Safer Society Foundation receives grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to support the New Circle Mentoring program

Safer Society Foundation recently received a $2,500 grant from the Walter Cerf Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The grant will help further the Safer Society Foundation’s initiatives to mitigate the impact of mass incarceration on American children and their families by enlarging the scope of the New Circle Mentoring program, which is specifically designed to meet the needs of children who have at least one parent in prison or who have been removed from their homes by social services and are in the foster care system.

Erika Linskey, Director of New Circle Mentoring

 “The goal of the New Circle Mentoring program is to increase the resilience and create the community connections our mentees need to overcome the obstacles they face to becoming emotionally and mentally healthy adults, and to support them continuously as they do so.”
– Erika Linskey, Program Director

The Walter Cerf Community Fund was established in 2001 as a permanent endowment to continue Mr. Cerf’s legacy of generosity in Addison County and beyond. The Fund makes grants to address charitable needs in Vermont, especially for the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services with a focus on grantmaking in Addison County and Brandon.

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