Our local Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center has been awarded a $20,000 grant by The Mary Kay Foundation during an influential and meaningful month, October; National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center was chosen to receive one of the annual grants to further our organization's efforts to combat domestic violence and provide healing services throughout Rutherford County. This year's highly-sought after grant slate brings the total investment in The Foundation's annual shelter grant program to nearly $42 million.
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center will use the $20,000 grant to address the center's shelter, The Bernard House. The funds will be used to ensure clients seeking emergency safe shelter receive quality of care in a safe, secure, friendly, pleasing and home-like environment.
"More than 700 domestic violence shelters nationwide applied for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ shelter grants this year, which demonstrates the overwhelming need to maintain critical services and provide a safe haven for the survivors of an epidemic that impacts one in every four women," said Anne Crews, board member of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. 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.
"The support of the Mark Kay Foundation allows victims the opportunity to take the necessary steps to recover, heal and be free from abuse and violence." states Karen Lampert, Executive Director of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center. "Victims seeking safe sheltering are doing so because it is unsafe to remain in their current living conditions and the abuser controls the housing situation. This grant allows us to welcome clients into a secure, comfortable, home environment, and meet their basic needs; which is so important to allow families the time to relax, feel safe and begin healing."
About Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center Our mission is simple: To protect victims, prevent violence, and empower survivors. We accomplish this by providing citizens of Rutherford County with the resources and assistance necessary to effectively deal with the personal, social, and legal implications of victimization by domestic violence and sexual assault.
To learn more about the center or to get involved, visit www.dvpshelter.org