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Faith-Based Organizations and Nonprofits in Montgomery County Receive Funding to Improve Safety | WDVM25 and DCW50

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) – Montgomery County is stepping up to help faith-based organizations and nonprofits at risk of committing hate crimes by providing $700,000 in grants to improve their safety.

Montgomery County is the only jurisdiction in the state that now provides funding to faith-based and nonprofit organizations to improve their security needs to protect against hate crimes.

“It’s important that people feel that going to a place of worship or going to a nonprofit doesn’t mean you’re putting your life at risk,” County Executive Marc Elrich said.

Faith leaders say they come in particular on the heels of the horrific hostage-taking at a synagogue in Texas, the recent vandalism at a mosque here in the community and acts of violence against Asian Americans across the country, ensuring security is their top priority.

“It confronts the trend evident in America today to inhibit self-radicalized hateful individuals who feel compelled to act violently against various groups in our society, which is a direct attack on our national values,” Ron said. Halber, executive director of the JCRC of Greater Washington.

The county also offers courses, training and police security assessments so organizations know how to respond to threats.

“Our congregation needs the support, the support systems that we can provide a wonderful and safe environment for our children,” said Dr. Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education.

County Executive Marc Elrich says this program will also be included in their next budget and will continue for years to come.