HOPE HOUSE RECEIVES $20,000 GRANT FROM THE MARY KAY FOUNDATION

The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Awarded Hope House Critical Unrestricted Funding

Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ awarded $20,000 grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam for a total of $3 million. Hope House, a domestic violence agency serving Jackson County, Mo.,  was chosen to receive one of the annual grants to further the organization’s efforts to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services. 

Hope House will use the grant money to cover a portion of the operating expenses for its two shelters. Funds will support the agency’s Shelter Program and the advocates who provide life-saving interventions for survivors of domestic violence. Last year, Hope House provided shelter services for more than 600 adults and 300 children who had suffered many types of violence, ranging from verbal/emotional abuse to physical abuse, threats, and assaults. 

“We are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said MaryAnne Metheny, Hope House, CEO. “This grant will contribute to the health and well-being of the 122 women and children in our shelter program each day. Our goal in shelter is to educate and empower our residents to assist them in finding their way to a life free from abuse. The Mary Kay Foundation grant helps us to achieve that goal.” 

“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.  “Working to prevent and end domestic violence is a cornerstone of The Foundation, Mary Kay Inc. and for countless members of our independent sales force. 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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About Hope House
Hope House provides comprehensive domestic violence services including a total of 122 beds at two shelter locations, 24-hour crisis hotline, court and hospital advocacy programs, individual and group therapy, safe supervised visitation program, for court-ordered visits, as well as comprehensive services encompassing prevention, education and support for thousands of people traumatized by domestic violence every year.  
For more information: www.hopehouse.net or (816) 461-4188.  

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 $70.7 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).