PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A local organization that helps victims of domestic violence get back on their feet received a big boost Wednesday from the New England Patriots.
The $50,000 matching gift brings the team’s total donation to $100,000 to support the Sojourner House‘s transitional housing program.
The first half of the gift was presented this past fall with a pledge to match up to $50,000 for any funds raised through the end of April. With the support of donors, Sojourner House did that and more, raising $56,000.
The money will be used to help the agency acquire three additional transitional housing apartments and hire another case manager to provide specialized support services for each of its clients.
NFL Hall-of-Famer and former Patriots linebacker Andre Tippett was on hand Wednesday to present the donation.
“It’s not only the importance of providing a building or hiding place or a place where someone can seek refuge, it’s great that you can educate the community,” Tippett said.
Sojourner House says it currently has a waiting list of at least 20 families and the donation will go a long way to getting them into transitional housing.