Evanston, IL, October 5, 2017 – YWCA Evanston/North Shore was awarded a $20,000 grant in support of its domestic violence shelter from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which takes place in October.
YWCA Evanston/North Shore was chosen to receive one of the annual grants to further its efforts to combat domestic violence and support women and families in northern Cook County. It is one of 150 domestic violence organizations across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam receiving grants from The Mary Kay Foundation, which is providing a total of $3 million to such groups.
YWCA will use the grant funding to support its 32-bed domestic violence shelter for survivors and their children. Shelter services include a 24-hour crisis line (847-864-8780), individual, family, and group counseling, legal advocacy, financial empowerment, health education, and nutrition and cooking classes.
“We are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and its continued commitment to breaking the cycle of domestic violence,” said Karen Singer, president and CEO of YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “We can put this money to work right away to provide tangible help to women and give them hope for the future.”
About YWCA Evanston/North Shore
YWCA Evanston/North Shore works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen local communities. It serves more than 10,000 people annually in northern Cook County and provides comprehensive domestic violence services to families in need. Learn more at www.ywca.org/evanston.
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).