Prince Harry and Meghan Markle donated to a Dallas women’s shelter after a record-breaking winter storm left the organization with fallen ceilings and burst pipes.
Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, a domestic violence service provider, announced Sunday evening that they had received a donation from the Archewell Foundation, a non-profit created by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The organization thanked the couple in a tweet and said that the funds will support the replacement of the roof at its transitional housing facility and help meet their immediate needs.
The donations come at a critical time — according to most domestic violence organizations, there’s an increase in violent incidents when people are stuck inside for extended periods.
The shelter closed for the first time in 35 years after last week’s winter storm, which knocked out power throughout the state, including at Genesis’ emergency shelter and apartments.
Genesis CEO Jan Langbein said that as cold weather continued throughout the week, the pipes burst, flooding the organization’s onsite school. Furniture was left covered with insulation after ceilings had collapsed.
Clients were relocated to hotels, other shelters and to the homes of friends and family members.
Genesis said in a tweet Saturday that the shelter had reopened and that donations have poured in from all over the country.