Molly Maid Connects to Cause of Domestic Violence

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WASHTENAW COUNTY: Molly Maid connects to cause of domestic violence, helps SafeHouse Center (with video)

Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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By Michelle Pafford Helms, Special Writer In a perfect world, SafeHouse Center's Director of Resource Development Julaine LeDuc said her agency would only need to provide education to the Washtenaw community. Yet sadly according to LeDuc, whose nonprofit agency is focused on building communities free of domestic violence and sexual assault, there is also a need to provide intervention, support and safety to those in critical danger of being hurt or killed by domestic violence. "It's really prevalent in our community. One out of four women are survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence," LeDuc said. "When I say survivor, I mean they are surviving or have survived the impact of domestic violence. But it's hard to talk about for some people."

Danessa Itaya of Molly Maid

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Fortunately, it was something that Karen McKinnon, one of the owners of Molly Maid, was able to talk about when she learned that a maid who was working in her home was also living in a shelter with her son because of domestic violence. Deeply affected, McKinnon then took the issue to others in the company, which has been providing residential home cleaning for 25 years. From there, it wasn't long until Molly Maid began the Ms. Molly Foundation in 1996 to aid survivors of domestic violence. "It has been awesome ... It keeps growing each year. We are just amazed at how creative and how hardworking and dedicated our franchise owners are to making a difference in the communities," McKinnon said. Danessa Itaya, president and co-chairwoman of the Ms. Molly Foundation, said after initially talking to their franchisees about adopting the cause, they discovered that domestic violence affects some of their employees.

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