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Mary Kay Foundation donates $25,000 to Hope

The Only Domestic Violence Shelter in Collin County Receives Helping Hand Following a Devastating Leak

DALLAS (June 3, 2014) –
Hope’s Door, a domestic violence shelter known for offering a helping hand is now on the receiving end after a devastating plumbing leak forced the Plano, Texas center to close its doors to new clients. With a $25,000 repair bill looming, the shelter is already currently at capacity and began sending women and children elsewhere. Knowing how difficult it is for families seeking shelter and safety from domestic violence, The Mary Kay FoundationSM is providing today a $25,000 emergency grant to the shelter located near the iconic beauty company’s global headquarters.

“When we heard about a domestic violence shelter in our area closing its doors to women and children due to the costs associated with repairing a major plumbing leak, we knew we wanted to step in and give back to our local community,” said Anne Crews, Vice President of Government Relations for Mary Kay Inc. and a board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “The fact that Hope’s Door is currently at capacity with more clients calling each and every day, shows that there is a real need in our own backyard. We hope that by providing this emergency grant, it will give the shelter the option to keep its doors open and all beds available to those who so desperately need help.”

Since the Foundation’s inception in 1996, it has awarded $34 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention including two grants to Hope’s Door. In 2007 and again in 2012, the Foundation gave a $20,000 grant to the Collin County shelter, making today a total of $65,000 in grants to Hope’s Door.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement over the emergency grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM,” said Pat Tosi, Chief Executive Officer for Hope’s Door. “Like most domestic violence shelters, we operate on a very lean budget and simply did not have an extra $25,000 to spend on repairing the damage caused from the plumbing leak. We operate at capacity 90 percent of the time and could not open our doors to any new families until this problem was rectified. We have 20 women and children currently living in our facility and this donation means not only continuing our work with those families but also providing a safe haven for new clients.”

About Hope’s Door

Hope’s Door is a shelter and counseling center that offers comprehensive programs and services designed to help break the cycle of domestic violence to families in Collin County, Dallas County and surrounding areas. Since its inception in 1986, Hope’s Door has provided emergency shelter for over 6,000 women and their children and answered more than 30,000 crisis line calls. Counseling and education programs are also offered to community members affected by domestic violence.

About The Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation 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 or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).