Lantern Memorial Project: 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 memorial 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 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.
The obituary for Donald Simon is not available at this time. If it becomes available online, we will re-post it here.
"A Baraboo woman accused of stabbing her brother to death told investigators the incident resulted from a dispute over cigarettes.
In court Friday, a judge ordered that 58-year-old Anne M. Simon remain jailed on a $40,000 cash bond. She has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of her brother, 56-year-old Donald E. Simon.
The criminal complaint filed Friday in Sauk County Circuit Court says Simon told investigators that her brother had been verbally abusive toward her, asking her for cigarettes early Monday morning.
'At one point, while she was standing at a kitchen counter, he approached her from behind, placed his hands roughly on her shoulders and yelled at her about his cigarettes,' the complaint says. 'She grabbed a knife from the counter, turned and stabbed him in the chest.'
The complaint says the man walked back to the recliner where he had previously been seated, and that Simon saw him collapse onto the floor on his back.
Prosecutors say that incident occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., after which Simon went to her room and went to sleep. About 9 hours later, she awoke to find her brother in the same position, dead on the floor, and called 911, according to the complaint.
Officers arrived at Simon’s Town of Delton home Monday morning to find her brother lying dead on his back on the floor in front of the recliner. An autopsy at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison determined the man died of a stab wound that pierced his heart.
The medical examiner told authorities that Simon’s brother would have died very quickly from the wound he suffered. During a search of the home, investigators allegedly found knives in the basement.
'Crime Lab personnel found a set of Chicago Cutlery knives hidden in the foundation of the residence in the basement,' the complaint states. 'Officers had to break through the concrete block foundation wall to recover some of the knives.'
Investigators say Simon admitted to placing the knives in the basement foundation walls, but had no explanation as to why she had done that.
Simon appeared in court Friday for a bond hearing via video conference from the Sauk County jail with Baraboo attorney Greg Sacra.
Sauk County District Attorney Kevin Calkins asked that the judge impose a cash bond of $100,000, noting that Simon has reason to flee because she faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison if convicted. He also said she has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions of drunken driving, disorderly conduct, battery and resisting an officer"...Read the full article in the Baraboo News Republic
Hope House is currently hiring a full-time Community Educator, a full-time Client Advocate (Legal Focus), and we are always accepting applications for a part-time Shelter Advocate. More information is located on our Career Opportunities page. Please share with anyone that may be interested.
Welcome to the December 2014 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
Hope House's Holiday Wish List
Around the holidays, people often ask what gift items they can donate to Hope House for the people we work with. Here is our holiday wish list:
- For Children and Teens: board games, arts and craft supplies, pajamas, slippers, jewelry, candy or chocolate, sports balls, winter outdoor toys and activities, gloves or mittens, socks, family-friendly DVDs and toys
- For Adults: area spa certificates, Walmart gift cards, gas cards, bathrobes, slippers, bath products, manicure/pedicure sets, coffee or tea, calendars or weekly planners, journals, gloves or mittens, socks and underwear
Please note that all items should be donated unwrapped. You may donate wrapping paper if you wish for parents to be able to wrap the presents for their children.
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 stuffed animals, clothes (except for sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include
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 email@example.com.
High School Students Re-Writing Unhealthy Lyrics
One of the presentations that Hope House offers for teens involves analyzing song lyrics for healthy and unhealthy messages about relationships. Students then take lyrics that are unhealthy and re-write them into a more positive message about relationships. Below are a few examples of what students recently wrote during a presentation to the Portage High School Sophomore English classes and the Montello High School health class.
Faith Communities' Section
- 16 Days: From Peaceful Homes to a Peaceful World: The Faith Trust Institute is releasing a blog post for each day during the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence. The first post comes from Rev. Marie Fortune: “‘From Peaceful Homes to a Peaceful World’ is the theme of 16 Days. Take a moment to reflect on where we would be if the vibrant, curious girls of the world had been able to develop and grow as God intended. Imagine the things they could have accomplished had they been spared their suffering. Celebrate the amazing things we have accomplished, despite it all”...Read more
- 16 Days of Activism Resources: The ‘We Will Speak Out’ International Coalition has produced its first resource specific to the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The resource for prayer, reflection and action during the 16 days is available for use by individuals, churches and communities.
- Human Trafficking: Trafficking is Modern Day Slavery. It Ruins Lives. The Church Must Act: “‘The church cannot ignore this issue. We cannot be silent or pretend that this issue is not affecting our daughters, our sisters, our families and the most vulnerable of God’s children. We must begin to pay attention. Lives are at stake. Our churches cannot be silent. We are called to act,' said the Rev. Laura Easto"...Read more
- Faith Leaders for Healthy Relationships Luncheons: Thanks to everyone that participated in the QPR Suicide Prevention luncheons on Nov. 12 and 19 in Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells. Debbie Millman and Liesa Zastrow from Columbia County Human Services trained over 50 people on recognizing the signs of suicide and on how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. More information about the next luncheon in late January coming soon!
- See the Signs: "The Ohio Domestic Violence Network and the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence are proud to announce the launch of this new bystander training program focused on employers and employees. Two other projects were funded: The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, focusing on children; and JWI, focusing on teens." Click here to see the training courses.
- SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach: This publication "introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, service sector can become trauma-informed. Includes a definition of trauma (the three 'E's'), a definition of a trauma-informed approach (the four 'R's'), 6 key principles, and 10 implementation domains."
- OVC's Human Trafficking Website: "The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has launched its new mobile-friendly human trafficking Web site, which contains a wide range of information including resources and research from the Federal Government, publications and products from OVC, local and national direct assistance information, and related funding opportunities for victims and survivors of human trafficking, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals."