H.O.P.E. Team Named a Mutual of America 2013 Community Partnership Award Winner San Diego Nonprofit Organization Helps Address Growing Issue of Elder Abuse.

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Help and Outreach to Protect the Elderly Team (HOPE Team) was named a Merit Finalist in the 2013 Community Partnership Award competition.

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In 2009, HOPE Team was created as a partnership between the San Diego County District Attorney's Office and Center for Community Solutions (CCS) to bring justice and awareness to the growing issue of elder abuse. Since its founding in 1969, CCS has been a leading advocate in the battle to end relationship and sexual violence.

Staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes legal, law enforcement and social services professionals, each year HOPE Team provides client-centered legal and advocacy services to more than 250 victims of elder abuse.

"Elder abuse often happens in silence and continues as long as the issue is hidden," said Verna Griffin-Tabor, Chief Executive Officer of CCS. "The services HOPE Team provides are uniquely holistic, empowering and specifically designed to give elders a voice in clarifying and attaining their goals so that they can once again live with dignity and respect."

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 180 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa.

"All of the 2013 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.

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