Crisis Center receives $20,000 Mary Kay grant
OTTUMWA — In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including the Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter in Ottumwa.
The Crisis Shelter received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
The Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter provided services to nearly 1,000 victims last year. The Rural Domestic Abuse Program serves 11 counties in south central Iowa.
“We provide emergency shelter in local communities through the use of hotels, motels and work toward permanent housing as soon as possible,” said Cheryl Brown, executive director. “These funds will assist us in providing our services with the goal of keeping people in their local community whenever possible and bringing services to all of our areas.
“We are excited that The Mary Kay Foundation is able to assist us as we move forward with our new service model,” she continued. “The staff, board of directors and the clients of the Crisis Center are grateful for this support from the Mary Kay Foundation. We depend on many sources of funding and this will go a long way in meeting the needs of victims in our areas. The expansion of our service area to include 11 counties makes this kind of support even more critical. Our goal is for everyone to have a safe home that is free from abuse, and we will continue to work toward that in our local communities.”
The Crisis Center serves Appanoose, Davis, Jasper, Jefferson, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello and Wayne counties in south central Iowa.
The Crisis Center has been providing comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence since 1979. Services include a crisis hotline answered 24/7 365 days per year.
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 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,” said Anne Crews, vice president of government relations for Mary Kay Inc. and board member for The Mary Kay Foundation.
Visit www.marykayfoundation.org for additional information.