Generous donation to local Safehouse
The Family Life Center-Safehouse in El Dorado has received a generous grant from The Mary Kay Foundation. The foundation awards $20,000 each year to 150 domestic violence shelters across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam for a total of $3 million.
The Family Life Center-Safehouse was chosen to receive one of the annual grants to further the organizations efforts to combat domestic violence. This year’s highly sought-after grant slate brings the total investment in The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program to nearly $42 million.
The Family Life Center – Safehouse will use the grant funding to assist in-shelter and outreach victims with obtaining affordable housing and getting back on their feet and living an abuse free life.
“At the Family Life Center – Safehouse we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Darla Carter, Executive Director.
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. Working to prevent and end domestic violence is a cornerstone of The Foundation, Mary Kay Inc. and for countless members of our independent sales force.
The Family Life Center – Safehouse has sheltered 32 women and 23 children from January, 2017 to September, 2017.
“We are seeing women and children residing in shelter longer due to the fact that adequate and affordable housing in our service area of Butler County is hard to come by,” continued Carter, “So many of the women seeking shelter from their abuser come with nothing but the clothes on their back and very little financial resources.”
With the Mary Kay Foundation grant Carter is hoping to be able to assist these women and children with means to get into housing and start living an abuse free life for them and their children.