LEXINGTON – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Christian Appalachian Project’s (CAP) Sandy Valley Abuse Center (SVAC) received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
CAP’s SVAC is a 17 bed emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their eligible dependents. Not only does the center provide safe, temporary emergency shelter, but it also supports and empowers women to help themselves break free from the cycle of violence through individual and group counseling, and advocacy for participants’ medical, legal, housing, and educational needs.
The center also provides a comprehensive child’s program to meet current and post-shelter needs for children that have experienced domestic violence, as well as helping victims move forward with their progress in living safe, healthy lives.
“Domestic violence is a social issue that knows no boundaries, and affects people of all ages, cultures, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds,” said Connie Little program manager. Since 1984, the center [SVAC] has provided a safe haven for women who have fled abusive relationships. This gift will allow us to provide families with rent and utility deposits, small appliances, and housing items. It will also increase the capacity to serve more victims, thereby increasing local confidence in the capability of the center.”
“The Mary Kay Foundation is proud to support local shelters that are on the front lines of helping the thousands of women and children who seek shelter and support from abuse,” said Anne Crews, Vice President of Government Relations for Mary Kay Inc. and board member for The Mary Kay Foundation. “The shelter grants are a signature program for The Mary Kay Foundation and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.”