County funds generator for Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) staff and volunteers, Chester County Commissioners, and County staff celebrate the installation of a generator which ensures the secure, confidential services of the DVCCC are always available.

Chester County Commissioners Josh Maxwell, Marian Moskowitz, and Eric Roe recently met with leaders, staff, and volunteers of the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) to commemorate the installation of a new generator at the DVCCC’s headquarters. The generator, crucial to ensure that the secure, confidential services of the DVCCC are always available, was funded by a $265,000 grant through the Chester County Department of Community Development.

Recognizing the importance of this generator, the Commissioners noted, “The very nature of the support that the DVCCC offers to victims and survivors of domestic violence means that services must always be available to provide refuge. That’s why, in the event of a power outage, having a generator to back up its emergency shelter, transitional housing, and administrative offices – all located in a single, confidential location – is a necessity.

“We are pleased that the County could secure the funds needed to purchase this new generator to give assurance to the DVCCC and individuals and families affected by domestic violence.”

The funding provided by Chester County for the DVCCC generator came from a Community Development Block Grant authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Dr. Dolly Wideman-Scott, DVCCC’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “While we are always here to help those experiencing domestic violence, losing power would restrict our abilities. The numbers we serve increased during the pandemic, highlighting even more the importance of maintaining services and functions at our main location, no matter what.

“This generator will ensure that our conversations, our connections, and our services will continue during major weather events or random loss of power and that we can maintain a confidential, safe, and comfortable environment for our clients.”

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