The Mary Kay Foundation, a decades-long leader in the mission to eliminate domestic violence, recently donated $25,000 to Denton County Friends of the Family.
Friends of the Family is an organization that serves individuals and families seeking safety and recovery from experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault. Since 1980, it has been the sole provider of free, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Denton County. The agency began with a staff of two—after many years of growth and development, Friends of the Family has a staff of 65 and over 600 volunteers. Friends of the Family victim services are designed to be comprehensive in response to all types of abuse that many victims of domestic violence and sexual assault endure.
“Through the Mary Kay Foundation, Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic violence,” said Melinda Foster Sellers, chief people officer with Mary Kay. “It’s personal for us as a company. We strive to educate the public on this epidemic and partner with advocates like the Denton County Friends of the Family to provide helpful tools and resources to the public.”
“We are humbled and grateful for The Mary Kay Foundation’s continued support of our organization,” said Toni Johnson-Simpson, executive director with Denton County Friends of the Family. “The funds provided will be used to secure services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who come to the agency seeking help. As experts in the field, this grant will better enable us to put our clients on the path of safety, hope, healing, justice and self-sufficiency.”
Over the course of more than two decades, The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded more than $78 million to women’s shelters and domestic violence service providers, as well as cancer research programs and related causes throughout the United States.