---- — OTTUMWA — In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, 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. The Crisis Center and Women’s Shelter in Ottumwa has received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
The Crisis Center and Women’s Shelter provided services to nearly 1,000 victims last year. The Rural Domestic Abuse Program serves 11 counties in south-central Iowa.
The Crisis Center provides emergency shelter in local communities through the use of hotels, motels and work toward permanent housing as soon as possible. These funds will assist in providing services with the goal of keeping people in their local community whenever possible and bringing services to all of the surrounding areas.
“The staff, Board of Directors and the clients of the Crisis Center are grateful for this support from the Mary Kay Foundation,” said Cheryl Brown, Executive Director. “We depend on many sources of funding, and this will go a long way in meeting the needs of victims in our areas. The expansion of our service area to include 11 counties makes this kind of support even more critical. Our goal is for everyone to have a safe home that is free from abuse, and we will continue to work toward that in our local communities. We serve Appanoose, Davis, Jasper, Jefferson, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello and Wayne Counties in south-central Iowa.”
For nearly 20 years, The Mary Kay Foundation has supported the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, an epidemic that touches one in every four women in her lifetime. Through the Foundation’s annual shelter grant program, $34 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations since 2000.