By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG — SVWIT Transitions will receive a $20,000 unrestricted grant today from the Mary Kay Foundation as part of the observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The foundation awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the group announced.
Transitions provides educational programs and services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other serious crimes in Union, Snyder and Northumberland counties. It operates two domestic violence shelters and houses 110 adult and child victims annually.
The Mary Kay Foundation grant will help Transitions staff and volunteers continue to provide financial help and educational programs to clients “to assist them to find economic independence and decrease their likelihood of returning to an abusive partner in order to avoid poverty,” said Susan Mathias, Transitions’ chief executive officer. “We are so thankful for this grant.”
For nearly 20 years, the foundation has supported the prevention and elimination of domestic violence. Through its annual shelter grant program, the foundation has given $34 million to domestic violence organizations since 2000.
“The shelter grants are a signature program for the Mary Kay Foundation and represent just one of the ways we are committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, vice president of governmental relations for Mary Kay Inc. and a foundation board member.
Transitions provides advocacy, empowerment and education to victims, survivors, families and communities to end patterns of violence and abuse.