The Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) received two grants totaling $200,000 from the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation that will be used to hire staff and set up an emergency assistance fund.
JCADA plans to use a $150,000 grant to hire additional clinical staff to help people who call its helpline and use its other services.
The $50,000 grant will be used to establish the Ruth Rales Emergency Assistant Fund, which will provide financial assistance to JCADA clients so they can rebuild their lives.
The emergency fund is named in memory of Rales, “who in her lifetime exhibited great strength of character and cared deeply for those in need,” said her son, Joshua Rales, president and trustee of the Rales Foundation. “She would have been very supportive of the work of JCADA as it empowers victims of domestic abuse.”
Both grants are designed to help the Rockville-based coalition in its fundraising efforts. In order to receive the funds from the foundation in the second and third year of the grants, JCADA must raise $50,000 in new or increased gifts.