Carol House of Hope at The Center for Prevention of Abuse, a local women’s shelter in Tazewell County, received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.
Carol House of Hope will use the grant to provide critical support services and safe shelter to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse. According to Martha Herm, Executive Director at The Center for Prevention of Abuse, “Last year, 126 women and children stayed at Carol House of Hope for over 20 days each. We could not provide the food, the counseling, the children’s programming, let alone turn on the lights, without the generous help of the Mary Kay Foundation. We never want to turn anyone away and put them in harm’s way just because we don’t have the money to keep the doors open. The Mary Kay Foundation is a lifesaver!”
The Center for Prevention of Abuse is the only agency in the State of Illinois to provide combined services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse and elder abuse. Serving 15 new persons each day and more than 5,000 women, children and men affected by violence and another 15,000 students who are at risk each year. The Center works to achieve its vision of building a safe, peaceful community.
“The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence”, said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay Foundation. “Through our grants, we honor and support shelters across the country that are having a profound impact for women and children in their communities. Since 2000, we have granted $31 million to help domestic violence shelters meet their critical needs and support their ongoing community efforts.”
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 nearly $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).