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LARC/DVS Shelter receives $20,000 grant from Mary Kay FoundationSM PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:08



In advance 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. Liberal Area Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Shelter (LARC/DVS Shelter) in Liberal received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.

LARC/DVS Shelter is a full-service facility that houses 139 women and children annually in Liberal and serving a six-county region. The need is more critical than ever as the number of domestic violence incidents has risen over the past several years. The funds received from The Mary Kay Foundations will allow must needed repairs and renovations to the LARC/DVS Shelter. Also, the funding will provide survivors with 24 hour advocacy services with a safe environment to start the healing process..

“Our staff, volunteers and clients are so thankful for this grant from The Mary Kay Foundations,” said Jack Cooley, LARC/DVS Board President, “We’ve provided a safe haven for women who have fled abusive relationships for the past 28 years, and this grant will go a long way in helping us serve the growing needs of Liberal and the surrounding counties.

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.

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