Mary Kay grant aids CAASA center

Saturday, October 12, 2013

In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault in Spencer received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.

CAASA serves nine counties in Northwest Iowa -- Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Palo Alto, Pocahontas and Sac. Last year CAASA served 904 new clients through its 24/7 crisis line 1-877-362-4612, outreach services and emergency shelter. This grant will allow the local agency to utilize all the space in the Spencer Iowa Shelter. The building will house a two-bedroom transitional apartment for victims, staff offices and an emergency shelter when completed.

"We can't thank the Mary Kay Foundation enough for this grant award" said Julie Schulenberg, executive director for CAASA. "The Spencer Shelter has been operating since 1989. We will continue to provide emergency shelter along with expanded outreach services for victims of sexual and domestic violence."

For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay FoundationSM has 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 FoundationSM is 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," Anne Crews, vice president of government relations for Mary Kay Inc. and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM, said. "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."

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