Grant Provides Emergency Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors

08-04-2017 8:33 AM

Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE) in Louisiana used a grant from The Mary Kay Foundation to open a second emergency shelter facility for victims fleeing domestic violence. The new unit accommodates up to seven members of one family for 45 days.

The grant also funded emergency stays at hotels needed when both housing units were full.

“It is very significant for someone to be able to leave immediately from a domestic violence situation and have a safe place to go,” explains Pam Hutcheson, SAFE’s executive director. “The Foundation helped has helped several families transition to safety. If we did not have the grant, we could not have provided emergency help for some families.”

From July 2016 to June 2017 SAFE provided a total of 1,483 bed nights to survivors of domestic abuse.

In addition to shelter, residents receive food; clothing; medical and transportation assistance; advocacy; and individual and group counseling. SAFE also provides rental assistance for up to 12 months to aid survivors transitioning from emergency housing.

“Our goal is to help survivors reestablish their lives and be self-sufficient in a little more than one year,” says Pam.

In 2016, the organization started Safe Dates, a program in schools and youth-based organizations that addresses teen dating violence prevention and intervention.

“We are educating youth to stop violence before it starts,” emphasizes Pam. “Our goal is to have a long-lasting impact on ending domestic violence. The support from The Foundation has been so welcome and critically important toward that end.”

You can make a difference! Find information on six brochures you can download and print to share with someone who needs help with domestic violence here.

Each year, The Mary Kay Foundation awards grants to deserving women’s domestic violence shelters across the United States. In 2016, The Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to more than 150 women’s shelters. Learn more about the shelter grant program here.

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