In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Mary Kay Foundation announced in October $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the country.
Refuge House has received a $20,000 unrestricted grant to support local survivors of domestic violence in the Big Bend region. This year’s grant contribution brings the Foundation’s total investment in its shelter 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 in 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 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 lack of resources.
Fadrien Sutton, local Mary Kay Foundation Ambassador and Independent Beauty Consultant, recently visited Refuge House to meet with staff and make the official check presentation. “I’m excited to see the work the Mary Kay Foundation does all across the country, impacting the lives of local women and children in Tallahassee and across the Big Bend,” said Sutton.
Every year, Refuge House serves over 6,000 people across the eight counties of the Big Bend who are affected by domestic violence or sexual assault. Refuge House provides emergency shelter services to women, children and men needing safety and support because of violence from abusive partners, at two shelter locations. Survivors have 24-hour face-to-face access to advocates who assist with crisis counseling, basic needs, transition for children, connection to community resources and continual emotional support.
“The Mary Kay Foundation is a great ally to domestic violence shelters across the country,” said Meg Baldwin, Refuge House Executive Director. “Refuge House is grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Mary Kay Foundation grant this year. The Foundation’s commitment to our core domestic violence shelter program means that over this holiday season, and every night of the year, survivors and their children have a safe refuge from violence, and resources to rebuild their lives.”
Please visit marykayfoundation.org for additional information and for the full list of 2018 Shelter Grant Recipients.
For more information about Refuge House, Inc. and the services they provide or to find out how you can be part of fulfilling our mission, please visit www.refugehouse.com or call 850-922-6062.