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Donations Support 150 Women’s Shelters in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

DALLAS (Sept. 19, 2013) – In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM is awarding $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each shelter will receive a $20,000 unrestricted grant to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.

While more than half of the grant recipients use the funds for basic operating expenses, others are working to hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add additional programs and resources based on the needs of their shelter.

“The Mary Kay FoundationSM is proud to support local shelters that are on the front lines of helping the thousands of women and children who seek shelter and support from abuse,” said Anne Crews, Vice President of Government Relations for Mary Kay Inc. and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “The Foundation grants are a signature program for us and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.”

Earlier this year Mary Kay Inc. released the 2013 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey which took an in-depth look at domestic violence through the perspective of more than 800 executive directors at women’s shelters across the country. The survey revealed that the cycle of violence is continuing in Generation Y as young women who were in shelters as children are now seeking protection from domestic violence situations as adults.

Some of the grants in the 2013 funding cycle are addressing these findings by working to end the cycle of abuse from one generation to the next.

S.H.A.R.E. House in Douglasville, Ga. is expanding their youth program to address behavioral and trauma issues seen in male children exposed to domestic violence. A Safe Place in Oakland, Ca. will use their grant from the Mary Kay FoundationSM to enhance a public education campaign targeting the trend of domestic violence and abuse among youngsters in Alameda County. The Communication Action Program in Lancaster, Pa. and Safe Journey in Union City, Pa. are working to expand their youth services with the addition of child advocates to help children cope with the effects of domestic violence. Safe Journey is also upgrading the children’s playroom to give their young clients a place to heal.

Additionally, the survey reported that many women are staying in shelters for longer periods of time because of limited access to resources, preventing other women from receiving needed assistance. As fewer women are able to seek shelter, more women are staying in or going back to violent and dangerous situations.

“Many of the shelters had to turn away women and children, and this is why it is so important for organizations and companies to supply critical funds to women’s shelters,” said Crews. “Shelters need funding to not only house women and children who are in need, but also offer programs that help prevent abuse.”

For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay FoundationSM has supported the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, an epidemic that touches one in every four women in her lifetime. Through the Foundation’s annual shelter grant program, $34 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations since 2000. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Remaining grants are distributed based on state population.

About The Mary Kay Foundationsm
The Mary Kay Foundationsm was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $34 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $20 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundationsm, visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

Our 2013 Shelter Grant Recipients:

Shelter Name
Cordova Family Resource Center
  Cordova, AK
Crisis Service of North Alabama, Inc.
  Huntsville, AL
Penelope House Family Violence Center, Inc
  Mobile, AL
Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.
  Fort Smith, AR
Turning Point of South Arkansas
  El Dorado, AR
A New Leaf
  Mesa, AZ
Ama Doo Alchini Bighan, Inc.
  Chinle, AZ
Northland Family Help Center
  Flagstaff, AZ
A Safe Place
  Oakland, CA
Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
  Bakersfield, CA
Catalyst Domestic Violence Services
  Chico, CA
Center for a Non Violent Community
  Sonora, CA
Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley
  Newhall, CA
Emmaus House
  Hollister, CA
Family Assistance Program
  Victorville, CA
Lake Family Resource Center
  Kelseyville, CA
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
  San Jose, CA
Shelter From The Storm, Inc.
  Palm Desert, CA
WomanHaven, Inc.
  El Centro, CA
Crossroads Safehouse
  Fort Collins, CO
Hilltop Community Resources' Latimer House
  Grand Junction, CO
Bhcare Inc.
  Ansonia, CT
Interval House, Inc.
  Hartford, CT
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  Washington, DC
  Wilmington, DE
Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc.
  Marathon Shores, FL
FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, Inc.
  Pensacola, FL
Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties, Inc.
  Leesburg, FL
Peaceful Paths, Inc.
  Gainesville, FL
Refuge House, Inc.
  Tallahassee, FL
Religious Community Services, Inc.
  Clearwater, FL
Safety Shelter of St Johns County dba Betty Griffin House
  St. Augustine, FL
Salvare Inc., dba Dawn Center of Hernando County
  Spring Hill, FL
The Salvation Army Brevard County Domestic Violence Program
  Cocoa, FL
S.H.A.R.E. House, Inc.
  Douglasville, GA
SafeHomes of Augusta, Inc.
  Augusta, GA
Tifton Judicial Circuit Shelter, Inc. dba Ruth's Cottage
  Tifton, GA
Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence
  Decatur, GA
YWCA of Kaua'i
  Lihue, HI
Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault
  Spencer, IA
Crisis Center & Women's Shelter
  Ottumwa, IA
ROSE Advocates, Inc.
  Weiser, ID
Freedom House
  Princeton, IL
Hope of East Central Illinois
  Charleston, IL
Mutual Ground, Inc.
  Aurora, IL
Neopolitan Lighthouse
  Chicago, IL
Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse, Inc.
  Quincy, IL
Turning Point, Inc.
  Woodstock, IL
YWCA Evanston/North Shore (shelter - Mary Lou's Place)
  Evanston, IL
Columbus Regional Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc. (dba/Turning Point Domestic Violence Services)
  Columbus, IN
Prisoner & Community Together, Inc. dba Hoosier Hills PACT
  Salem, IN
St. Jude House, Inc.
  Crown Point, IN
Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services, Inc.
  Liberal, KS
Willow Domestic Violence Shelter
  Lawrence, KS
Christian Appalachian Project, Inc. (Sandy Valley Abuse Center)
  Hagerville, KY
The Center for Women and Families, Inc.
  Louisville, KY
Faith House, Inc.
  Lafayette, LA
The Providence House
  Shreveport, LA
South Middlesex Opportunity Council/Voices Against Violence/Haven Shelter
  Framingham, MA
Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
  Roxbury, MA
  Holyoke, MA
Family Crisis Resource Center, Inc.
  Cumberland, MD
The House of Ruth Maryland
  Baltimore, MD
The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center, Inc.
  Bel Air, MD
Walden Sierra
  Charlotte Hall, MD
Hope and Justice Project, Inc.
  Presque Isle, ME
Caring House
  Iron Mountain, MI
Hillsdale County Task Force on Family Violence
  Hillsdale, MI
  Howell, MI
Shelter, Inc.
  Alpena, MI
Women's Information Services, Inc. (WISE)
  Big Rapids, MI
Cornerstone Advocacy Servuce
  Bloomington, MN
Sojourner Project, Inc.
  Hopkins, MN
Women's Shelter, Inc.
  Rochester, MN
Bridgeway Behavioral Health
  Troy, MO
Christian County Family Crisis Center
  Ozark, MO
Hope Haven of Cass County, Inc.
  Harrisonville, MO
Lydia's House
  St. Louis, MO
Catholic Charities, Inc. Guardian Shelter for Battered Families
  Jackson, MS
Shelter and Assistance in Family Emergencies, Inc. (S.A.F.E., Inc.)
  Tupelo, MS
Violence Free Crisis Line, Inc.
  Kalispell, MT
Helpmate, Inc.
  Asheville, NC
Onslow Women's Center, Inc.
  Jacksonville, NC
REACH of Cherokee County, Inc.
  Murphy, NC
Turning Point, Inc.
  Monroe, NC
Abused Adult Resource Center
  Bismarck, ND
Sandhills Crisis Intervention Program, Inc. (SCIP)
  Ogallala, NE
New Beginnings-Without Violence & Abuse
  Laconia, NH
Catholic Charities' Providence House Domestic Violence Services (Ocean County)
  Whiting, NJ
Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center
  Washington, NJ
Women Aware
  New Brunswick, NJ
Grammy's House Artesia Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc.
  Artesia, NM
Family Support Council of Douglas County
  Gardenerville, NV
The Shade Tree, Inc.
  Las Vegas, NV
Alternatives for Battered Women
  Rochester, NY
DVRC of Saratoga County
  Saratoga Springs, NY
Family & Children's Services of Niagara, Inc.
  Niagara Falls, NY
Liberty Resources, Inc.
  Oneida, NY
New York Asian Women's Center
  New York, NY
Safe Homes of Orange County
  Newburgh, NY
The Retreat Inc.
  Riverhead, NY
YWCA of Niagara, Inc.
  Lockport, NY
A Friend's House
  London, OH
Domestic Violence Project, Inc.
  Canton, OH
Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force
  Ironton, OH
Pike County Partnership Against Domestic Violence
  Waverly, OH
Tri-County Center
  St. Clairsville, OH
YWCA of Northwestern Ohio Battered Women's Shelter
  Toledo, OH
Domestic Violence Intervention Services
  Tulsa, OK
Help-In-Crisis, Inc.
  Tahlequah, OK
Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV)
  Corvallis, OR
Shelter From the Storm
  La Grande, OR
Communication Action Program of Lancaster County - DVS
  Lancaster, PA
Safe Journey (formerly Safe Horizons, Services for Women, Inc.
  Union City, PA
Safenet Domestic Violence Safety Network
  Erie, PA
Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWiC)
  Pottsville, PA
Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition
  Lewisburg, PA
Victim Outeach Intervention Center, Inc (VOICe)
  Butler, PA
Hogar Nueva Mujer Santa Maria de la Merced, Inc.
  Cayey, PR
Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center (EBC Center)
  Warwick, RI
Laurens Country SAFE Home
  Clinton, SC
  Pickens, SC
Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center
  Pierre, SD
Abuse Alternatives, Inc.
  Bristol, TN
Domestic Violence Program, Inc.
  Murfreesboro, TN
SafeSpace Inc.
  Sevierville, TN
Hays Caldwell Women's Center
  San Marcos, TX
Hope Alliance
  Round Rock, TX
Janelle Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas
  Lufkin, TX
Kendall County Women's Shelter
  Boerne, TX
New Beginnings Center, Inc.
  Garland, TX
Noah Project, Inc.
  Abiline, TX
North Channel Coalition
  Channelview, TX
Odessa Rape Crisis Center
  Odessa, TX
Wintergarden Women's Shelter, Inc.
  Carrizo Springs, TX
Wise County Domestic Violence Task Force dba Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center
  Decatur, TX
Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse, Inc.
  Logan, UT
New Horizons Crisis Center
  Richfield, UT
The Laurel Center Intervention for Domestic and Sexual Violence
  Winchester, VA
YWCA of Central Virginia
  Lynchburg, VA
The Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter
  Rutland, VT
Family Renewal Shelter
  Tacoma, WA
Womencare Shelter
  Bellingham, WA
YWCA Yakima
  Yakima, WA
Advocates of Ozaukee
  Saukville, WI
Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor Center
  Beloit, WI
CAP Services, Inc.
  Stevens Point, WI
Young Women's Christian Association
  Wheeling, WV
Safehouse Services, Inc.
  Cheyenne, WY
YWCA of Sweetwater County
  Rock Springs, WY

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