Approximately 50 agencies, businesses, schools, and churches in our five county service area participated in Denim Day this April by wearing jeans in support of survivors. Some groups choose to collect donations for Hope House in addition to their awareness efforts. Funds raised this year totalled over $3,000. Thank you for your support!
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:
- Kitchen: Can Openers, Paper Towels
- Food: Cereal, Juice Boxes, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Canned Food (tuna, chicken, fruit)
- Cleaning Supplies: Disinfectant Spray, Toilet Paper
- Program Supplies: Sunscreen, Bubbles, Frisbees, Tote Bags
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.
- Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse: “The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy. One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front door changed every day and she could not figure out why. Still another told an abuse help line that she kept hearing the doorbell ring, but no one was there. Their stories are part of a new pattern of behavior in domestic abuse cases tied to the rise of smart home technology. Internet-connected locks, speakers, thermostats, lights and cameras that have been marketed as the newest conveniences are now also being used as a means for harassment, monitoring, revenge and control”…Read more
- Domestic Violence Still Counts: NNEDV’s 12th Annual National Census: “Today, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) released results from the National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census) in its 12th Annual Domestic Violence Counts Report. For 24 hours, the Census surveys domestic violence programs across the United States and territories to create a one-day snapshot of the services provided to survivors and their children…On this year’s Census Day, 11,441 requests for services could not be met due to a lack of funding”…Read more
- Attorney General Further Jeopardizes the Lives of Domestic Violence Victims: “‘This heartbreaking decision further jeopardizes already vulnerable victims of horrific domestic violence who have nowhere else to turn,’ said NNEDV President and CEO, Kim Gandy. ‘I hope individual immigration judges will use their own discretion to take these factors into account, and provide humanitarian relief to these survivors and their children.’ ‘Asylum in the United States is, for many victims of domestic violence, literally lifesaving. Those affected by today’s decision have already faced extreme violence, and this decision will send them back to horrific abuse, or even death. In some countries, abusers are injuring and maiming their victims with impunity, and asylum seekers have nowhere else to turn,’ continued Gandy. While this ruling does not definitively prevent all domestic violence survivors from seeking asylum, the increased barriers may be insurmountable for the most vulnerable victims, many whom have no access to an attorney”…Read more...Read related article: Sessions Says Domestic and Gang Violence Are Not Grounds for Asylum
- Domestic Violence Expert Resigns From NFL Players Association Commission: “‘The Player's Association contacts that I have would welcome those ideas, tell me they were eminently doable, but that they had to get kicked down the road because 'It was the Super Bowl, it was the draft, it was the season,' she says. ‘And I would come back and reiterate my suggestions, and eventually I found that communication would just die on the vine.’ ‘I realized very little, if anything, was going to happen’”…Read more
- Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling: “While society is chipping away at giving girls broader access to life’s possibilities, it isn’t presenting boys with a full continuum of how they can be in the world. To carve out a masculine identity requires whittling away everything that falls outside the norms of boyhood. At the earliest ages, it’s about external signifiers like favorite colors, TV shows, and clothes. But later, the paring knife cuts away intimate friendships, emotional range, and open communication”…Read more
- Hands off my data! 15 more default privacy settings you should change on your TV, cellphone plan, LinkedIn and more: “It’s not just Google and Facebook that are spying on you. Your TV, your cellphone provider and even your LinkedIn account have side hustles in your data. But, in many cases, you can opt out — if you know where to look. I dug into a bunch of popular products and services you might not think of as data vacuums or security risks and found their default privacy settings often aren’t very private. So I collected here some common settings you can change to stop giving away so much”…Read more
- Want To End Sexual Harassment? Landmark Study Finds Ousting ‘Bad Men’ Isn’t Enough: “But a major study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine outlines a more comprehensive way of looking at sexual harassment within organizations and identifies the strongest predictor of such behavior. Surprisingly, it has little to do with individual perpetrators. The study finds that the strongest, most potent predictor of sexual harassment is essentially the culture of the company ― what the researchers call ‘organizational climate.’ If employees believe that their organization takes harassment seriously, then harassment is less likely to happen, according to the 311-page report released Tuesday. That faith in fair treatment acts as a deterrent against bad actors and encourages workers to speak up about harassment ― key to keeping bad behavior at bay”…Read more
- Rashida Jones Made A PSA For Time's Up About Workplace Sexual Harassment: “They wanted to make something, she said, that was ‘not ultra didactic, not going to be necessarily just for women, something that could travel on the internet, something that's filled with facts, and hopefully a little bit entertaining that could help educate people a tiny bit’”…Watch it here
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