Since 1981, the EBC Center has been providing services to victims of domestic abuse, including safe shelter, transitional housing, counseling, support groups and court advocacy. In 2012 alone, over 3,500 individuals were assisted by the dedicated staff, while funding from federal, state and municipal sources continued to be cut.
We are so grateful for the support of foundations like Mary Kay, said Judith Earle, Executive Director of the EBC Center. This gift from The Mary Kay Foundation will mean the difference in our ability to meet the growing needs of victims of domestic abuse. It directly translates to additional staff hours over the next year, which is a critical need. We are honored to be the only agency in Rhode Island to receive this years grant award.
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 Foundations annual shelter grant program, $34 million has been granted to domestic violence agencies since 2000.
The Mary Kay Foundation is proud to support local shelters that are on the front lines of helping thousands of women and children who seek shelter and support from abuse, said Anne Crews, Vice President of Government Relations for Mary Kay Inc. and board member for The Mary Kay Foundation. The shelter grants are a signature program for The Mary Kay Foundation and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.
Visit www.marykayfoundation.org for a full list of 2013 grant recipients and additional information.
ABOUT THE ELIZABETH BUFFUM CHACE CENTER:
The mission of the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is to end the perpetration and societal tolerance of interpersonal violence, including all forms of domestic and sexual abuse, and until that is achieved, to provide comprehensive services to victims and education in the community.