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News Release

Angelina Coe, Executive Director



Palm Desert, CA (September 30, 2013) – In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Shelter From The Storm, Inc. in Palm Desert, California 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.

Shelter From The Storm, Inc. (SFTS), the only comprehensive domestic violence crisis services provider in the Coachella Valley, provides a safe haven for over 900 women and children annually. Since 1993, SFTS has been serving women and their children fleeing the plight of domestic violence. Our mission is to provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence professionally, ethically and compassionately. The funds received from The Mary Kay Foundation will allow SFTS to continue to offer shelter and support services to women and children who are victims of intimate partner domestic violence. Funding will go to core services at the shelter, including food, clothing, counseling, and other supportive services to women and their children

“Our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and clients are so grateful to the Mary Kay Foundation for this grant award,” said Angelina Coe, Executive Director of Shelter From The Storm. “SFTS has provided a safe have for women and their children who are fleeing intimate partner domestic violence relationships for the past 25 years and this grant will go a long way in helping us continue to serve the growing needs of the Coachella Valley and Eastern Riverside County.”

For nearly 20 years The Mary Kay Foundation 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 Foundation. “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 marykayfoundation.org for additional information.



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