Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is awarding $20,000 grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam for a total of $3 million. St. Martha’s Hall was chosen to receive one of the annual grants to further the organization’s efforts to combat domestic violence and provide three meals a day for our shelter residents. This year’s highly sought-after grant slate brings the total investment in The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program to nearly $42 million.
St. Martha’s Hall will use the grant funding to help us partially cover the costs of three meals a day for our 24 residents each day. Other recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, hiring much-needed personnel, completing repairs and renovations or adding programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve.
At St. Martha’s Hall, we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence.
“More than 700 domestic violence shelters nationwide applied for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ shelter grants this year, which demonstrates the overwhelming need to maintain critical services and provide a safe haven for the survivors of an epidemic that impacts one in every four women,” said Anne Crews, board member of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “Working to prevent and end domestic violence is a cornerstone of The Foundation, Mary Kay Inc. and for countless members of our independent sales force. Since 2000, The Foundation has invested tens of millions of dollars in our shelter grant program and without a doubt, we know these funds make a difference in homes and communities across the country.”
Mary Kay Inc.’s global cause-related program, Beauty that Counts, helps support The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program. Applications for the 2018 shelter grant program will be available January 15 through April 30. Please visit marykayfoundation.org for additional information and for the full list of 2017 shelter grant recipients, click here .
About The Mary Kay Foundation℠
The Mary Kay Foundation℠ was created 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. The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has awarded $70.7 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and 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).
Ask and you shall receive. Since posting less than two months ago that the shelter was running low on breakfast cereal for residents, the community came through by donating over 300 boxes! Thank you to Casey & Devoti Law Firm, St. John Nepamuk, St. Monica Small Faith Group, LIFE (Living in Freedom Everyday), and family and friends of staff that gave cereal! This helps us keep our costs low and gives our residents a good start to the day, along with fresh fruit and milk which we purchase.
St. Martha’s Hall now has an Amazon wish list! We will keep this updated regularly with the items we need. Please don’t forget to log into smile.amazon.com before you shop so that St. Martha’s can receive an additional monetary donation from your purchases. We also have a Target wish list if that is more convenient. Please call 314-533-1313 if you have any questions, and thanks for the support. It does take a lot of supplies to house 9 women and 15 children all year-round and your donations help us save thousands from having to purchase these supplies ourselves.
St. Martha’s Hall relies heavily on the generosity of others to keep our shelter running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the 100 women and 115 children we serve on average each year. At this time, the items we need the most are:
- Large, clear trash bags
- Sports bras
- Swiffer sweepers
- Gift cards- Walmart, Walgreens, Schnucks, Target, Family Dollar
Call 314-533-1313 to arrange a pick-up. Thanks for your support!
Thursday, May 11th is Give STL Day, a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
The minimum donation is $10 and the maximum is $100,000. Prize money will be made available to amplify charitable donations. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.
The link to St. Martha’s Hall giving page is here. Last year we raised $2,318 in one day. Please help us reach our goal of $2,500 to support our 24-hour emergency shelter for battered women and their children.
100% of the donation qualifies as a charitable gift. You will immediately receive an email confirming the deduction from the St. Louis Community Foundation.
Join us for a Final Four (trademark of NCAA) themed fundraiser to benefit St. Martha’s Hall on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 7-10pm at 6925 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130. There is no cost to attend the event, but donations are highly encouraged! It will include food, drinks, basketball games to watch and play, and several fun games for a chance at cash prizes. The funds from this event will help cover the costs of renovations at the shelter- new lighting, new flooring, and new paint.
TO RSVP, CLICK HERE. For questions, call Katy at 314-533-1313. We hope to see you there!
Thanks to Major Brands for your donations for this event!
Time Out Against Domestic Violence Project (“Time Out”) is a simple but effective outreach project created in 2014 by the Board of Directors and advocates at St. Martha’s Hall. It is a free project aimed at high school students, athletes, and their basketball coaches to raise awareness about domestic and dating violence and how to prevent it.
All high school basketball teams, male and female are eligible to participate. Last year we had 33 Teams, 438 Players and 117 Coaches taking a Time Out to help stop domestic and dating violence.
The Time Out Against Domestic/Dating Violence Program® has 4 simple parts:
- A scheduled game is designated by the AD or Basketball Coach as the “Time Out” designated game. A provided PSA announcement is read at a timeout or half-time at this game.
- A brief, age-appropriate informational video is shown discussing the harmful effects of domestic and dating violence (before or after a practice; prior to the game).
- Pledge forms are read and signed by players, managers and coaches.
- Team players wear and keep purple Time Out socks provided by St. Martha’s Hall during the game mentioned above. Purple is the Domestic Violence Awareness color.
Time Out occurs during the men’s and women’s basketball season in January and February. February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
- Friday, December 9th@ Winfield (3920 E. Hwy. 47, 63389) 5:30pm– Varsity Girls; 7:00pm– Varsity Boys: Winfield R-IV High School vs. Wellsville-Middletown High School
- Tuesday, January 10th@ DeSmet Jesuit (233 N. New Ballas, 63141) 7:00pm– Varsity Boys: DeSmet Jesuit High School vs. Cape Girardeau Central High School
- Tuesday, January 24th@ Vashon High School (3035 Cass Ave, 63106) 4:30pm– Varsity Girls: Sumner High School vs. Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience
- Tuesday, January 31st @ Nerinx Hall (530 East Lockwood, 63119) 4:30pm– Junior Varsity; 6:00pm– Varsity vs. Mehlville High School
- Tuesday, January 31st @ Rosati-Kain High School (4389 Lindell Blvd., 63108) 4:30pm– Junior Varsity; 6:00pm- Varsity vs. McKinley
- Tuesday, February 7th@ St. Mary’s (4701 S. Grand, 63111) 6:45pm– Varsity Boys: St. Mary’s High School vs. Maplewood-Richmond Heights
- Thursday, February 16th@ Visitation Academy (3020 N. Ballas, 63131) 5:00pm– Varsity Girls: Visitation Academy vs. St. Joseph’s Academy
- Tuesday, February 21st @ St. John Vianney High School (1311 S. Kirkwood Rd., 63122) 6:30pm- Varsity Boys: St. John Vianney High School vs. St. Francis Borgia Regional High School
Unfortunately, domestic and dating violence is prevalent in our society. A sports platform with coaches participating is an ideal way to reach young people and to educate them about healthy, respectful relationships.
For more information, visit our Facebook or Twitter pages or call Katy at 314-533-1313.
Each year, St. Martha’s Hall shelters about 100 battered women and their 115 children. The women and children who come to us are fleeing a traumatic and often life threatening situation. Most bring only what they can carry. In order to give the women and children in shelter the supplies they need while keeping our costs low, we hold a Fall Shower and a Spring Shower every year. Here is a wish list of our supplies for the upcoming Fall Shower:
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels/napkins
- Feminine hygiene products
- Full-size lotion
- Full-size body wash
- Women’s “Keds” – all sizes
- Gift cards- Target/Walgreens/ Schnucks/Walmart
Thanks for all your support!
the ultimate exercise in democracy!
The St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network (SLEVAWN) Court Watch Project is currently recruiting volunteer monitors to observe courtrooms where civil domestic violence cases are being heard and monitor the proceedings in an effort to research any problem patterns and issues within the court system. This project is funded by the Department of Justice.
DUTIES OF A COURT WATCHER
- Attend a 4-hour volunteer orientation.
- Sign up to monitor 1 docket a month for 6 months.
- Go to courtroom on scheduled date and monitor proceedings.
- Dress appropriately for the courtroom.
- Follow Court Watch guidelines while in the courthouse.
- Submit completed forms to Court Watch Project Coordinator within two days of monitoring.
- Be willing to abide by the requirements of Court Watch in terms of how paperwork is to be completed, demeanor in the courtroom, and the commitment of time.
NEXT TRAINING IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 8:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
The training will be held at Woman’s Pace at 8300 Morganford Road, St. Louis MO 63123.
Woman’s Place is located directly behind St. Mark’s Church.
Space is limited and requires registration.
Contact Nina Balsam, Court Watch Project Coordinator, at email@example.com for more information.
Please join us for “A Night of Great Joy” on Tuesday, December 6th from 4:30pm-7:30pm at Garden Party and David store, in the heart of Clayton at 8103 Maryland Ave. THE Mary Engelbreit will be signing books for the benefit of St. Martha’s Hall. Wine and cheese will be served from 4:30-7:30pm. Mary Engelbreit will be signing books from 6-7pm.
Mary Engelbreit’s A Night of Great Joy, is a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas through the story of the nativity.
You can pre-order your book by calling 314-863-5944. They are $17.00 plus tax. You can pay over the phone and let them know how you want the book signed.
Garden Party and David is in the heart of Clayton at 8103 Maryland Ave and offers beautiful floral arrangements, home décor, gifts for your whole Christmas list, and more!
100% of the proceeds from the book sales will go to St. Martha’s Hall to help us provide safe shelter, support, and services to abused women and their children.
Visit the event page on Facebook for more info.!