The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 29, 2012

Women’s center gets $20,000 grant

The Women’s Resource Center, a local women’s shelter serving Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas and Summers counties, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation in observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Dee Sizemore, public relations and fundraising development coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center, said the grant will be used to provide critical services and programs for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

The grant will also help with daily operating expenses of the 36-bed emergency shelter, which is the largest shelter for domestic violence victims in the state, and has helped house victims since 1983.

“Agencies like ours simply could not operate without the aid of grants like this in combination with federal and state funding and private donations,” Sizemore said. “We weren’t expecting to receive the grant from The Mary Kay Foundation this year, and it came as a wonderful surprise at a much-needed time.”

The Mary Kay Foundation awarded $3 million to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states.

Since 2000, the foundation has provided $31 million to domestic violence organizations.

Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc.’s vice president of Government Relations, said the foundation grants are just one of the ways in which Mary Kay helps raise awareness and provide support for domestic violence prevention.

“Our mission is to enrich the lives of women around the world, and one of the ways we are doing this is through our commitment to breaking the cycle of domestic violence,” Crews said.

The Women’s Resource Center received The Mary Kay Foundation grant once before in the amount of $10,000 in 2010. All services provided at the Women’s Resource Center are free and confidential.

For more information, call 304-255-2559.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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