SafeHomes Receives $20,000 Grant From the Mary Kay Foundation
AUGUSTA, GA (October 1, 2013) – In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. SafeHomes in Augusta, GA received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
SafeHomes is a domestic violence intervention organization servicing ten counties in East Central Georgia. Last year alone, the organization served over 2000 women, men, and children. The Mary Kay Foundation grant will be used for to help the continuation the organization’s shelter programs and services which work to fulfill the mission of transforming victims of domestic violence into survivors.
“Our staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors are thrilled and honored to have been chosen to receive this generous grant from the Mary Kay Foundation,” said Aimee Hall, Executive Director. “October of 2013 marks our 30th year of sheltering women and their children. This grant will go a long way in helping us serve the growing needs of our ten-county service area.”
For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay Foundation 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.
“The Mary Kay Foundation 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 Foundation. “The shelter grants are a signature program for The Mary Kay Foundation and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.”
SafeHomes, Inc. is a local nonprofit organization committed to ending domestic violence. For over 30 years, the organization has diligently worked to fulfill its mission of transforming domestic violence into survivors. Servicing ten counties in East Central Georgia, SafeHomes impacts the lives of more than 1500 individuals and their families in the region each year. Along with focused programs of directed services for women, men, and children, SafeHomes operates its 16-bed emergency shelter, while offering essential aid to non-residential victims of violence as well. All services, including the 24-hour crisis line, are free and confidential in the hopes of breaking the cycle of violence.
About the Mary Kay Foundation
The Mary Kay Foundation 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 $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 Foundation, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).