Grant, fund-raiser support domestic violence victims

Verizon Wireless has donated $7,000 to Western Colorado programs assisting victims of domestic violence.

In addition, a Grand Junction restaurant has scheduled a New Year’s Eve event to raise money for the same program.

Verizon Wireless awarded a Hopeline grant to Hilltop Community Resources for its Latimer House program in Mesa County and Tri-County Resources program in Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties.

The Hopeline program collects used wireless telephones, batteries and accessories that are refurbished and resold. Proceeds go to nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

“This way we can help raise awareness about domestic violence and support the organizations which serve the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Chris Lewter, regional president of Verizon Wireless.

Karla Kitzman, program coordinator for Latimer House, said the grant will support services to those rebuilding their lives. “It will be used to provide family support groups for women and children who have been impacted by domestic violence.”

Meanwhile, the Ale House plans a New Year’s Eve fund-raiser for Latimer House. The event is set to begin at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at the restaurant, 2531 N. 12th St. Proceeds from the sale of reserved seating and specialty martinis as well as a silent auction will go to Latimer House. The Ale House hopes to raise $6,000 prior to New Year’s Eve from vendors and community supporters.

For more information about the Ale House fund-raiser, call 242-7253. For more information about Hilltop Community Resources and its programs, visit