A young mother named Julie came to a stark realization: She needed to escape her abusive husband – and fast. His physical abuse was quickly becoming more and more brutal. She feared for her own safety and her young son’s safety. But, like many victims of domestic violence, she felt she had nowhere to turn.
In desperation and fear – just minutes before her husband was to return home one afternoon – Julie took her son to a local hospital and asked for help. Within an hour she was on her way to a domestic violence shelter where she received free housing, food and personal care items until she was able to find a safe place to live.
Julie is one of thousands of women in the United States who’ve been helped by domestic violence shelters and safe houses already this year. Molly Maid and the Ms. Molly Foundation are proud to help women like Julie through donations to local shelters and safe houses. “The Ms. Molly Foundation was established in 1996 as a non-profit organization focused on promoting education on domestic violence-related issues,” said Kristi Mailloux, President of Molly Maid, Inc.
During the month of October – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – many Molly Maid businesses nationwide will donate a portion of their service fees to local domestic violence shelters. This is the 13th year Molly Maid has participated in the annual “Making a Difference” drive. In 2008, the drive raised more than $127,500 for local shelters and safe houses. In total, the drive has raised more than $725,000 since 1996.
Please join Molly Maid in Making a Difference for victims of domestic violence. For more information on how to participate – or to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Ms. Molly Foundation – visit http://www.mollymaid.com/MainMsMollyFoundation.aspx.