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MSU's Safe Place receives $20,000 grant

October 1, 2015

The MSU Safe Place has been granted $20,000 from The Mary Kay Foundation. According to their website, the foundation’s Shelter Grant Program awards $20,000 at least one domestic violence shelter in every state in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which begins Oct. 1.

The MSU Safe Place plans to use the grant money to purchase a new van to transport clients and pick up donations, MSU Safe Place and Care Advocacy Coordinator Erica Schmittdiel said.

According to their website, the MSU Safe Place aims to “provide advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. All services are free and confidential.”

The Safe Place was “thrilled” to receive the grant money, Schmittdiel said, especially considering this was not the first time they had applied for the grant.

“We had applied for the grant in previous years and were hoping to get it and we had been looking to purchase a new van for a few years now so this grant is making that a reality so we’re just so happy to have that funding,” she said. 

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