Women and children fleeing from domestic or family violence can rest a little easier at the Phoenix House, thanks to a grant from Kankakee Valley REMC. The electric cooperative recently gave the shelter $3,115 to assist with security at the transitional home for women and children. Counseling and other support services are also offered.
Funds were awarded through Operation Roundup, which allows utility customers to round their electric bill up to the next dollar. Members contribute an average of $6 per year, according to REMC officials. Those funds are then distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout the REMC service area. To date the fund has given $937,000 back to community organizations, according to REMC officials.