October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month and CAPSA is the only state and federally recognized domestic violence, sexual assault, sex traffic and rape crisis and recovery center for Cache and Rich counties. James Boyd, development director for CAPSA, says the organization stands for Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse and through the years it has helped victims of all ages faced with the issues associated with these problems.
“Part of this month, too, is the Mary Kay Foundation awards grants to select domestic violence shelters,” Boyd exclaims. “This month we were excited to announce that we were selected as one in 150 shelters across the country that received a $20,000 grant.”
The Mary Kay Foundation was established in 1996 to support issues impacting women. In 2000, The Foundation expanded to include ending domestic violence as part of its mission. The Foundation is committed to funding the life-saving work of women’s shelters and the annual shelter grant program has helped finance critical needs including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling and legal aid.
Boyd says CAPSA has expanded through the years to provide shelter, therapy, education, casework and other resources to those affected by abuse. Last year CAPSA served over 1,300 women, men, and children.
“Each year CAPSA continues to have an increase in request for services with specific demands to help clients escape abuse in our emergency shelter and begin to heal from abuse through casework and therapy. We have continued to grow these programs to meet our clients’ needs which is only possible with financial support,” says Jill Anderson, Executive Director of CAPSA, in a statement. “The timing of this grant is perfect and will truly give the gift of safety and healing.”