THE Mary Kay FoundationSM Awards
Family Abuse Center $20,000 Grant
for Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness
Waco October 1, 2012— Family Abuse Center a local women’s shelter serving Waco and McLennan County and the surrounding counties of Bosque, Hill, Falls, Freestone, Limestone, and Navarro, 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.
Family Abuse Center will use the grant to provide critical support for its comprehensive services to victims of family violence. “Family Abuse Center is honored to be among the 8 shelters in the State of Texas chosen to receive the Mary Kay Foundation funding for 2012. This grant is very special because it specifically provides support for the daily operations of organization, allowing us to provide emergency shelter as well as case management, legal advocacy and counseling for victims of domestic violence and their children,“ said Kathy Reid, Executive Director of Family Abuse Center.
“The Mary Kay FoundationSM is committed to 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 marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).
About Family Abuse Center
The mission of Family Abuse Center (FAC) is to eliminate domestic violence in Central Texas by sheltering victims and by preventing abuse from occurring through intervention and education. FAC was founded in 1980 and has been providing emergency shelter, a hotline and comprehensive domestic violence (DV) services to seven Central Texas counties since that time. The shelter began in a small house with room for 6 clients; since 2005, FAC’s emergency shelter has been housed in a 55-bed, 3 acre, secure and fenced facility in Waco, TX.
Family Abuse Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and/or age in the delivery of services.