According to LoveIsRespect.org, about 1 in 3 teens will be in an abusive relationship. February is a great time of year to talk about this issue and promoting healthy relationships. Below are just a few ideas of how you can get involved. Hope House is happy to give a free healthy relationships, dating violence, and/or relationships in songs presentation during February to students at school, after-school programs, or in church groups.
- Feb 1-3 is Break the Cycle's It's Time to Talk Week, an opportunity for adults to talk with young people about relationships. In their discussion guide, each day has a theme and conversation starters. Themes include Openers and Firsts, Share Your Seconds, and the Third Wheel.
- Feb 6-10 is Break the Cycle's #ChalkAboutLove when you can engage co-workers, students, and community members by chalking about what healthy love looks like.
- Feb 13-17 is LoveIsRespect's Respect Week, including Wear Orange Day on February 14 and share the National Respect Announcement on February 17.
- Feb 20-24 is Break the Cycle's Real Week, a chance for everyone, but especially young people, to get real about relationships. The good, the bad and everything in between - it's time to say what's really on our minds when it comes to teen dating abuse. Themes include Music Monday, Talk It Out Tuesday, Wishlist Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Freaky Friday.
The next Empower Baraboo Advisory Committee meeting will be held on February 21 from 6:15-7:15pm in the Baraboo High School library. We welcome all Baraboo area community members who are interested in helping to create a high school environment that is respectful, inclusive, and free of sexual harassment and assault. Meetings are spent planning events that will engage students and staff throughout the high school community. Future meetings will also be held on the third Tuesday of each month at the same time and location: March 21st, April 18th, May 16th. Questions can be directed to Prevention Project Coordinator Nola Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-356-9123.
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/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:
- Kitchen: Non Perishable Food Items, Fresh Produce, Juice, Sippy Cups, Milk, Coffee, Sugar, Creamer, Food Storage Containers, Kitchen Sponges, Dishwasher Soap
- Cleaning supplies: Laundry soap, Broom and Dustpan Combos, Windex, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Bleach, All Purpose Cleaner, Swiffer Floor Dry Sheets, Vacuum Cleaner, Magic Eraser
- Miscellaneous: New Underwear and Bras, First Aid Kits, Zippered Mattress Protector, Copy Paper, Journals, Pocket Calendars, 10-Gallon Storage Totes, Women and Children Sweatpants, especially plus size, Sweatshirts, especially plus size, Pajamas, Winter Boots, Towels, Wash Cloths, Small Lamps
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