Family Justice Center receives $55,000 to Fund Camp HOPE

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Family Justice Center has received a $30,000 grant from Verizon and a $25,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation to fund their inaugural Kids’ Hope initiative. This money will go towards funding the first year of Camp HOPE America in OKC this July.

Camp HOPE America is an evidence-based, multi-agency camping and mentoring program for children who have witnessed domestic violence. Camp HOPE OKC operates under the leadership of Camp Hope America, which has over a dozen locations across five states.

“Our goal is to help break the generational cycle of domestic abuse. At Camp HOPE America in OKC , we plan to provide kids with a safe, fun environment so they can just be kids and learn they are not alone in the hardships they face,” said Kim Garrett, OKC Family Justice Center Project Director.

“We want to walk alongside these children to demonstrate our commitment to supporting them long after camp is over with tools to combat their fears, build their confidence and begin the process of healing. Current evidence suggests children exposed to domestic violence are at a greater risk for depression, social isolation, physical and psychological aggressions, and propensity to perpetuate the cycle of domestic violence.

“We want to thank our partners and their generous gifts to make this camp possible and support this incredible vision to break the generational cycle of family violence one child at a time,” Garrett concluded.

Camp HOPE America in OKC will be held at the YMCA CAMP CLASSEN in Davis, Okla., from July 24-30.

Oklahoma City Family Justice Center

The Oklahoma City Family Justice Center consists of a multidisciplinary team working together to co-locate services for families affected by domestic violence in order to create safer families and communities in Oklahoma City. For more information, please contact Kim Garrett at [email protected].