FRAMINGHAM – In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Mary Kay Foundation announced it awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the country.
The Voices Against Violence Emergency Shelter has received a $20,000 unrestricted grant to support local survivors of domestic violence in greater Framingham This year’s grant contribution brings the Foundation’s total investment in its shelter grant program to $50 million.
The Mary Kay Foundation was established in 1996 with the overarching purpose of supporting issues impacting women.
In 2000, The Foundation expanded to include ending domestic violence as part of its mission. The Foundation is committed to funding the life-saving work of women’s shelters and the annual shelter grant program has helped finance critical needs including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and legal aid. All of these resources support women and children as they seek refuge and relief on their journey to an abuse-free life.
This year, more than 1,200 organizations applied for the Mary Kay Foundation shelter grants.
“At Mary Kay, we believe in helping women improve their circumstances and live their best lives. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and it is our responsibility to support the women’s shelters that aid these survivors,” said President of The Mary Kay Foundation Board of Directors Michael Lunceford. “At the heart of The Foundation’s work is the shelter grant program which is actively supported by our independent sales force. We’re proud that our commitment makes such a powerful impact in local communities and in the lives of domestic violence survivors across the country.”
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, more than 72,000 adult and child victims receive domestic violence services across the United States in just one day. Unfortunately, in the same period of time, more than 11,000 requests for services are unmet due to a lack of resources.
Voices Against Violence serves over 5,500 people in 14 cities and towns every year through their direct services and community engagement programs. “This support comes at a particularly challenging time,” said Voices Against Violence Director, Patricia Hohl. “The #MeToo movement has dramatically increased the number of survivors seeking help. We’ve had to provide over 35% more services and answer over 50% more hotline calls in the last year. The tight housing market has made it difficult for survivors at our shelter – who are there to escape the violence in their homes – to find affordable housing. This kind of support from the Mary Kay Foundation means we can sustain the level of service the community needs.”
Applications for the 2019 shelter grant program will be available in January 2019.
The Mary Kay Foundation was created in 1996 and its two-fold mission includes funding women’s cancer research and ending domestic violence. Over the course of more than two decades, The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded more than $78 million to women’s shelters and domestic violence service providers, as well as cancer research programs and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation and its mission, visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).
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Voices Against Violence Director Patricia Hohl (second from left) and members of her staff receive a check for $20,000 from Rhona George, senior sales director for Mary Kay (third from left).