CONWAY — Starting Point has received a grant from The Mary Kay Foundation to further the organization’s efforts to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services throughout Carroll County.
Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation awarded $20,000 grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the United States in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, for a total of $3 million. This year’s highly grant slate brings the total investment in The foundation’s annual shelter grant program to nearly $42 million.
Starting Point will use the grant funding to help victims and survivors transition into safe and independent living situations.
“We are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Raetha Stoddard, Starting Point executive director. “With this grant we can support at least a dozen families of victims and their children and provide much needed programing in the county.”
Starting Point’s emergency shelter, the only one of it’s kind in Carroll County, has a capacity for 13 victims and their children.
According to Stoddard, “The shelter is always at capacity and it’s difficult finding affordable transitional housing in the area for clients. With this grant we can do a little more in supporting families in need of a safe and stable living situation. We can also provide more support programs for people at risk of homelessness due to their victimization.”
“More than 700 domestic violence shelters nationwide applied for The Mary Kay Foundation shelter grants this year, which demonstrates the overwhelming need to maintain critical services and provide a safe haven for the survivors of an epidemic that impacts one in every four women,” said Anne Crews, board member of The Mary Kay Foundation and vice president of public affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “Since 2000, The Foundation has invested tens of millions of dollars in our shelter grant program and without a doubt, we know these funds make a difference in homes and communities across the country.”
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