Artesia, NM (October 3, 2013) – In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Grammy’s House, Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. in Artesia, NM received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay FoundationSM 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.
“The Mary Kay FoundationSM is proud to support local shelters, like Grammy’s House, that are on the front lines of helping the thousands of women and children who seek shelter and support from abuse,” said Anne Crews, Vice President of Government Relations for Mary Kay Inc. and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “The shelter grants are a signature program for The Mary Kay Foundation and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.”
“Our staff, volunteers and clients are so excited and appreciative of the Mary Kay Foundation”, said Celina Bryant, Executive Director “Our agency has provided a safe haven for women who have fled abusive relationships for the past 20 years, and this grant will go a long way in helping us serve the growing needs of Artesia, Eddy County and surrounding counties”. Mrs. Bryant explained that Grammy’s is a nineteen bed, full-service facility capable of housing women and children for up to 90 days annually. The agency is currently fundraising to enlarge the shelter “The Mary Kay grant is a blessing that will certainly help ensure that Grammy’s will be able to start our remodeling and upgrading project in a timely manner”, reported Mrs. Bryant.
About Grammy’s House
Background on Organization
Grammy’s House (GH) Artesia Domestic Violence (DV) Shelter Inc., is a grassroots non-profit formed in 1993 by a group of concerned citizens. Grammy’s House is a DV agency with sole purpose of providing a safe place to heal for adult victims and their children. Grammy’s House also provides intervention services to offenders in the dedicated efforts to end the cycle of violence by instilling responsibility and consequences for their actions. Grammy’s House is the only agency that provides 24 hour shelter services in Artesia, NM and southern Eddy County.
Grammy’s House provides a wide range of culturally competent DV services which include 24 hour domestic violence emergency shelter services, children’s support group, skills & knowledge, parenting classes, advocacy & support, DV counseling (all populations), legal advocacy and attorney aid, crisis intervention, and a wide array of resources and referrals. In addition, Grammy’s House has a 52 week court-ordered program for male and female offenders.
Grammy’s House goals and objectives reflect the basic philosophy of Grammy’s House which is to help educate victims of violence on alternative ways to learn how to live a life free from abuse. Grammy’s House programs reflect an advocacy in action approach which is the true philosophy that guides our work. Our philosophy is built on the premise that all of our clients are unique individuals with great potential for health, well- being, fulfillment, and life free from domestic violence. It is a fundamental value of victim advocacy that we treat people exactly as we would want a beloved member of our family, a friend – or ourselves – to be treated.
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 $34 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $20 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).