Welcome to the July 2016 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
Denim Day Donations
Many thanks to the businesses, service agencies, schools, and churches that participated in Denim Day in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. By wearing jeans on Denim Day, community members illustrated their support of sexual assault survivors sending the message that survivors deserve to be believed and not blamed. Many of the participants decided to donate funds to Hope House as a part of their Denim Day campaign. This year community members raised over $3,100 to support survivors in our service area. Thank you for your support!
Hope and Healing Quilts
In April, we asked community members from all of our five counties to decorate denim blocks with messages of support for survivors, how sexual abuse has impacted their own life, or pledges to help when someone is being hurt. We received enough submissions to create a quilt for each county. Emanuel Quilters for Christ in Baraboo pieced together the quilt from Sauk County residents, the Lodi Quilt Guild pieced together the quilt from Columbia County residents, Gem City Quilters of Baraboo pieced together the quilt from Marquette County residents, and the Reedsburg Area Quilt Guild is finishing up the two quilts from Adams and Juneau County residents. Thank you to all these quilting groups!
The Sauk County quilt is currently on display in the West Square Building in Baraboo. The Lodi Quilt Guild is presenting the Columbia County quilt at the Lodi Agricultural Fair this weekend. Plans for displaying quilts are ongoing. If you have a location where you think people would benefit from seeing one of the Hope and Healing Quilts and/or have a group that would like a Hope House staff person to present to on our services and show the quilt, please call us at 608-356-9123 or email HHShelter@HopeHouseSCW.org.
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/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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brock Turner, Standford Sexual Assault Case
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