BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- As part of the Mary Kay Foundation's annual shelter grants program, the Center for Family Justice (CFJ) has received a $20,000 grant to further the center's efforts to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.
The grant awarded to CFJ is part of $3 million in funding that the Foundation has awarded this year to 150 domestic violence shelters in 49 states, D.C. and Guam.
CFJ will use the grant funding to provide critical support for its Kathie's Place shelter.
Other recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, 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 the Center for Family Justice], we are incredibly grateful for support from the Mary Kay Foundation and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence," said Debra Greenwood, CFJ president and chief executive officer.
"What the Foundation is doing for CFJ and domestic violence programs throughout the country reflects a true commitment to bringing hope to the lives of vulnerable men, women and children and is truly inspiring," she added.
CFJ provides a variety of supportive and crisis services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in the six communities it serves.
"The fact that shelters across the country can use these unrestricted funds to best fit their immediate needs has often made the difference between keeping the doors open or closed, maintaining a critical service or providing a life-saving safe place for a family in need," said Anne Crews, board member for the Mary Kay Foundation and vice president of public affairs for Mary Kay, a direct marketing cosmetics company.
"As the Foundation celebrates 20 years of making a difference in the lives of women and children, we are proud to continue our signature domestic violence program in communities nationwide. We know hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted, not only today but for generations to come."
Nearly 600 domestic violence shelters applied for these grants this year. Mary Kay's global cause-related program, Beauty That Counts, helps support this foundation program. Mary Kay and its foundation have given $53 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs.
Visit the foundation's website for more information, including the full list of shelter grant recipients.