|BRADENTON, FL (October 01, 2012)— HOPE Family Services, a local women’s shelter serving Manatee County, received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM. 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.
HOPE Family Services will use the grant to provide critical support for its Emergency Safe Shelter. Laurel Lynch, Executive Director/CEO of HOPE Family Services said: “The grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM is a miracle given the increased demand for assistance in the face of dwindling resources. I cannot thank the Foundation and the local Mary Kay Consultants enough for their ongoing support of those we serve. Together we truly are saving lives!”
“The Mary Kay FoundationSM is committedto breaking the cycle of domestic violence.” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “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 Mary Kay FoundationSM 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 FoundationSM, visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).
About HOPE Family Services
HOPE Family Services has been Manatee County’s domestic violence service provider since 1979 and serves an annual average of 2,000 local individuals affected by domestic violence. All of HOPE’s life-saving services are confidential and offered to those who need help at no charge. For information on how to keep you or a loved one safe from an intimate partner, please visit www.HopeFamilyService.org or call (941) 755-6805 anytime of the day or night to speak with an advocate.