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The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Awards Branches Of Monroe County $20,000 Grant For Domestic Violence Programs

Mary_Kay_FoundationLocal Shelter is One of 150 to Receive Funding in Advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Madisonville (Sept. 30, 2015) – Branches Refuge, a local women’s shelter serving Monroe County, received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation℠. In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Foundation has awarded $20,000 in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for a total of $3 million.

While more than half of the grant recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, others hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve. Branches will use the grant funding to provide critical support for its domestic violence shelter and supportive services.
“At Branches’, we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and its commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Denise Hill, Branches Founding Director. “The Mary Kay grant will help us complete our shelter and on-site kennel renovations and enable us to expand our services in Branches Oaks transitional living program.”
Branches Refuge, Monroe County’s first and only domestic violence shelter, opened February 28, 2014, and has already helped over 100 women and children fleeing domestic violence. Branches provides survivors emergency shelter, life skills training, court advocacy, job search assistance, parenting and budget programs as well as a transitional living program designed to empower a woman as she moves towards self-sufficiency.
“Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “While progress has been made in the United States in meeting the needs of the thousands of domestic violence survivors who seek help each and every day, there remains a significant gap between funding and resources. We know from our work with shelter directors across the nation that the Foundation’s annual grants are a lifeline for many shelters and continues to impact an epidemic that touches one in every four women.”
Since 2000, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has donated $35.6 million to domestic violence organizations through its annual shelter grant program. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state with the remaining grants distributed based on state population. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands have also received funding through the Shelter Grant program. Approximately 625 domestic violence shelters applied for funding this year.

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. The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has awarded $64.2 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

About Branches of Monroe County, Inc.
Branches is a grass-roots 501(c)3 public charity committed to helping women and children in crisis. Branches believes every woman and child deserve to live violence-free. If you would like more information, please visit www.branchesofmonroe.org or call (423) 442-8644. Branches Crisis Line: (423) 295-5101

Permanent link to this article: https://branchesofmonroe.org/mary-kay-foundation-grant/

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