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PHILANTHROPY & CHARITY
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Verizon Wireless HopeLine gives $50,000 to Laura’s House

The shelter, which assists abused women and children, will receive the donation in technology grants.

By Sophia GioielloPublished: September 29, 2011 08:00 AM

Laura’s House, a local non-profit organization based in Ladera Ranch, has received a $50,000 donation in technology grants from Verizon Wireless HopeLine. The program recycles and resells wireless products and donates the proceeds to domestic-violence-prevention organizations.

Every year, Laura’s House provides residential shelter and associated services to more than 200 women and children, as well as legal services and counseling to more than 300 clients. In addition, the non-profit handles some 1,700 emergency hot-line calls annually.

The grant from Verizon Wireless HopeLine will upgrade computers for shelter residents and improve the organization’s digital case-management system. In addition, local Verizon Wireless employees have donated everyday essentials for the women and children living in Laura’s House’s shelter.

Margaret Bayston, CEO and executive director of Laura’s House, said, “We are honored that Verizon Wireless has chosen to support [our organization] in providing much-needed programs and services to families that are rebuilding their lives free of violence. We found the company’s collection drive to be a very creative way to engage their employees in helping Laura’s House end the cycle of domestic violence in our community. We’re also grateful for the financial contributions, and hope that their efforts will inspire other local businesses to find ways to make a place in our community.”


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