The Mary Kay Foundation is awarding one of its $20,000 unrestricted grants to Wise Hope Shelter in Bridgeport. The grant will help maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
“Our staff, volunteers and clients are so thankful for this grant from the Mary Kay Foundation,” said Pat Slayton, executive director for Wise Hope Shelter and Crisis Center. “We’ve provided a safe haven for women who have fled abusive relations for the past nine years, and this grant will go a long way in helping us serve the growing needs of Wise County.”
Slayton said Wise Hope received the grant in 2011, so they were surprised to receive it a second time. An agency is only eligible every other year. Wise Hope received one of only 150 grants nationwide.
Since the grant was a surprise, Wise Hope has not made specific plans to use the money. For now, it will serve as part of its contingency reserve fund.
For nearly 20 years, The Mary Kay Foundation 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. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Remaining grants are distributed based on state population.