DCFS announces Domestic Violence Funding for Northwest LA

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 06/17 2014 11:35AM

Updated 06/17 2014 11:40AM

Those who need domestic violence services in Shreveport and surrounding areas will still have a place to go when they are in a crisis.

Project Celebration will expand to provide services in Shreveport and replace the program provided by the Providence House.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services will fund 16 domestic violence service providers across the state, including one provider that is expanding to Shreveport and Natchitoches.

Beginning July 1, Taylor House/Project Celebration, which currently serves Many, will expand to Shreveport and Natchitoches, replacing Providence House in Shreveport and Domestic Violence Education & Support in Natchitoches.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said, "We have worked closely with the Shreveport Mayor's Office and community stakeholders to ensure a continuity of services in the Shreveport area following Providence House's announcement that it would not provide domestic violence services after June 30.  The Shreveport community is highly committed to a seamless transition of services and I am confident the new provider will have strong support."

Mayor Cedric Glover said, "This is an excellent outcome and I truly appreciate how our community united to work together with the state to make sure that our area would not go even one night without these critical services being made available to victims of domestic violence."

Project Celebration will operate an emergency shelter in the city of Shreveport. It will also provide non-residential services and outreach, like intervention and education, in Caddo Parish and the surrounding area, which include Natchitoches, Bossier, Webster and Red River parishes.

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