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Volunteer Program and Infrastructure Improvement Project

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $223,587)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.

The Women's Center of Tarrant, Inc. (Center) will support its Volunteer Program comprised of approximately 400 volunteers, and improve agency infrastructure through the upgrade of network computers and management information systems. The Volunteer Program will enable the Women's Center to provide a wide array of direct services to clients - most significantly in rape crisis and victim services, which have become an integral part of the county's criminal justice system. Services include: 24-hour rape crisis hotline, crisis services to children and adult victims at hospital forensic rape exam sites, legal advice, employment assistance, etc. Also, infrastructure improvements are vital to the sustainability and capacity building efforts of the Center. Needed improvements include: computer hardware/software and management system upgrades. Currently, Center staff is using older systems, whose applications are almost a decade behind current technologies.


Date Created: August 26, 2008