Two Central Illinois Agencies Merge Together

By WEEK Reporter

July 14, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 4:06 AM CDT

Pekin's House of Hope opened as a private shelter for battered women and children ten years ago.

The federally funded Center for Prevention of Abuse also assisted residents with counseling and support group services.

The merger will allow the streamlining of those efforts.

Martha Herm, Executive Director of the Center of Prevention and Abuse said, "We were really thrilled that the House of Hope trusted us to take over the hard work that they've done for the last ten or so years. They've done that strictly with local funding, they don't have any state or federal funding, which we do."

Herm says the collaboration will help streamline funding for services and ensure victims who need help will get it.

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