With a funding deficit and increased demand for services this year, the local Time Out, Inc. shelter finds itself asked to do more with less.
A $20,000 grant from the Mark Kay Foundation, awarded as part of the organization’s annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program that supports shelters throughout the nation, has come just in time.
“This grant is such a blessing to Time Out in a variety of ways,” said Linda Timmer, director of operations.
“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.”
The grant will help fund a portion of Time Out’s services to victims of domestic violence in need of emergency shelter and related services.
According to a national survey the foundation conducted in March, domestic violence shelters across the country indicate the economic downturn has increased demand for services.
Shelters also report that the ability to raise funds and provide services will be hampered into next year.
“Domestic violence is not going away and deserves very serious attention,” Timmer said.
“Programs helping 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 Gila County.”
Time Out, Inc. is one of 150 domestic violence organizations across the United States receiving grant funding.
“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, foundation board member. “Time Out has helped so many women and their families in the Gila County area. We know they will use the $20,000 Mary Kay Foundation grant to benefit even more domestic violence survivors and their children and help end domestic violence.”
Besides funding, Mary Kay representatives frequently volunteer at Time Out.
For 10 years, Clarice Christensen, a local Mary Kay beauty consultant, has volunteered and supported Time Out’s victim services programs.
“Christensen dedicates time on a regular basis to teach shelter residents about positive self image and presentation, and also helps out at our annual fund-raisers,” Timmer said. “Volunteers like Christensen make such a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.”
For more information on Time Out, visit www.timeoutshelter.org.