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 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.

“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.

For more information about Hope House, visit www.hopehouse.net or call 816-461-4188. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation, visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-652-2737.