LEXINGTON — Parent-Child Center announced Monday that they are the recipient of a $25,000 grant from Tyson Foods for victim services. This is the first time Parent-Child Center has received Tyson Foods funding to support its work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

This funding allowed Parent-Child Center to purchase a newer vehicle to provide client transportation. “Several years ago, Platte Valley Auto donated a mini-van to our agency to use for client transportation and operational travel. When the van is not available, advocates use their personal vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage. The mini-van is continually having mechanical issues that were becoming costly for the agency. A newer more reliable mini-van will allow current transportation funding to be reallocated to additional client services and/or financial aid,” said Melanie Gomez, Parent-Child Center Executive Director.

Additionally, this investment from Tyson Foods will allow Parent-Child Center to help victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault with financial aid. They will be assisted with housing costs while they continue to regain control of their lives and seek safety for themselves and their children.

Parent-Child Center supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and delivers essential services, including, crisis intervention, community referrals, 24-hour English Crisis Line, 24-hour Spanish Crisis Line, safety planning, legal advocacy, criminal justice support, medical advocacy, protection order assistance, emergency financial aid, emergency shelter, support group and emotional support. For more information please visit www.parentchildcenter-lexington.org or www.facebook.com/parentchildcenter .

During 2018, Parent-Child Center provided services and support to more than 270 victims and 28 were provided financial aid for housing costs. Additionally, staff traveled more than 2,500 miles in personal vehicles.

Tyson Foods Inc. is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp®, and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company had 121,000 team members as of September 28, 2018. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.

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