Children of domestic violence survivors will benefit from a $10,000 donation made by the Verizon Foundation to Turning Point, a Mount Clemens-based organization that assists those who are affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness across Macomb County.

The grant will fund a summer camp for approximately 35 children, who are temporarily living in the organization’s shelter with their mothers, by providing staff support and activities for daily recreation and field trips.

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“Domestic violence affects a child’s ability to feel safe, to trust adults and their community, to have peaceful interactions with others and to have a positive perception of themselves,” said Suzanne Coats, CEO of Turning Point. “Summer camp offers children coping skills, information to increase their safety, and a way to connect with each other and their community.”

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Added John Grnaby, president of the Michigan-Indiana-Kentucky Region of Verizon Wireless: “Turning Point’s summer camp program serves such an important need among families who have been affected by domestic violence. “It gives children — the youngest victims of domestic violence — the opportunity to just be kids and enjoy the summer, while experiencing new adventures in a safe and trusting environment.”

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The Verizon Foundation uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000. For more information on the Verizon Foundation, visit