When a women’s shelter was badly damaged during the brutal winter storms that recently hit Texas, a famous couple came to the rescue—with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle donating to get the vital facility back on its feet.
Every year, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support gives around 3,700 women and kids in abusive situations a route towards a safe and stable life. But during storm Uri, its buildings—which includes transitional housing, a school, and offices—were badly damaged. Pipes burst, a roof caved in, furniture was destroyed. For the first time in nearly 40 years of operation, the Dallas-based facilities had to close.
Luckily, word of the damage got out to generous people around the world—including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Today, the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility & helping us meet our immediate needs. THANK YOU, ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION! pic.twitter.com/rFtxzvtFRo
— Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (@GenesisShelter) February 22, 2021
Making a donation through their nonprofit the Archewell Foundation, Meghan and Harry have been helping replace a damaged roof and make repairs at the women’s shelter.
“Not only will this gift provide for our critical needs,” stated Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, “it shines an international spotlight on violence against women and children, letting survivors know that they are not alone.”
Further donations have come in from people across the States and abroad. Because of people’s generosity, the shelter is open for women and children in need once again.
This might be just a photo of a bed, but it was taken in our emergency shelter today & that reflects the fact that a survivor of domestic violence will have a safe place to rest her head tonight. We are so grateful for the support we’ve received from all 50 states – YOU did this! pic.twitter.com/f5YSzZk3t1
— Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (@GenesisShelter) February 20, 2021
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who announced on February 14 that they are expecting a second child, reconfirmed their commitment to philanthropy this month.
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“We can all live a life of service,” they stated earlier this month. “Service is universal.”
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