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PSO, AEP Foundation Announce Joint Grants Totaling $100,000 to Family Safety Center
TULSA, Okla. (November 10, 2022) – Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and the American Electric Power Foundation announced joint grants totaling $100,000 to Family Safety Center (FSC) on Thursday. The grants will be a lead investment to construct a new $27 million, 65,000-square-foot FSC facility serving Tulsa County.
Groundbreaking for the facility at 28th Street and Sheridan Road is planned for this winter or spring.
The Family Safety Center facility will bring additional investigators, attorneys, medical personnel, tribal services, and case managers to local victims of intimate and domestic violence. It also will feature a courtroom to host protective order hearings in a safe, secure environment. Some 30,000 people a year are expected to use the facility, enhancing safety, increasing hope, and reducing violence.
“PSO recognizes the critical mission of Family Safety Center and is proud to join with the AEP Foundation in supporting this important project,” said PSO President and Chief Operating Officer Leigh Anne Strahler. “These grants will not only build a new facility, but also hope for the victims of domestic violence and a greater sense of security for our community.”
The funding includes a $50,000 grant from the AEP Foundation and a $50,000 grant from PSO through the Tulsa Community Foundation.
Suzann Stewart, executive director of Family Safety Center said: “Family Safety Center’s mission concludes with these words, ‘One hope, one place, where family comes first.’ These grants from PSO and the AEP Foundation will be incredibly important in making that vision a reality for Tulsa County’s victims of domestic violence. We thank PSO and the AEP Foundation for their vision and their generosity.”
About the AEP Foundation
The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) and its operating subsidiaries. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.
The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math; by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger; and championing social and racial justice. Other Foundation support may be offered to protect the environment, promote healthcare and safety, and enrich life through art, music and cultural heritage.
PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 568,000 customer accounts in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and 232 communities. Based in Tulsa, PSO has approximately 3,800 megawatts of diverse generating capacity that primarily includes wind and natural gas. It maintains and operates more than 24,000 miles of distribution lines and 3,700 miles of transmission lines and is one of the largest distributors of wind energy in the state. Find news releases and other information at www.PSOklahoma.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, NextDoor and Instagram @PSOklahoma.
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