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YWCA of Cetnral Virginia                                                                                                                              

Linda Ellis-Williams, Director DVPC                                                                                                           





Lynchburg, VA (September 23, 2013)– In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October,The Mary Kay FoundationSMhas awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The YWCA of Central Virginia’s Domestic Violence Prevention Center (DVPC) received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants
to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
The grant will be used for daily operating costs at the YWCA DVPC in Lynchburg and Frannie’s House in Altavista.

“Our staff, volunteers and clients are so thankful for this grant from the Mary Kay Foundation,” said Caroline Hudson, YWCA of Central Virginia Executive Director. “We’ve provided a safe haven for women who have fled abusive relationships for the past 35 years and this grant will go a long way in helping us serve the growing needs of families in Central Virginia.”

For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay FoundationSMhas 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.

“The Mary Kay FoundationSMis proud to support local shelters that are on the front lines of helping the 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 FoundationSM. “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.”


Click here for a full list of 2013 grant recipients or visit marykayfoundation.org for additional information.


About YWCA Domestic Violence Prevention Center

The YWCA of Central Virginia, a United Way Partner Agency, was established in 1912. Our Mission Statement: The YWCA
of Central Virginia is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Our largest program is theYWCA Domestic Violence Prevention Center (DVPC), whichprovides safe refuge for women and children escaping violent homes through our 32-bed Shelter in Lynchburg. Originally built as the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA
in 1940, the shelter has been housing the DVPC since 1978. In 2010, “Frannie’s House”, an 8-bed safe house, was opened in Altavista. Every year, the DVPC houses approximately 250 women and children (and men sometimes), and serves thousands of individuals (women, men and children).  Services include:

Ø Emergency Shelter and Food
Ø 24-hour staff on-site & 24-hour hotline
Ø Support groups open to the public 
Ø Casework, counseling and court advocacy for all victims
Ø Community education and awareness through presentations and brochures
Ø Meet DAVE (Dating and Violence Education) is an interactive workshop
for teenagers

Ø Children’s Supervised Visitation Center
Ø Recently opened “Frannie’s House” in Altavista to house and serve
rural domestic violence victims.

About The Mary Kay FoundationSM

The Mary Kay FoundationSMwas 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. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded $34 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $20 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM,
please visit
www.marykayfoundation.orgor call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).




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