Safe Havens Receives $100,000 from The Cummings Foundation!


Grant to Expand Safe Havens' SAFE WITH FAITH Program

BOSTON, MASS. (June 14, 2016) - Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a total of 479 applicants, during a competitive review process.


Entering its 25th year, Safe Havens is an interfaith organization that promotes hope and justice for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse.



Representing Safe Havens, Anne Marie Hunter, Director and Tami Lewis, Board Chair, joined approximately 300 other guests at a June 9 reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $140 million to local nonprofits alone.


“We are so grateful for this opportunity,” said Safe Havens Director Anne Marie Hunter. “Receiving this grant allows us to continue important work here in the Greater Boston community, and will open a new chapter. What a great way to begin Safe Havens' 25th Anniversary year.”



Safe Havens will use the grant to build out the SAFE WITH FAITH program (SwF). Safe with Faith provides outreach, training, and partnership-building in diverse congregations in Suffolk, Essex, and Middlesex Counties. Launched in 2014, SwF improves the capacity of these congregations to respond safely and effectively to domestic violence and elder abuse. SwF recruits and trains volunteers who act as liaisons between Safe Havens and their own congregations. By building an ongoing relationship with Safe Havens, SwF congregations are kept abreast of new research and resources, participate in training and networking, and develop partnerships with local domestic violence advocates.  SwF will ultimately create strengthened and coordinated networks of support for survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse.


The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in, but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 41 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.


Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.


“We admire and very much appreciate the important work that nonprofit organizations like Safe Havens are doing in the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director. “We are delighted to support their efforts.”


This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including education, homelessness prevention, elder services, healthcare, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.


The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at


About Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse:

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016, Safe Havens was founded to engage faith leaders (lay and clergy) and congregations in addressing domestic violence and elder abuse and to help build bridges between domestic violence advocates and faith communities. Initially focusing on raising awareness about domestic abuse, Safe Havens developed a series of trainings that became increasingly comprehensive and strategic.  By strengthening the capacity of faith leaders and service providers to collaborate in their response to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, access to safety and services is increased.  Currently, Safe Havens works locally in Greater Boston and nationally as Technical Assistance Providers for the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice. For more information, please visit Safe Havens’ website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About Cummings Foundation:

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidies, including two New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its single largest commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at


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