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San Diego (Oct. 2, 2015) – Center for Community Solutions (CCS), an organization that provides emergency and transitional shelters for women, children and families affected by domestic violence in San Diego County received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation℠. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Foundation has awarded $20,000 in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for a total of $3 million.
While more than half of the grant recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, others hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve. Center for Community Solutions will use the grant funding to provide a bilingual therapist, which is critical to providing inclusive, trauma-informed counseling services to help victims of domestic violence begin to heal and rebuild their lives.
“At Center for Community Solutions, we are incredibly grateful for the support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and its commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Verna Griffin-Tabor, Executive Director. “This grant will increase our language capacity to provide bilingual and bicultural trauma specific therapeutic services to our Spanish speaking shelter and counseling clients.”
“Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “While progress has been made in the United States in meeting the needs of the thousands of domestic violence survivors who seek help each and every day, there remains a significant gap between funding and resources. We know from our work with shelter directors across the nation that the Foundation’s annual grants are a lifeline for many shelters and continues to impact an epidemic that touches one in every four women.”
Since 2000, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has donated $35.6 million to domestic violence organizations through its annual shelter grant program. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state with the remaining grants distributed based on state population. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands have also received funding through the Shelter Grant program. Approximately 625 domestic violence shelters applied for funding this year.
About The Mary Kay Foundation℠
The Mary Kay Foundation℠ 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. The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has awarded $64.2 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).
About Center for Community Solutions
Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions assists more than 10,000 individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. CCS operates the only Rape Crisis Center in the City of San Diego along with a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline as well as hospital and court accompaniment services for rape survivors; counseling, legal and advocacy for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors; and prevention and education outreach to youth and adults of all ages. CCS provides three 24-hour emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and their children. Connect with CCS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. www.ccssd.org