10/27/17 Press Release

The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Awarded Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center Critical Unrestricted Funding as Part of New $3 Million Grant Slate


Cleveland (October 27, 2017) –  Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is awarding $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.  Local shelter Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center was chosen to receive one of the annual grants to further the organization’s efforts to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services throughout the Cleveland area.  This year’s highly sought-after grant slate brings the total investment in The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program to nearly $42 million. 


Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center will use the grant funding basic operating expenses. Other recipients use the unrestricted funds for hiring much-needed personnel, completing repairs and renovations, or adding programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve. 


“At Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and its continued commitment to break the cycle of violence,” said Leslie Quilty, Interim CEO. “This generous donation will be used to help individuals and families with children with their most basic needs when entering shelter, such as food, clothing, medication, toiletries, and medications. Thank you for your support of our clients during their most vulnerable hours.”  


DVCAC provides emergency intervention as well as long term support for victims. More information can be found at the agency’s website: www.DVCAC.org. Victims needing emergency assistance can call the 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 216-391-HELP (4357). 


There is significant need for these services. DVCAC’s Emergency Shelter provided 12,282 bed days for 333 adults and children in 2016. During the same time period, the Cleveland Division of Police received 18,636 calls reporting domestic violence and Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center’s (DVCAC) 24-Hour Domestic Violence Helpline received 12,152 calls indicating significant need for local services.


“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.  “Working to prevent and end domestic violence is a cornerstone of The Foundation, Mary Kay Inc. and for countless members of our independent sales force. Since 2000, The Foundation has invested tens of millions of dollars in our shelter grant program and without a doubt, we know these funds make a difference in homes and communities across the country.”


Mary Kay Inc.’s global cause-related program, Beauty that Counts, helps support The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program. Applications for the 2018 shelter grant program will be available January 15 through April 30.  Please visit marykayfoundation.org for additional information and for the full list of 2017 shelter grant recipients.  


About The Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation℠ was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue.  The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has awarded $70.7 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States.  To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).



Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) has over a 40 year history of leading the community in advocating for victims of child abuse and domestic violence.  DVCAC is dedicated to safe, healthy relationships and provides services for persons of all ages who have been victims of, or are at risk of being victims of domestic violence, child abuse, or other relationship violence such as stalking and bullying.  The agency’s model is grounded in a strength-based and empowerment philosophy and incorporates best practices and evidenced-based strategies.  DVCAC provides life-saving services for children, teens and adults that are critical to the community.


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