DALLAS – May 28, 2015 – New Beginning Center, a domestic violence shelter known for offering a helping hand to women and children is now on the receiving end after a major plumbing repair totaling $15,000 impacted the Garland, Texas center. Knowing many shelters operate on a lean budget, The Mary Kay FoundationSM is providing a $15,000 emergency grant to the shelter located near the iconic beauty company’s global headquarters.

“We have worked with domestic violence shelters since the Foundation’s inception in 1996 and we know that every dollar is allocated for the life-saving work the shelters provide on a daily basis and any unexpected expense can threaten the overall operation of these critical safe havens,” said Anne Crews, Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. and a board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “We hope that providing this emergency grant to the New Beginning Center will allow the shelter to continue its work in providing help so desperately needed by women and children in our area.”

New Beginning Center is a non-profit organization and one of the only domestic violence agencies in the northeast sector of Dallas County offering a full range of services for families overcoming abuse. Last year, the shelter served nearly 200 women and more than 150 children.

“The emergency grant from The Mary Kay Foundation allows us to complete repairs and ensure we have a safe and secure home for our families,” said Cindy Turek, Chief Executive Officer at New Beginning Center. “Our 33-bed facility stays at capacity and we strive to provide families a temporary home with dignity, which is not possible with a sewer leakage and major plumbing problems. Mary Kay was a savior for us and now we can focus on our families and deliver the critical services they need to overcome domestic violence.”

Since 2000, the Foundation has given more than $32 million in shelter grants to nearly 1,900 shelters across the United States. 

About The Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay FoundationSM was founded in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded $34 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $20 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

About New Beginning Center

New Beginning Center's primary goal is to help domestic violence victims rebuild their lives in a safe and healthy environment. With more than 30 years' experience, we understand the importance of individualized care. The organization strives to deliver the level of social support that will increase the likelihood of success for each family member as healthy, thriving adults. As the only designated domestic violence agency in the northeast sector of Dallas County, New Beginning Center serves Dallas, Richardson, Garland, Mesquite, Rockwall, Rowlett and Sachse. Thanks to our community partners, last year we provided transitional housing for 14 families (including 36 children) who would otherwise be homeless. Our shelter served 193 women and 151 children fleeing violent and abusive homes. Our Victim Outreach Program served 820 people.  Our Battering Intervention and Prevention Program served 296 individuals last year. Additionally New Beginning Center Community Educators worked with more than 10,000 middle school and high school teens, engaging them in meaningful discussions about respect and boundaries. For more information, see http://www.newbeginningcenter.org