DALLAS, TX The Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Shelter in Dallas, Texas received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual Shelter Grant program to maintain critical services and programs. The Mary Kay Foundation awarded a total of $3 million in funding to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
“It’s been a bigger challenge than ever for shelters to keep their doors open and grants from The Mary Kay Foundation are a vital part in helping shelters move forward in their missions,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “The shelter grants are a signature program of the Foundation and represent just one of the ways Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic violence. We are proud to support local shelters like The Salvation Army’s Domestic Violence Shelter that are on the front lines of helping women and children who need shelter and support from abuse.”
The Salvation Army DFW provides emergency shelter for more than 200 women and children every year. The need for programs and services is great. Dallas County receives 20,000 reports of domestic violence every year.
“We are truly grateful to the Mary Kay Foundation for their compassion and their desire to reach out to victims of domestic violence,” said Major Ward Matthews. “The Salvation Army DFW has been operating a domestic violence shelter for 25 years. We also have the only domestic violence program helping victims of forced prostitution. This grant will help us provide the kinds of programs and services these women and their children so desperately need,” he said
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, $37 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations since 2000. Nearly 700 shelters requested funding this year.
for a full list of 2014 grant recipients or visit marykayfoundation.org for additional information.
About The Salvation Army DFW
Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been dedicated to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His Name without discrimination. Today, The Salvation Army serves in every state in the United States and in 118 countries throughout the world. The Salvation Army addresses 40 different programs in more than 20 different areas of social concern in the Metroplex. These include social services, Christmas assistance, homeless and domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment centers, adult and youth services and education services.
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 more than $37 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and nearly $22 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. More than 97% of each donated dollar goes to the missions. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation, visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737). ##