Elko Safe House Awarded Grant for Abused Women

Elko Committee Against Domestic Violence also known as Harbor House has been chosen to receive a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part of the organization’s annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program. Harbor House is one of 150 domestic violence organizations participating in the program. The grant will be used to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children at $145 per bednight including meals and supplies. 100% of the Mary Kay Ash Funds will match federal and state grants.

“Without Harbor House, many victims and their children would be forced into homelessness, to live in inadequate, unsafe conditions or to return to their abusers.” said Yvette Waters, Executive Director. “CADV needs over $215,000 each year just to operate the shelter program at Harbor House.” “It is so difficult as a rural agency to compete on a national level for funding,” explained Waters. “I want to thank The Mary Kay Foundation for their support. Harbor House is honored to be chosen as a recipient. Not only does the grant help make up for an anticipated deficit in funding but it acknowledges what CADV does with a lot less funding than the cities,” “I’ve been an advocate for 26 years,” added Waters, “and domestic violence is not going away. It’s a daily realization as I watch the many faces go through Harbor House and wipe the many tears that are shed. The Mary Kay Funding will provide an opportunity to share smiles which will light up the Harbor House.”

Domestic Violence Outlook

According to the second “Mary Kay Truth About Abuse” national survey conducted in March 2010, domestic violence shelters indicate the economic downturn has increased demand for services. Shelters also report, the ability to raise funds and provide services will be hampered into 2011. Due to the economy, the survey also revealed:

· 88 percent of domestic violence shelters expect their overall situation will worsen, or remain the same into 2011.

· Three out of four domestic violence shelters (77 percent) report an increase in women seeking assistance from abuse.

· 51 percent of shelters nationwide note the abuse is more violent now than before the economic downturn.

“In light of the economic downturn and alarming increases in domestic violence, The Mary Kay Foundation’s mission is more critical than ever before. Harbor House has helped so many women and their families in Northeastern Nevada. We know they will use these funds to benefit even more domestic violence survivors and their children and help end domestic violence,” said Jennifer Cook, The Mary Kay Foundation board member.