The Mary Kay Foundation Awards Family Services, Inc. $20,000 Grant for Domestic Violence Programs

Date: Oct 12, 2015

FSI’s Betty Ann Krahnke Center is One of 150 to Receive Funding in Advance of 
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(GAITHERSBURG, MD) Family Services’ Betty Ann Krahnke Center (BAK), a local women’s shelter serving Montgomery County, received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation. In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Foundation has awarded $20,000 in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for a total of $3 million.

While more than half of the grant recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, others hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve. Family Services will use the grant funding to provide critical support for its emergency domestic violence shelter for women and their children.

“At BAK, we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation and its commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Vivian Levi, Program Director for BAK. “Not only does it make up for a deficit in funding this year, but also gives us hope and strength to continue what we do. Domestic violence is not going away and deserves very serious attention. Programs to help battered women and their children require a lot of resources. That’s why we are so thankful The Mary Kay Foundation is helping us help families in Montgomery County.”

The Betty Ann Krahnke Center (BAK) assists women and their children fleeing and recovering from domestic violence, as well as sexual assault, and human trafficking, are provided a refuge. With the support of the Montgomery County Abused Persons Program, FSI operates the 54-bed emergency, short-term residential shelter where women can heal and begin planning for a safer future for themselves and their children. Interventions include case management, professional group and individual counseling, advocacy, safety planning, and limited child care services—all from a trauma-informed orientation.

“Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “While progress has been made in the United States in meeting the needs of the thousands of domestic violence survivors who seek help each and every day, there remains a significant gap between funding and resources. We know from our work with shelter directors across the nation that the Foundation’s annual grants are a lifeline for many shelters and continue to impact an epidemic that touches one in every four women.”

Since 2000, The Mary Kay Foundation has donated $35.6 million to domestic violence organizations through its annual shelter grant program. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state with the remaining grants distributed based on state population. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands have also received funding through the Shelter Grant Program. Approximate 625 domestic violence shelters applied for funding this year.

About The Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $64.2 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation, please visit or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

About The Betty Ann Krahnke Center

The Betty Ann Krahnke Center (BAK), a program of Family Services, Inc. (FSI), is the only emergency domestic violence shelter for women and their children in Montgomery County. With a 54-bed capacity, BAK provides a safe and confidential short-term residence for families fleeing domestic violence and/or victims of sexual assault. Services include crisis intervention, safety planning, victim advocacy services, counseling and therapeutic interpersonal skill-building, limited childcare and family strengthening activities. BAK’s multi-lingual staff of individual therapists and case managers works to eliminate the cycle of violence and empower women to create a new future for themselves and their children that is free of abuse, coercion and fear.


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