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Mary Kay Awards $20,000 Grant to LACASA

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LACASA Center announces it is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation. The foundation, headquartered in Dallas, advocates for victims and survivors of domestic violence and annually awards grants to nonprofits throughout the United States.

LACASA provides nearly 30 service programs for victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault from Livingston County.

In a congratulations letter to LACASA, President Michael Lunceford of The Mary Kay Foundation stated, “Your hard work and genuine efforts to eliminate domestic violence have captured our attention. The Foundation’s mission is aligned with yours. We want to make a difference in the lives of women and children who face despair and hopelessness on a regular basis.”

Lunceford continued, “Thank you for all you do to help bring an end to this tragic stain on our society. You are making a difference!”

The Mary Kay Foundation has contributed nearly $34 million to domestic violence organizations since the foundation began in 1996. 

“We are honored that The Mary Kay Foundation awarded this much-needed grant to LACASA,” said Bonnie McArthur, LACASA development director. “The foundation recognizes the scope of our services and the impact our organization has within the community.”

LACASA was formed by community advocates from Livingston County in 1979 and officially gained its nonprofit status in 1981. All services are provided at no charge for victims, survivors and their families.

Funds from the grant will increase LACASA’s ability to provide shelter, counseling and crisis resources for victims and their children whose lives are in immediate danger, said LACASA Center president and CEO, Bobette Schrandt.

“The philosophy of our board of directors is that safety has no price.” Schrandt said.

“Our 20-bed shelter is full to capacity several times a year. When that happens, we never turn anyone away,” said Schrandt. “We pay for a safe place off-site to house victims and their children. This is an expensive, but essential, solution.”

“The Mary Kay Foundation is a national figurehead organization in the fight against domestic and interpersonal violence,” Schrandt said. “We are thrilled to be the recipient of this grant which will be used to help vulnerable individuals and parents with children who cannot return home because it is not safe.”

Every October, The Mary Kay Foundation observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by awarding grants to deserving organizations that work to aid victims and spearhead domestic violence prevention programs.

LEARN MORE about this year’s grant recipients, the foundation, and the 2013 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey >>



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