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GOOD NEWS: The Mary Kay Foundation awards CCWTX $20,000 grant

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Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2018 3:00 am

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness month, The Mary Kay Foundation recently announced it is awarding $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the country.

Crisis Center of West Texas has received a $20,000 unrestricted grant to support local survivors of domestic violence in West Texas.

This year’s grant contribution brings the foundation’s total investment in its shelter grant program to $50 million.

The Mary Kay Foundation was established in 1996 with the overarching purpose of supporting issues impacting women. In 2000, the foundation expanded to include ending domestic violence as part of its mission. The foundation is committed to funding the life-saving work of women’s shelters and the annual shelter grant program has helped finance critical needs including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and legal aid. All of these resources support women and children as they seek refuge and relief on their journey to an abuse-free life. This year, more than 1,200 organizations applied for the Mary Kay Foundation shelter grants.

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, more than 72,000 adult and child victims receive domestic violence services across the United States in just one day. Unfortunately, in the same period of time, more than 11,000 requests for services are unmet due to a lack of resources.

Crisis Center of West Texas provides services for adult victims of domestic and sexual violence and their minor children. CCWTX provides both community awareness and prevention services in our schools in addition to direct services to those impacted by violence in their homes. The growing need for CCWTX services is evidenced by the fact that in the 2018 fiscal year, Crisis Center of West Texas provided services to 490 clients, up from 264 during the previous period.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to receive this very competitive grant from Mary Kay Foundation. The $20,000 gift will be used to provide direct support services and shelter for survivors and their children in Odessa,” said Crisis Center of West Texas Executive Director Karen Pieper Hildebrand.

Applications for the 2019 shelter grant program will be available in January 2019.

For more information, visit marykayfoundation.org. To view the complete list of 2018 shelter grant recipients, visit tinyurl.com/y9l3tgmn.

The Mary Kay Foundation was created in 1996 and its two-fold mission includes funding women’s cancer research and ending domestic violence. Over the course of more than two decades, The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded more than $78 million to women’s shelters and domestic violence service providers, as well as cancer research programs and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation and its mission, visit marykayfoundation.org or call 877-MKCARES (652-2737).

Crisis Center of West Texas’ mission is to respond, shelter, and educate to end sexual and domestic violence in West Texas. The agency serves nine West Texas counties - Andrews, Crane, Ector, Gaines, Loving, Pecos, Reeves, Ward, and Winkler – providing services to adult victims of sexual and domestic violence and their minor children. Crisis Center of West Texas also provides prevention education programs to students, professionals, community groups, and those who have perpetuated abuse in an effort to break the cycle of violence.

For information about the Crisis Center of West Texas, visit CCWTX.org or call 333-2527.

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