Remedies receives two grants from national foundations

Staff Report

Jane Armitage, vice president of development of Remedies Renewing Lives in Rockford, has announced the domestic violence shelter and domestic violence programs and services operated by Remedies recently received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation and a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

According to Armitage, The Mary Kay Foundation has an impressive history of providing funds to domestic violence shelters; this year, they awarded $20,000 each to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam to maintain critical services and programs.

Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation and vice president of public affairs for Mary Kay, noted, “It’s a bigger challenge than ever for shelters to keep their doors open, and grants from The Mary Kay Foundation are a vital part in helping shelters move forward in their missions.”

The $15,000 received from the Verizon Foundation will be used to expand the Teen Dating Violence Prevention programs offered to schools in Winnebago and Boone counties. Program goals focus on empowering youth by providing them with resources and knowledge about respect and an understanding of themselves and how to develop and maintain healthy relationships with family, friends and peers. Materials from the program will be used to enhance the presentations.

Each year, more than 500 victims and survivors seek shelter and support, and Remedies is there for them, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The grants from The Mary Kay Foundation and the Verizon Foundation will make it possible for Remedies to continue providing prevention and education courses to area youth, provide safe shelter for victims of abuse, and maintain critical programs and services.

Remedies Renewing Lives was founded in 1955 and has one of the largest domestic violence programs in Illinois and the only domestic violence shelter and program serving Winnebago and Boone counties. Remedies serves nearly 2,000 unduplicated victims, including nearly 400 children each year, all at no charge, by providing multiple services including emergency shelter, a 24-hour help or crisis line, counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, and professional training. Remedies is a United Way community partner. Paula Irwin is chairman of the Remedies Board of Directors.

Posted Oct. 7, 2014

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