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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Russell House awarded $20,000 grant

  • The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $20,000 one-year grant to Phelps County Family Crisis Services/Russell House to provide services and help meet the needs of the victims in shelter.
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  • The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $20,000 one-year grant to Phelps County Family Crisis Services/Russell House to provide services and help meet the needs of the victims in shelter.
    It is the first year that the Russell House has received Avon Foundation funding to support its work.
    The grant is part of an annual Avon Foundation for Women program that invites Avon regional offices across the United States and Puerto Rico to nominate local domestic violence non-profit organizations for funding as part of the Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program.
    Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence. Through the end of 2012, the Avon Foundation has provided more than $33 million for domestic and gender violence programs in the United States, including support for awareness, education, direct services and prevention.
    “We are so happy that the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program,” said Sharon Meusch, executive director at Phelps County Family Crisis Services. “With these essential funds we will be able to help meet the needs of the victims here, including emergency costs like ID cards, birth certificates, health care needs, shoes and clothing for appointments. This funding is much needed and will directly impact the lives of those escaping violence.”
    “The Avon Foundation for Women is committed to helping end the cycle of domestic violence and is proud to support Russell House in their work to help end domestic violence,” said Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women. “It is through places like Russell House, and the programs they offer, that we can work to break the cycle of domestic violence once and for all, and ensure safety for victims and their families.”
    Phelps County Family Crisis Services, and the Russell House shelter, support victims in Phelps, Maries, Dent and Crawford counties and delivers essential services including counseling, support groups, health and wellness services, parenting skills groups and court advocacy.
    Since opening its doors in 1994, Russell House has sheltered 1,863 women and 1,560 children from the counties it serves.
    For crisis services, contact Russell House’s 24/7 crisis line at 1-800-998-8340.
    To learn more about the Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, visit www.avonfoundation.org.

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