Doylestown (July 2, 2012) Vita Education Services has received a $5,000 grant through the United Way from the Bucks County Women’s Fund Initiative: Economic Self Sufficiency for Women. The grant will fund Vita’s Decisions for Living (DFL) program of one-on-one tutoring for incarcerated women at the Bucks County Correctional Facility (county jail) and the Community Corrections Center, a work release facility.
DFL is a course that has been offered by Vita in the criminal justice system for more than 40 years. For 29 years, court funding has partially supported the program. Due to significant budget reductions in the county, the court withdrew support of the program this year. “This grant will help us continue this important program,” said Vita’s Executive Director Linda Wolfson. “It is truly women helping other women, since it comes through the Women’s Fund Initiative.”
Vita also received a $10,000 grant from the United Way of Bucks County to provide English as a Second Language instruction to immigrants with limited English proficiency. This community investment grant is in the category of Self-Sufficiency with the goal of helping Bucks County residents overcome barriers to employment and/or obtain or improve upon essential job skills to secure stable employment at a living wage and get on the path to financial security.
Vita is a United Way of Bucks County agency. It is the lead literacy agency in Bucks County and the largest provider of educational services in the Bucks County Correctional Facilities. For more information, call 215-345-8322 or visit www.vitaeducation.org