Prince Harry and Megan, the Duchess of Sussex, surprised Genes Shelter & Support in Dallas on Sunday with a donation to fix the roof of his transitional apartment complex and help with other urgent needs.
“We have been informed that through the actions of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Archewell Foundation, Prince Harry and Megan will make a donation to help us get back on our feet,” said Jan Langbein, the shelter’s chief executive.
“This gift will not only meet our critical needs, but will also project international attention on violence against women and children, letting survivors know they are not alone.”
Shelter and support for women Genesis is a vital lifeline for families who have experienced domestic violence, enabling women in violence to move out. The roof of its transitional building has been relinquished, pipes have burst and furniture has been destroyed, according to Amy Norton, senior director of the fund’s development shelter.
The women and children inside were moved quickly and no one was injured, Norton said.
Millions of people in Texas lost electricity and water after a deadly record deep freeze that began on February 11. The shelter closed for the first time in 35 years due to the storm, Norton said.
The world is witnessing a crisis of domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic and some support services have been suspended, according to a special report by CNN on domestic violence.
Some victims of domestic violence face challenges in leaving, including lack of food, shelter, transportation, childcare, and job opportunities, according to a 2020 study by Rutgers University. These factors may have pressured them to live in communities close to their offending partners.
This women’s shelter is one of the charities that Prince Harry and former Megan Markle have supported since they officially relinquished their royal duties.
In addition to repairing the roof, the money from the couple’s foundation will go to the shelter’s immediate emergency needs, the shelter said.
“Despite the devastating winter storms here in Texas, our hearts were warmed by the support and generosity of people from all 50 states and five foreign countries,” Langbain said in a statement.
Since then, Genesis has been reopened.