The Mary Kay Foundation Awards Women Against Abuse a $20,000 Grant
Director of Fund Development and Communications
PHILADELPHIA (November 8, 2012) – Women Against Abuse received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM to support its emergency shelter, the only shelter in Philadelphia for victims of domestic violence. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.
Women Against Abuse will use the grant to provide critical support for its emergency shelter, the only shelter in Philadelphia specifically for victims of domestic violence. WAA provides comprehensive support services for 60-90 days to help women and children remain safe throughout their stay in shelter and to plan for long-term safety.
In fiscal year 2012, WAA’s shelter provided safety and resources to 587 individuals. Half of shelter residents are children. As the only shelter for domestic violence in a city with high demand for domestic violence services, WAA staff were forced to turn away more than 8,400 requests for safety in its shelter.
“Support from the Mary Kay Foundation means we can continue providing women and children with opportunities to live a life free from violence,” said Executive Director Jeannine L. Lisitski. “As an agency, WAA is honored to be recognized for the important work that we do.”
“The Mary Kay FoundationSM 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 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.”
About the Mary Kay FoundationSM
The 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 FOUND, visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).
About Women Against Abuse, Inc.
Women Against Abuse (WAA), Inc., one of the largest domestic violence programs in the country, serves more than 13,900 individuals each year through emergency housing, legal services, hotline counseling, education and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.womenagainstabuse.org