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Funding Provides Critical Services and Resources for Nearly 400,000 Women and Children
Seeking Safety from Abuse

DALLAS (Sept. 22, 2014) – While domestic violence has experienced a recent boost in awareness, shelters around the country are struggling to overcome funding gaps which directly affect their ability to provide resources for women and children fleeing abuse.

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, Puerto Rico and Guam. Each shelter will receive a $20,000 grant to maintain critical services and programs.

“It’s been a bigger challenge than ever for shelters to keep their doors open and grants from The Mary Kay FoundationSM are a vital part in helping shelters move forward in their missions,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “We have witnessed significant progress in raising awareness that domestic violence is an unacceptable crime but there is much more work to be done. These grants are a signature program for us and we know the nearly 400,000 women and children served by the 150 shelters receiving our funding will have their lives changed for the better and join The Mary Kay Foundation in changing the dialogue surrounding abuse for generations to come.”

While more than half of the grant recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses including utilities and meal preparation, others hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add additional programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve.

The Domestic Violence Project in Ann Arbor, Mich. is using their grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM to increase language services provided by their helpline. In New York, the Urban Resource Institute will be able to offer computer training as part of their expanded working internship program. Clients of the Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center will now have a storefront to shop for free clothing to replace items they left behind when leaving their abusers. Iva’s Place in Lenoir City, Tenn., just 30 miles southwest of Knoxville, is using their funding to conduct healthy relationship workshops for high school students in hopes of ending the cycle of abuse before it starts. In St. Louis, an overnight advocate will be hired at St. Martha’s Hall to assist with the intake and care of clients. More prevention efforts are underway in Northern California at the Westside Domestic Violence Shelter in Orland where a self-defense class will be taught.

“There is never going to be enough money to address the full needs of shelters and their programs,” said Crews who, as a long-time advocate against abuse, is the Mary Kay liaison to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence and serves as president of the board of directors for the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. “It’s up to all of us to volunteer or get involved with nonprofits focused on the issue.”

For 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, $37 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, Puerto Rico and Guam with remaining grants distributed based on state population. Nearly 700 shelters applied for funding this year.

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 $37 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $22 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 2014 Shelter Grant Recipients:

Shelter Name
Abused Women's Aid In Crisis, Inc.
  Anchorage, AK
Safeplace, Inc.
  Florence, AL
Selma and Blackbelt Regional Abuse Sanctuary, Inc.
  Selma, AL
Sanctuary, Inc.
  Harrison, AR
White County Domestic Violence Prevention Inc.
  Searcy, AR
Against Abuse, Inc.
  Casa Grande, AZ
Time Out, Inc.
  Payson, AZ
Tucson Centers for Women & Children dba Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  Tucson, AZ
Alliance for Community Transformation
  Mariposa, CA
Center for Domestic Peace
  San Rafael, CA
Central California Family Crisis Center, Inc.
  Porterville, CA
Community Resource Center
  Encinita, CA
Desert Sanctuary, Inc.
  Barstow, CA
Kings Community Action Organization
  Hanford, CA
My Sister's House
  Sacramento, CA
Operation Care
  Jackson, CA
Rural Human Services' Harrington House
  Crescent City, CA
Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments
  Fremont, CA
Westside Domestic Violence Shelter
  Orland, CA
YWCA of San Gabriel Valley
  Covina, CO
Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center
  Castle Rock, CO
YWCA of Pueblo
  Pueblo, CO
Women's Center of Greater Danbury, Inc.
  Danbury, CT
Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (DC SAFE)
  Washington, DC
People's Place II, Inc. : Abriendo Puertas
  Milford, DE
Help Now of Osceola, Inc.
  Kissimmee, FL
Lee Conlee House, Inc.
  Palatka, FL
Micah's Place, Inc.
  Fernandina Beach, FL
Peace River Center Victim Services a Division of Peace River Center for Personal Development, Inc.
  Lakeland, FL
Quigley House, Inc.
  Orange Park, FL
SafeSpace Inc.
  Stuart, FL
Seminole County Victims' Rights Coalition Inc., dba SafeHouse
  Lake Monroe, FL
Shelter House Inc.
  Fort Walton Beach, FL
Sunrise of Pasco County, Inc.
  Dade City, FL
Camden Community Crisis Center, dba Camden House
  St. Mary's, GA
Fayette County Council on Domestic Violence
  Fayetteville, GA
Hospitality House for Women, Inc.
  Rome, GA
YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Inc.
  Marietta, GA
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Agana DBA Catholic Social Services
  Barrigada, Guam
Women Helping Women
  Wailuku, HI
ACCESS (Assult Care Center Extending Shelter and Support)
  Ames, IA
Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence
  Sioux City, IA
YWCA of Lewiston
  Lewiston, ID
Connections for Abused Women and their Children
  Chicago, IL
Kankakee County Coalition Against Domestic Violence/Harbor House
  Kankakee, IL
Mid Central Commnity Action, Inc.'s Countering Domestic Violence - Neville House Shelter
  Bloomington, IL
Remedies Renewing Lives
  Rockford, IL
South Suburban Family Shelter
  Homewood, IL
Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois
  Belleville, IL
YWCA of the Sauk Valley
  Sterling, IL
Haven House Inc.
  Hammond, IN
Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse, Inc. dba The Beaman Home
  Warsaw, IN
YWCA of Richmond
  Richmond, IN
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center
  Hutchinson, KS
YWCA Wichita
  Wichita, KS
Domestic Violence Emergency Services of Gateway
  Morehead, KY
SpringHaven, Inc. Domestic Violence Program
  Elizabethtown, KY
New Orleans Family Justice Alliance
  New Orleans, LA
Safe Harbor
  Mandeville, LA
Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc.
  Pittsfield, MA
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc.
  Waltham, MA
The Elizabeth Stone House
  Jamaica Plain, MA
Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Resource Center, Inc. (AKA The DOVE Center)
  Oakland, MD
HopeWorks of Howard County, Inc.
  Columbia, MD
YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundy County
  Arnold, MD
Caring Unlimited Corp.
  Sanford, ME
Baraga County Shelter Home Inc.
  L'Anse, MI
Domestic Violence Project, Inc. dba Safehousecenter
  Ann Arbor, MI
  Lansing, MI
Relief After Violent Encounter, Inc. dba SafeCenter
  St. Johns, MI
Underground Railroad, Inc.
  Saginaw, MI
360 Communities
  Burnville, MN
Central NM Task Force on Battered Women (dba Anna Marie's Alliance)
  St. Cloud, MN
Mid-Minnesota Womens Center Inc.
  Brainerd, MN
Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Services, Inc.
  Jefferson City, MO
St. Martha's Hall
  St. Louis, MO
The Crisis Center of Taney County, Inc.
  Branson, MO
YWCA St. Joseph
  St. Joseph, MO
Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence
  Biloxi, MS
Safe Haven, Inc.
  Columbus, MS
Women's Resource/Community Support Center
  Dillon, MT
Carteret County Domestic Violence Program, Inc.
  Morehead City, NC
Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center of Scotland County
  Laurinburg, NC
Esther House of Stanly County, Inc.
  Albemarle, NC
Ruth's House Inc.
  Washington, NC
Community Violence Intervention Center
  Grand Forks, ND
Bright Horizons Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  Norfolk, NE
Turning Points Network
  Claremont, NH
180 Turning Lives Around
  Hazlet, NJ
Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc.
  Morristown, NJ
WomenRising, Inc.
  Jersey City, NJ
Haven House, Inc.
  Rio Rancho, NM
Elko Committee Against Domestic Violence dba Harbor House
  Elko, NV
Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, Inc.
  Winnenucca, NV
A New Hope Center, Inc.
  Owego, NY
Hopes Door Inc.
  Pleasantville, NY
Korean American Family Service Center
  Flushing, NY
Oswego County Opportunities Inc. - SAF (Services to Aid Families) House
  Oswego, NY
Rise (dba of SOS Shelter, Inc.)
  Endicott, NY
Safe Horizon
  New York, NY
Urban Resource Institute
  New York, NY
Victim Resource Center of Finger Lakes, Inc.
  Newark, NY
Family and Community Services Inc, DBA Someplace Safe
  Ravenna, OH
Family Violence Prevention Center of Green Count, Inc.
  Xenia, OH
Franciscan Shelters dba Bethany House
  Toledo, OH
Lorin County Safe Harbor (DBA Genesis House)
  Lorain, OH
The Center for New Beginnings Shelter and Services
  Newark, OH
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati
  Cincinnati, OH
Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center
  Lawton, OK
Stillwater Domestic Violence Services dba Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services
  Stillwater, OK
Family Crisis Shelter & Services for Yamhill County, Inc. dba Henderson House
  McMinnville, OR
Women's Crisis Support Team
  Grants Pass, OR
Clinton County Women's Center, Inc.
  Lock Haven, PA
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County
  West Chester, PA
HAVIN (Helping All Victims in Need)
  Kittanning, PA
Huntingdon House
  Huntingdon, PA
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Inc.
  Allentown, PA
Women's Resource Center, Inc.
  Scranton, PA
Hogar Ruth, Inc.
  Vega Alta, PR
Women's Center of Rhode Island
  Providence, RI
My Sister's House, Inc.
  North Charleston, SC
Sistercare, Inc.
  Columbia, SC
Safe Harbor
  Aberdeen, SD
Bridges of Williamson County dba Bridges Domestic Violence Center
  Franklin, TN
Iva's Place, Inc. (dba Crisis Center for Women - IVAS)
  Lenoir City, TN
Morning Star Sanctuary, Inc.
  Madison, TN
Abigail's Arms, Cooke County Family Crisis Center
  Gainesville, TX
Bay Area Turning Point, Inc.
  Houston, TX
Casa de Misericordia
  Laredo, TX
Family Shelter of McCulloch County, Inc.
  Brady, TX
Family Support Services
  Amarillo, TX
Safe-T (Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc.)
  Mount Pleasant, TX
Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, Inc.
  Plano, TX
The Family Violence Center of Comal County dba Crisis Center of Comal County
  New Braunfels, TX
The Resource and Crisis Center (RCC) of Galveston County
  Galveston, TX
The Salvation Army DFW Metrolplex Command for Carr P. Collins Social Services Center Domestic Violence Shelter
  Dallas, TX
Canyon Creek Womens's Crisis Center
  Cedar City, UT
Peace House, Inc.
  Park City, UT
The Genieve Shelter
  Suffolk, VA
The Haven Shelter and Services, Inc.
  Warsaw, VA
Women's Coalition of St. Croix
  Christiansted, VI
Lamoille Women's Crisis Home Inc. (dba Clarina Howards Nichols Center)
  Morrisville, VT
Dove House Advocacy Services
  Port Townsend, WA
LifeWire (formerly Eastide Domestic Violence Program)
  Bellevue, WA
YWCA of Spokane
  Spokane, WA
Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.
  Neenah, WI
Milwaukee Women's Center, a division of Community Advocates, Inc.
  Milwaukee, WI
The Bridge to Hope
  Menomonie, WI
The Family Refuge Center
  Lewisburg, WV
SAFE Project
  Laramie, WY

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