The has announced grants totaling $3 million to domestic violence shelters across the United States.
A hundred and fifty shelters in forty-nine states were awarded grants of $20,000 each to combat domestic violence, educate local communities, and provide shelter and rehabilitation services. More than half the recipients plan to use the funds for basic operating expenses, but the in LaFayette, Georgia, will use its grant to hire a part-time counselor to work with women and teens residing in the shelter; in Lebanon, Kentucky, will use the funds to renovate a children's playroom and playground as well as assist clients with their first-month rent and deposit; and the in Morehead City, North Carolina, will replace the roof of its facility.
Announced during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the grants bring to $38.6 million the foundation's total investment in its annual shelter grant program.
"Facing an epidemic that touches one in every four women is a monumental task each and every day in our community," said Vicki Bourus, co-executive director of in Georgetown, South Carolina. "With an overwhelming demand for services and limited funding, support from the Mary Kay Foundation is a lifeline for the clients we serve. With the option to use the funds to fit our immediate needs, we can focus our attention on what matters most — maintaining a safe place for our clients while also providing programs to help prevent abuse before it begins."