OTTUMWA — 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. The Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter in Ottumwa received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse.
The Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter provided services to nearly 1,000 victims last year. The Rural Domestic Abuse Program serves 11 counties in south central Iowa. They provide emergency shelter in local communities through the use of hotels, motels and work towards permanent housing as soon as possible. The money will assist them in providing services with the goal of keeping people in their local community whenever possible and bringing services to all of our areas.
“The staff, Board of Directors and the clients of the Crisis Center are grateful for this support from the Mary Kay Foundation,” said Cheryl Brown, executive director. “We depend on many sources of funding and this will go a long way in meeting the needs of victims in our areas. The expansion of our service area to include 11 counties makes this kind of support even more critical. Our goal is for everyone to have a safe home that is free from abuse and we will continue to work towards that in our local communities. We serve Appanoose, Davis, Jasper, Jefferson, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello and Wayne counties in south central Iowa.”
The Crisis Center has been providing services since 1979. They are currently providing Rural Domestic Abuse Program services to 11 counties. They provide a crisis hotline that is answered 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year. They can be reached at 1(800) 464-6340. They provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence.