Finding Our Voices has been awarded $10,000 from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation.

The grant will help Maine women and children trapped in domestic abuse, through the Finding Our Voices Get Out Stay Out fund. The fund pays for short-term motel stays; apartment rent; car repairs and gas cards; computer repair; legal consultations and storage unit and moving van fees.

“This generous grant from such a prestigious organization as the Sam L. Cohen Foundation is a wonderful validation of our grassroots, survivor-powered efforts,” said Patrisha McLean, founder, and president of the two-year-old Maine-based nonprofit Finding Our Voices. McLean added the donation is especially welcome because, “Domestic abuse has been getting steadily worse since the onset of COVID, and the holidays only sharpen the violence and control of abusive family members.”

In the 18 months since the Get Out Stay Out fund was seeded by the Sunshine Lady Foundation; Finding Our Voices has empowered more than 85 Maine families to escape violence and coercive control at home. Referrals to the fund come from partners, including district attorney offices; police departments; homeless shelters; domestic abuse agencies; Maine Community Action; Opportunity Alliance and Goodwill Northern New England.

The Finding Our Voices trademark is domestic abuse-awareness posters and bookmarks featuring the photo portraits of 44 Maine survivors aged 18 to 81, including students, an incarcerated woman, and Gov. Janet T. Mills. The posters have papered downtown business windows in more than 85 Maine towns, with smaller versions in restaurant bathrooms, women’s changing rooms (including every Goodwill store in three states), synagogues, employee break rooms, and schools.

For more information visit FindingOurVoices.net or contact Patrisha directly at hello@findingourvoices.net.