Staff report 5:05 p.m. CDT October 7, 2015
“Children’s Inn is incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation and its commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Operations Director Amy Carter. “Each year Children’s Inn serves almost 1,000 women and children in our shelter who are fleeing abusive situations. The grant from The Mary Kay Foundation allows us to continue to provide the safety and support victims in our community need and deserve.”
Children’s Inn has been serving victims of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect since 1977. Its services include emergency shelter, crisis counseling, case management, advocacy, therapy, and parenting support. Children’s Inn also promotes awareness and provides prevention education and training throughout the community. In 1998, Children’s Inn merged with Children’s Home Society of South Dakota. It continues to operate as an independent program of Children’s Home Society. Each year, Children’s Inn provides emergency shelter to over 500 children and nearly 400 women, and provides over 5,500 individual crisis intervention and support services.
“Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “While progress has been made in the United States in meeting the needs of the thousands of domestic violence survivors who seek help each and every day, there remains a significant gap between funding and resources. We know from our work with shelter directors across the nation that the Foundation’s annual grants are a lifeline for many shelters and continue to impact an epidemic that touches one in every four women.”