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The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Mary Lou’s Place, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s domestic violence shelter for women and their children, received one of the $20,000 unrestricted grants to maintain critical services and programs for survivors of domestic abuse.

 The YWCA Evanston/North Shore, the only provider of comprehensive domestic violence services in the northeastern Chicago area, provides shelter to nearly 240 women and children annually.

“Our staff, volunteers and clients are so thankful for this grant from the Mary Kay Foundation,” said Karen Singer, president and CEO of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

“We’ve provided a safe haven and support services for women who have fled abusive relationships for the past 30 years. This grant will go a long way in helping us serve the growing needs of the communities we serve,” Ms. Singer said.