Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has announced a gift of $20 million from the Wexner Family Charitable Fund in support of the Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH) at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
TCFSH was established through the 2011 merger of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's and the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence. Abigail Wexner, the founder of the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, is board chair of TCFSH and has been the driving force behind changing how the community responds to family violence. "Our family's hope is that TCFSH will continue to have a long-lasting and positive impact for children and families who are the victims of violence," said Wexner. "This gift is intended to provide needed funding, helping further growth of the center's endowment, while inspiring others to support the many outstanding resources that have been poured into the goal of education, prevention, and treatment. So long as there is a need for these types of services and programs, TCFSH will continue to be a resource for the central Ohio community."
The combination of the two entities enabled the organizations to form one integrated team with the goal of breaking the cycle of family violence. The multidisciplinary team approach includes a coordinated response to family violence for individuals and families in one location, which is made possible through partnerships with law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and a range of community resources, as well as an expanded forum for education, advocacy, and ongoing research.
"The Center for Family Safety and Healing has established itself as an integral part of the central Ohio community, helping countless individuals and families cope with difficult circumstances," said Nationwide Children's CEO Steve Allen. "Abigail Wexner had a visionary plan when she proposed the creation of TCFSH. The center has made a transformational impact and this is a testament to Abigail's vision and the Wexner family’s dedication to this need. We at Nationwide Children’s are gratified for their innovation and unwavering generosity."