Welcome to Hope House's December 2018 E-Bulletin

Join Our Team!

Join our team of change-makers and help transform lives impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Hope House is accepting applications for a full-time Director of Finance and Operations, full-time 2nd Shift Advocate, full-time Outreach Advocate, and part-time 2nd & 3rd Shift Shelter Staff. Learn more and download an application here

Pictured Left to Right: Ellen Allen, Deborah Karr, and Sheila Link.

Thank you to Sheila Link Agency, Inc - American Family- Portage, Baraboo, WI! Hope House received a $1,000 donation from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation. The Dreams Foundation recently asked customers to nominate nonprofit organizations in their communities as a way to say thank you and give back to their communities. The Foundation is giving a total of $250,000 to 250 nonprofit organizations across the U.S. Hope House was selected from more than 11,000 nominations to receive this Community of Dreamers donation. Deborah Karr, an American Family Customer of the Sheila Link Agency Inc., nominated Hope House "because of the incredible services that they provide to the community." "We're thankful for the opportunity to support our local communities," says Sheila Link. "We're proud to make this donation and hope others will be inspired to do the same." Thank you for your support Sheila, and thank you Debby Karr for the nomination!

Many thanks to Lands' End Reedsburg Distribution Center! They dropped off a $500 check from Lands' End and a $674 check from a purse auction they held at their facility. The decision was made to donate it all to Hope House this year. They also brought 16 new sweaters in large and XL for the survivors we work with. Thank you for your support!


December Wish List

  • FoodCoffee, Milk, Produce, Fruit Cups, Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • ClothingSlippers (kids and adults), Pajama pants (men and women)
  • Cleaning SuppliesLaundry detergent, Dishwasher detergent, Toilet bowl cleaner, Tissues
  • Program SuppliesColored pencils, Wrapping paper
  • Housewarming Gift: 6 quart Slow Cooker

Hope House also accepts used cell phones, smartphones, iPods, and iPads as we send them to a recycling center to later be used as 911 cell phones and receive a cash donation.

Donations can be dropped off at 720 Ash Street in Baraboo. Questions? Please call us at 608-356-9123. Thank you!

Please note that at this time we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, used books, clothes (except for new sweat pants and sweat shirts, socks, and underwear), shoes, TVs, bar soap, furniture, or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or lotion. 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. Becky Hovde is the contact, and she can be reached at 608-963-8230 or Hivebiz65@gmail.com.

Holiday Wish List

Looking to donate presents to survivors and their families? Here is a suggested list for kids, teens, and adults:

  • Board games (like Jenga, Uno, Candyland)
  • Educational toys for toddlers-elementary age
  • Arts and craft supplies 
  • Sports balls
  • Family-friendly DVDs
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bath/shower products
  • Manicure/pedicure sets
  • Body lotions and hand creams
  • Journals
  • Calendars or weekly planners
  • Gloves
  • Tea and coffee
  • Chocolate and candy
  • Wal-Mart gift cards, fuel cards, spa certificates


Holidays are often a difficult time for survivors. Thank you for helping make it a little brighter!


Thank you to the Athletic Directors and coaches that came to our Coaching Boys Into Men and Athletes as Leaders training workshop at CESA5 in Portage! We are excited to work with you on giving our male and female athletes the skills to build healthy relationships and to stand up against sexual harassment and dating violence! Interested in bringing this training to your school? Contact us at 608-356-9123.


News: Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Violence Is The Most Common Killer Of Women Around The World: "Last year, 87,000 women were murdered around the world, and more than half (50,000 or 58 percent) were killed by partners or family members. Over a third (30,000) of those intentionally killed last year were murdered by a current or former intimate partner. This means that, globally, six women are killed every hour by someone they know. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres described violence against women as a 'global pandemic' in a Sunday statement marking the international day of recognition. 'It is a moral affront to all women and girls, a mark of shame on all our societies and a major obstacle to inclusive, equitable and sustainable development,' he said. 'At its core, violence against women and girls is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect ― a failure by men to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women. It is an issue of fundamental human rights'"…Read more…Read related article: At Chicago's Mercy Hospital, domestic violence became multiple homicide. It's part of a disturbing pattern.

Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • Betsy DeVos's New Harassment Rules Protect Schools, Not Students: "First, the rules significantly narrow what counts as sexual harassment…Second, under the rules, a school need only respond to sexual harassment that occurs within a school program or activity…Third, under the rules, the department would hold a school liable only if a narrow set of school staff members had 'actual knowledge' of alleged sexual misconduct…The fourth big change limits the department to holding schools accountable only when they are 'deliberately indifferent' to sexual harassment…By granting so much deference to 'local school leaders' to decide how — and whether — to respond to a student's harassment claim, Ms. DeVos all but abdicates her department's authority to hold schools accountable for violating students' rights"…Read more

    • Learn how you can help stop these proposed changes by submitting your own comment here

    • Comments must be submitted by January 28. Please consider sharing this information with the teens in your life; with parents of kids, teens, and young adults; and with school staff. If you would like a Hope House representative to come to your school, parent group, church, etc., to help facilitate a comment-writing event, please call Jess at 608-356-9123 or email her at jessicar@hopehousescw.org. 

  • How Schools Can Reduce Sexual Violence: "In its workshops at high schools, Day One uses a version of the positive social norms approach adapted from alcohol education programs…Once they learn that their fellow students agree on things like supporting survivors, the next step is to make that positive social norm more visible…Day One's final workshop session focuses on how and when to intervene if students witness something like a boy trying to maneuver an obviously intoxicated girl into a bedroom at a party. Anyla, one of the more outspoken members of the class, says, 'What I learned today is, you not saying anything is making it look like it's OK, and it will continue'"…Read more

  • Boy Talk: Breaking Masculine Stereotypes: "Experts say the more boys are encouraged to learn how to talk with emotional authenticity, respectfully, the healthier they are and the less likely they are to grow into the kind of men who leave destruction in their wake…Many of the boys at Sheridan mentioned 'feeling alone' because of the thoughts and feelings they couldn't express without being 'judged' or, worse, bullied. 'This pulls a lot of stress off my shoulders,' said Harrison Goodweather, a seventh grader. 'This is the one place where I feel safe,' he said, a sentiment expressed by many of his Boys' Group peers. 'I leave this group feeling better about being in school because I know that I'm not so alone about the things that worry me so much'"…Read more

  • Common Sense Media's Books to Inspire Young Activists: "From stories of the authors' own activist experiences to how-to guides with tips on everything from organizing a rally to using social media to get the word out, these books offer a glimpse into the planning and passion that go into youthful activism. For more books about peaceful protest, check out our Civil Rights Books and Books with Stories of Extraordinary Women"…View the list here

  • Common Sense Media's Top Tools for Building Mindfulness in the Classroom: "Help students develop mindfulness with these hand-picked apps and websites. Through meditation exercises, physical activities, calming strategies, and role-playing scenarios, kids can benefit in and out of the classroom"…View the list here


Hope House of South Central Wisconsin
720 Ash Street/P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913
24-Hour Confidential Helpline: 608-356-7500 or 1-800-584-6790
Resource Center: 608-356-9123

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