By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – A $20,000 grant will be a big boost to SAFE Inc.’s budget.
The shelter for abused women and children was awarded the money as a part of a $3 million nationwide grant from the Mary Kay Foundation to fight domestic violence.
SAFE Executive Director Deborah Yates said the funds will help with operations and maintenance for the local SAFE shelter.
In 2010, SAFE assisted nearly 240 woman and children who’d been victims of domestic violence.
“We have really been feeling the effects of the economy this year,” said Yates. “Our grants have been funding less, so we have had to dip into our savings to keep things running. This money will keep us from having to do that.”
Because of lack of funds, Yates said the organization did not budget for things like clothes and medication because they didn’t think they’d have the money to pay for them. With the additional funds from the grant, those things will be added back in.
SAFE will have to match the $20,000 dollar for dollar, but Yates said that still means more services for the victims.
Mary Kay Foundation Board member Jennifer Cook said the company understands current economic hardships for organizations like SAFE.
“In light of the economic downturn and alarming increases in domestic violence, The Mary Kay Foundation’s mission is more critical than ever before,” said Cook. “SAFE Inc. has helped so many women and their families in the Northeast Mississippi area. We know they will use these funds to benefit even more domestic violence survivors and their children and help end domestic violence.”