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WomanHaven Receives $20,000 Grant From Mary Kay Foundation

In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. WomanHaven, Inc. in El Centro, CA received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.

Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Remaining grants are distributed based on state population, with California receiving a total of 11 grants.

WomanHaven emergency shelter located in Imperial County, gives more than 200 children, adults, and families affected by violence and abuse the tools and resources they need to heal and recover every year. Our work is possible because of the generosity of our supporters, who help us move victims from crisis to confidence. The funds received from The Mary Kay Foundation will allow us to be able to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence heal their inner wounds and restore their self confidence.

"Our staff, volunteers and clients are go grateful for this grant from the Mary Kay Foundation," said Gina Vargas, Executive Director. "These funds will help make sure we keep our shelters for domestic violence victims open, so families will find a safe home and hope after crisis. "

For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay FoundationSM has supported the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, an epidemic that touches one in every four women in her lifetime. Through the Foundation's annual shelter grant program, $34 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations since 2000.

"The Mary Kay FoundationSM 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 board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. "The shelter grants are a signature program for The Mary Kay Foundation and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence."

Click here for a full list of 2013 grant recipients or visit for additional information.

About WomanHaven, Inc.
WomanHaven, Inc. dba Center for Family Solutions, Shelter and Center Against Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization. WomanHaven has operated an emergency shelter since 1977 for women and their children who are victims of violence. WomanHaven is the single domestic violence shelter-based services agency in Imperial County, CA. Services we offer are emergency shelter, legal assistance, court accompaniment, filing restraining orders, child custody orders, job seeking skills workshops, counseling, educational programs, transitional housing, complete case management services, anger management groups, and a children's program.

About The Mary Kay FoundationSM
The Mary Kay FoundationSM 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. Since the Foundation's inception, it has awarded $34 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $20 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, please visit or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

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