The Mary Kay FoundationSM recently announced it is awarding Bethany House with a $20,000 unrestricted grant to support local survivors of domestic violence in Northwest Ohio.
The Mary Kay Foundation was established in 1996 with the overarching purpose of supporting issues impacting women. In 2000, The Foundation expanded to include ending domestic violence as part of its mission. Since then, the Foundation’s total investment in its shelter grant program has reached $52 million.
Bethany House will use the grant funding to provide long-term transitional shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children. “At Bethany House, we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” says Deidra Lashley, Executive Director. “With their support, Bethany House can do more to raise awareness about domestic violence in our community and provide very essential resources.”
Bethany House is a long-term shelter in Northwest Ohio for victims and their children who are escaping domestic violence. Most shelters offer short-term stays in dorm housing, but Bethany House is the only Toledo-area domestic violence shelter that offers long-term, apartment-style transitional living, all free of charge.
Since 1984, Bethany House has served more than 2,000 individuals and provided more than 300,000 nights of safe shelter for victims and their children. Annually, they serve an average of 30 families.
Every year in Lucas County 18,000 domestic violence calls are made to 911, 15,000 people are arrested for intimate partner violence, 1,092 people file civil protection orders, and 317 adults seek domestic violence shelter. ❦