The Senate on Thursday, May 22 passed a $36.38 billion balanced budget for the 2015 fiscal year, including significant initiatives for the Cape and Islands, reports Cape and Islands Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich).
Among them, the budget includes $110,000 for the development of a Work Maturity Skills pilot program through the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc. (CACCI), to move women from domestic violence shelters to long-term employment and financial stability. CACCI will create a curriculum and partner with other organizations to offer a variety of classes along with developing a mentoring program.
“This is a great program that opens doors for people willing and able to make the most of the opportunity,” said Senator Wolf, who sponsored the legislation. “It strengthens our social fabric because it truly helps brave women in difficult circumstances to break a vicious cycle.”
“Women who are victims of domestic violence often feel that they are in a situation they can’t escape from, or don’t have the means to live a better and healthier life,” Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) said. “In short, this program will make a difference for so many women and help them find their strength within to live the life they deserve. I applaud the CACCI for taking the lead on this program, which I hope will serve as an example for the rest of the Commonwealth.”
“We want the women (and their children) we shelter at Safe Harbor to have the best chance at a safe, healthy life away from batterers and out of poverty,” said Stefanie Coxe, Executive Director of Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc. “Studies show a linkage between women who achieve economic self-sufficiency and remaining separated from abusers. We believe the best way to achieve this goal is to offer a comprehensive training program that will ensure that those who need it are equipped with the foundation skills needed for success in the workplace with the goal of financial independence. Senate President Murray and Senator Wolf recognize the need for skills-based programs, and we thank them for their support.”
For more information on the FY 2015 budget, visit https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2015/Senate.