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New Friends New Life awarded $150,000 grant for women’s program

Three other nonprofits receive $50,000 grants

Tori Hobbs
From left, Tori Hobbs​, ​Mosaic Family Services ​executive director​; Murriel Webb​,​Braswell Child Development Services director; Bianca Davis​, ​​New Friends New Life chief executive; Dr. Kelly Varga​, ​Community Basket Mobile Farmers Market ​executive director​(Kim Leeson)

By Eric Zarate

The Dallas Foundation awarded a total $300,000 to four nonprofits Dec. 13 through its Mary J. Jalonik Women’s Philanthropy Institute, with a $150,000 going to New Friends New Life and $50,000 grants each toBraswell Child Development Center, Community Basket Mobile Farmers Market and Mosaic Family Services.

The grant to Dallas-based New Friends New Life will provide basic needs, counseling and economic empowerment resources to 240 Women’s Program members.

“New Friends New Life helps women and their children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction and poverty by creating opportunities and healing services for them,” chief executive Matthew Randazzo said. “This embodies everything the Women’s Philanthropy Institute stands for.”

A foundation statement adds that the philanthropy group, which typically visits four to five nonprofits in the Dallas-area each year, has awarded almost $1 million in grants since 2012.

“This impactful grant will help these brave survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation overcome the trauma and roadblocks of their past and achieve their dreams,” New Friends New Life executive director Bianca Davis said.

“We are ecstatic to be recipients of the lead grant from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute of The Dallas Foundation,” said Bianca Davis, Executive Director of New Friends New Life.

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