Monday, December 8, 2014

BRAINERD WOMEN'S SHELTER RECEIVES $20,000 GRANT FROM THE MARY KAY FOUNDATION


Funding to Support the Brainerd Women's Shelter

While domestic violence has experienced a boost in awareness due to recent
events, women and children in the Brainerd area continue to be in need of
housing, resources, and support programs as they flee abusive situations and
work to rebuild their lives. 

The Women's Shelter, a program of the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, Inc. in
Brainerd, has received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part
of the organization's annual Shelter Grant program to maintain critical
services and programs. The grant will benefit the Women's Shelter operated
by the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center. The Mary Kay Foundation awarded a total
of $3 million in funding to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states,
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam in advance of Domestic
Violence Awareness Month in October 2014.

"It's been a bigger challenge than ever for shelters to keep their doors
open, and grants from The Mary Kay Foundation are a vital part in helping
shelters move forward in their missions," said Anne Crews, board member for
The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay,
Inc. "The shelter grants are a signature program of the Foundation and
represent just one of the ways Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic
violence. We are proud to support local shelters like Brainerd that are on
the front lines of helping women and children who need shelter and support
from abuse."

"We are very pleased to be selected for this generous grant from the Mary
Kay Foundation, especially in these economically challenging times," said
Elizabeth Harris, Board Chair of the Women's Center. "The Women's Shelter
offers services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to hundreds of women and
children who have fled abusive relationships and need a safe haven.  This
grant will go a long way in helping us meet the growing needs of the
region."

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, $37 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations
since 2000.  Nearly 700 shelters requested funding this year.

A huge thank you to the Mary Kay Foundation!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Meet Our Board Member!

Sarah Kath is a Brainerd native and parent of a wonderful three year old, a role she
shares with her partner, an avid fisherman who teaches in the Brainerd school
district in his spare time.

Sarah first witnessed the essential role the Brainerd Women's Center plays in our
community years ago when a friend of hers received much needed help and support from the local Women's Shelter. Later, as an instructor at Central Lakes College and
Advisor for CLC's Equality Coalition where she interacts with vulnerable
populations in the Brainerd area regularly, she again saw the great need for women's
services and support. These experiences prompted her to get involved in the
important work being done at the Women's Center by serving as a board member.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Give to the Max, 2014


Give to the Max Day fundraiser begins November 13th! Please remember the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center when you decide on an organization to donate to. Use this link for easy access:

https://givemn.org/organization/Mid-Minnesota-Womens-Center

We greatly appreciate your generosity!