The Ms. Molly Foundation hit a really BIG milestone recently when we surpassed the $1 million level of funds raised for victims of domestic violence in communities throughout the country! Molly Maid is committed to helping to raise awareness for America’s most underreported crime.
Did You Know?
Facts provided by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. You can find more information on about the Ms. Molly Foundation on our website.
- One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
- 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
- Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
- Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
- Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
Molly Maid of Odessa and Midland Texas Franchise Owners Kim and Marshall Patton were recognized as our company’s 2010 “Ms. Molly Making a Difference” award winners due to their fund-raising efforts to support Safe Place of the Permian Basin sponsored the second annual Concert of Hope to benefit their local shelter, Safe Place contributed to the Dime-ond Level campaign, collected almost $2,000 in financial donations from customers and presented a check for $3,390 to their shelter.
When the Pattons purchased their business in 2005, they got involved with the Ms. Molly Foundation right away.
“We wanted to join the system’s support of this important cause and it really felt important to us,” said Marshall Patton.
Two years ago, the business owners approached a local choir and created the Concert of Hope – a free event to involve the community. Attendees make contributions to the shelter and learn about its work.
“People don’t talk about domestic violence, and an even around music was a way to make people feel good and while supporting a difficult cause,” he said.
Helping community members learn about domestic violence is important as this issue crosses all demographics. According to the Safe Place website, during 2009, 733 adults and children received 14,403 individual nights of shelter; 1,078 adults and children participated as non-shelter clients and received counseling, legal advocacy, support group services, and children’s program services; Safe Place advocates answered 2,436 calls to the 24-hour hot line; and 95 participants graduated from Project ADAM – the 24-week batterers’ intervention program sponsored by Safe Place.
To find out more about domestic violence, including resources for you or a friend or family member, visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.