Walden Sierra Recieves $20,000 Grant from Mary Kay Foundation

CALIFORNIA, Md. (November 16, 2010)—Walden Sierra 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. Walden is one of 150 domestic violence organizations participating in the program. The grant will be used to provide emergency assistance, advocacy, case management and counseling services to victims of domestic violence in St. Mary's County, according to a Walden press release.

"This grant is a blessing for Walden in a variety of ways," said Kathleen O'Brien, Executive Director. "Economic times continue to be tough, and yet our commitment to provide the best possible services to victims remains as strong as ever. Domestic violence is not going away and deserves very serious attention in our community. Victims fleeing abuse require a lot of resources, particularly when children are involved. That's why we are so thankful The Mary Kay Foundation is joining us to help courageous individuals and families seeking help in St. Mary's County. It means we are able to offer more victims help for today; hope for tomorrow."

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," said Jennifer Cook, The Mary Kay Foundation board member. "Walden has helped so many women and their families in St. Mary's County, serving hundreds of victims annually. We know they will use these funds to benefit even more domestic violence survivors and their children and help end domestic violence."

Walden Sierra, Inc. is a 501c3 charity. They are a United Way agency and receive both private and public funding, including funding from St. Mary's County.

Walden's 24 hour crisis hotline is 301-863-6661.

More information is available on their website www.waldensierra.org.

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