Mission is receiving $143,860 in proceeds from the civil forfeiture office (CFO) to support the prevention of violence against women and youth crime prevention initiatives.
Three local groups will be receiving the money.
The Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley (Warm Zone) will get the majority of the funding ($100,000). It will go towards expanding its services and buying a van to help with reaching vulnerable women in the community.
Mission Community Services Society is slated to receive $25,000 to help prevent sexual exploitation and the human trafficking of Aboriginal women and girls through early intervention.
The District of Mission’s parks and recreation department will get the final $18,860 for its Mission Possible program. It engages at-risk youth in pro-social activities, including skill enhancement, cooking classes, resume building, and career exploration.
The CFO is self-funding and proceeds of forfeited property are used to compensate victims and support local crime prevention and remediation efforts through the use of grants.