Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities.
May 26th, 2018, Michael Neal, Age 40, Milwaukee, WI
A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection to a fatal shooting that happened near 26th and Roosevelt Saturday, May 26.
Investigators say the shooting occurred during an altercation between Charles Richard and his ex-girlfriend's father, 41-year-old Michael Neal.
The victim's wife told investigators, Neal went to Richard's house to speak with him shortly after 10 p.m..
Officials spoke with Richard, who told investigators his sister told him that a car -- driven by Neal -- had done a U-turn and was parked outside their home near 26th and Roosevelt. Richard said he was scared so he "grabbed a black gun from the kitchen and went outside."
The complaint says Richard went outside and yelled, "What do you want?" or "What are you doing here?" To which Neal yelled back, "You said come over so we could talk."
According to a the criminal complaint, Neal was then shot in the head inside his vehicle.
Richard told investigators he was trying to scare Neal away by shooting the gun, but he "wasn't trying to hit the car or anyone inside."
After the shooting, Richard told investigators he gave the gun to his mother. He also wrote an apology letter to the victim's family.
Richard has been charged with first degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon.
Welcome to the June 2018 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
2017-2018 School Year Presentation Total
May 31 was the last day of school presentations for Hope House's education team. For the 2017-2018 school year, they facilitated 530 presentations to K-12 youth at 42 elementary, middle, and high schools in 19 school districts as well as to teens at the Boys & Girls Club in Baraboo, a group of Girls Scouts in Baraboo, the Sauk County Teens N Theater group, and to teens participating in a Shanty Town event in Lodi. Many thanks to our school and after-school partners in helping us reach so many students with presentation topics, such as respect, protective behaviors, healthy relationships, anti-bullying, internet safety, sexual harassment, consent and sexual assault, dating violence, childhood domestic violence, bystander intervention, gender roles and violence, media literacy, and more.
If you'd like to learn more about or schedule Hope House's youth presentations for the school year or the summer or presentations offered to adults, please contact the Hope House Resource Center at 608-356-9123 or send us an email.
Here are just a few quotes from high school students on their presentation evaluations:
Hope House Donation Needs
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting used stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include the following:
Special Note about Travel-Size Items: We encourage those looking to donate travel-size items to donate them to the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project strives to provide Baraboo School District students who are financially challenged to enter the school doors on the first day ‘just like everyone else’ and to show these children the community supports and encourages them to learn and do their best. If interested in donating towards this project, please contact Becky Hovde at 608-963-8230 or Hivebiz65@gmail.com.
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