LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced he has secured additional state funding from the Department of Criminal Justice Services to support various community-based and public safety agencies and departments, including Chances and Changes, which provides confidential assistance to victims of domestic violence.
According to a press release from Senator Gallivan, Chances and Changes will receive $10,000, the SUNY Geneseo Police Department will receive $5,400, and the Avon Fire Department will receive $10,000 to maintain each of their existing programs and to purchase new equipment.
“With the assistance of Senator Gallivan, Chances and Changes, Inc. has been able to partially support a preventive program where appropriate families receive a variety of services delivered by an experienced and licensed social worker,” said Executive Director Karen Tremer. “These services not only address current family violence and safety issues but also have the ultimate goal of not only significantly reducing further problems within the families we work with but also reducing violence and child abuse in the future as these children grow and have relationships and families of their own.”
Chances and Changes also offers emergency safety services such as shelter and a 24-hour hotline.
SUNY Geneseo Police will use the funding to purchase new radio equipment, and the Avon Fire Department will purchase a new access control system at its fire hall.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our citizens and the communities in which we live,” said Senator Gallivan. “As Chairman of the Senate’s committee on Crime, Crime Victims and Correction, I know firsthand how important it is to support programs that assist those victimized by crime and to make sure our police and fire departments have the resources they need to do their job.”