News Release — Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter
Oct. 3, 2013
Marianne Kennedy, Executive Director
Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter
Rutland, Vermont — In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) has awarded the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter a $20,000 grant for critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse. This year the Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
The Rutland County Women’s Network and Center serves people in the second most populous county of Vermont, and plays a critical role in providing shelter, support, and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter services include a 24/7 crisis hotline and emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. In 2012, RCWNS provided assistance to over 2,000 women and over 3,200 children through its crisis hotline and confidential services of advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, education, and community referrals. This unrestricted grant from The Mary Kay Foundation will help the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter in maintaining a safe and secure shelter, as well as providing continued advocacy and support.
“Since 1979, the mission of the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter has been to help rebuild the lives of women and children who have been the victims of abuse, and to educate the community about the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Marianne Kennedy, Executive Director. “Our focus is on prevention, protection, and service to our community. As we all know too well, domestic violence can touch families anywhere, and this support from the Mary Kay Foundation will make a huge difference to those who seek assistance in moving forward to a safer life.”
For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) has supported the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, an epidemic that touches one in every four women in her lifetime. The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program has provided $34 million to domestic violence organizations since 2000.
“The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) 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,” said Anne Crews, Vice President of Government Relations for Mary Kay Inc. and a board member for The Mary Kay Foundation (SM). “The shelter grants are a signature program for the Foundation and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.”
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The Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter (RCWNS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic and sexual violence through efforts at prevention, education and outreach in the communities of Rutland County, with the goal of preventing and decreasing incidents of further abuse. RCWNS is a United Way member agency. For the 24-hour crisis hotline call 802-775-3232. To learn more about the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter visit www.rcwn.org, or call the office at 802-775-6788. To see a complete list of The Mary Kay Foundation (SM) 2013 grant recipients visit www.marykayfoundation.org.