The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in Dallas on Sunday with a donation to repair the roof of their transitional housing complex and help with other urgent needs.
“We were notified that through the actions of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s non-profit Archewell Foundation, Prince Harry and Meghan will make a donation to help us recover,” said Shelter Executive Director Jan Langbein , it’s a statement. “This gift will not only meet our critical needs, it highlights violence against women and children internationally, letting survivors know they are not alone.”
The Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support is a vital lifeline for families who have experienced domestic violence, providing an outlet for women in abusive situations. The shelter said the roof of their transitional home collapsed, pipes burst and furniture was destroyed, according to Amy Norton, senior director of Fund Development.
The women and children inside were moved quickly and no one was injured, Norton said.
Millions of people in Texas were without electricity and water after a deadly record-breaking freeze began on February 11.
The shelter closed its doors for the first time in 35 years due to the storm, Norton said.
The world is experiencing a domestic abuse crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic and some domestic support services have been suspended, according to a CNN special report on domestic abuse.
Some victims of domestic violence have faced challenges leaving, including lack of food, shelter, transportation, childcare and job opportunities, according to a 2020 study from Rutgers University. Those factors may have put pressure on them to live in communities close to their abusive partners.
This women’s haven is one of the charities that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have supported since they officially stepped down from royal duties.
Beyond roof repairs, money from the couple’s foundation will go toward the shelter’s immediate emergency response needs, the shelter said.
“Despite the devastating winter storms here in Texas, our hearts have been warmed by the support and generosity of people from all 50 states and five foreign countries,” Langbein said in a statement.
Genesis has since reopened.