CAMDEN- Center For Family Services’ Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) program, a local women’s shelter serving South Jersey, received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation. In advance 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 individuals they serve. Center For Family Services will use the grant to hire a part time Domestic Violence Advocate at their Gloucester County Safe House to help ensure long-term self-sufficiency for survivors of domestic violence.
“At Center For Family Services we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation and its commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Mary Love, SERV Program Director. “This additional funding will allow us to enhance the services we provide to those in need in our community.”
CFS' Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) program operates a Domestic Violence Safe House in both Cumberland and Gloucester County, New Jersey. The SERV DV program aims to protect the rights of survivors to ensure they are treated with compassion and dignity and support survivors through education, counseling, guidance, and meeting basic needs. The Center is dedicated to helping individuals visualize a positive future for themselves, and then to achieve it.
“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 State 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 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 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.
About Center For Family Services
Center For Family Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope, and strength. It is their vision that all people lead capable, responsible, fulfilled lives in strong families and healthy communities.