Partners for Women and Justice Awarded Grants

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 11:59am

Partners for Women and Justice, a Montclair-based non-profit that helps to empower low-income and abused women by providing them equal access to justice, has received grants from two Montclair foundations.

The grants were awarded by the Montclair Fund for Women and The Montclair Foundation and will be used towards the Partners’ programs of free legal assistance. The legal help focuses on family court proceedings involving restraining orders, child and spousal support, visitation and custody and divorce. The programs are designed to protect low-income and abused women and their children.

“Our clients, staff and trustees are extraordinarily grateful to these two local foundations for their continuing support,” said the Executive Director of Partners, Jane Hanson, who is a Montclair resident. “Without the foundations’ grants, we would not be able to help area women and their children begin to find the peace they so deserve.”

The Montclair Fund for Women, formerly the YWCA of Montclair, invests in local projects that promote economic empowerment and social development for women and girls, especially those of color. The Montclair Foundation’s grant program supports a wide range of organizations that contribute to the quality of life in Montclair and surrounding areas.

Partners for Women and Justice was established in 2002. The organization trains and works with pro bono attorneys who have donated millions in free legal services.

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