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Giving Tuesday helps Indianapolis domestic violence survivors, education

Posted at 8:29 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 20:30:00-05

INDIANAPOLIS — A local domestic violence shelter says the donations collected on Giving Tuesday could save a life.

The Julian Center says they are hoping to raise $11,000 on Tuesday, because that's how much it costs to keep to center open per day.

For domestic violence survivors like Yvette Smith, the Julian Center was there to help them when they needed it.

"I was at the lowest point of my life," Smith said. "My self-esteem was down to zero."

When she decided to leave her then boyfriend, she lived in her car with her daughter for two weeks. One morning, she saw a sign for the Julian Center—a sign she says, changed her life.

"The lights went on and I said I am going to call that number," Smith said. "I am a survivor because of them."

Catherine Connor, CEO of the center, says you are helping survivors change their lives for the better when you donate.

"You're giving the gift of independence," Connor said.

Donations help cover costs for things like food, travel when needed and counseling.

If you would like to donate to the Julian Center, you can visit their social media sites.

Also on Giving Tuesday, The PNC Bank Foundation is giving $100,000 to the Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Public Library, Edna Martin Christian Center and Teachers Treasures, to boost educational opportunities for Indianapolis pre-schoolers.

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