Grand Forks, ND – Xcel Energy awarded the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) a $10,000 grant to support self-sufficiency services for victims of violence. “Individuals trying to end the violence in their life are not only leaving a relationship, they are leaving a roof over their head and financial security for their children,” CVIC Executive Director Kristi Hall-Jiran said. “Xcel Energy’s investment in our services enables families to attain financial security and begin a life without violence. We are grateful to Xcel Energy for this support.” With Xcel Energy’s investment, CVIC provides employment counseling, housing and

budgeting assistance, case management, and transitional housing for individuals and families becoming homeless or facing poverty after leaving violent homes. “Over the past few years, we have seen record numbers of people in dire straits,” HallJiran said. Last year, the number of individuals with low incomes climbed to 93 percent of all those served, with 81 percent living below the poverty level. Further, the number of nights that

children and adults spent homeless skyrocketed from 5,800 just three years ago to more than 9,000 last year.

“Xcel Energy’s partnership provides hope for these families to build a better future,” Hall-Jiran said.

Xcel Energy’s grant is part of the company’s corporate giving Economic Sustainability Focus Area, which promotes self-sufficiency within families and communities. “The success of our company is directly related to the health of our communities,” said Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy Director of Corporate Giving. “Through our foundation grants we can positively impact the quality of life in the towns and cities we serve.”

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