Baltimore KRA Community Care Campaign

As part of its Sixth Annual Community Care Campaign (CCC), in October—which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month—KRA Corporation donated $2,500  to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support their mission.  Also, KRA programs raised another $5,000 that was donated, in cash and/or goods, to local advocate-agencies and shelters that provide direct support services to victims of domestic abuse.

KRA/Baltimore, funded by the Department of Social Services, formed a partnership with the House of Ruth to create a permanent bond that supports their mission beyond the CCC.

One aspect of the partnership offers targeted Work Participation, Placement, and Support Services for residents who are enrolled in the KRA/Baltimore program, and were forced from the work environment due to domestic violence.  In addition to work-readiness counseling, staff will be organizing annual Resume Development Workshops and Job Fairs for these special-population customers.

A related component of the partnership involves collecting and donating professional clothing and accessories for customer-residents, to ensure that each is properly attired when job-interview opportunities arise.

A third, really critical aspect is knowledge-development, to be accomplished through House of Ruth representatives regularly discussing the warning signs of domestic abuse with KRA/Baltimore staff and customers.