Welcome to Hope House's November 2018 Community Education E-bulletin!

Thank you to all of the Sponsors, Donors, and Attendees who made our Journey of Hope Fundraiser a successful event!

Thank you to our Journey of Hope Sponsors:

Diamond Sponsors:
Kalahari Resorts
W.R. & Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors:
Log Gables
Chula Vista Resort
Dells-Delton Area Tavern League

Silver Sponsors:
Bank of Wisconsin Dells
Baraboo State Bank
Celebrations Entertainment
Culver's of Lake Delton & Wisconsin Dells
Fearing's Audio-Visual-Security
Flooring Center
Friede & Associates
Ho-Chunk Gaming
Pizza Pub
SSM Health
Steve Pine
Terrytown Plumbing Heating & Cooling
Wegner CPAs
Wilderness Resort

List of generous donors

2nd Annual #PurpleThursday Donation Drive a Success!

October 18 was national #PurpleThursday for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Hope House held our 2nd annual #PurpleThursday donation drive in partnership with MAX FM 99.7, the Baraboo Police Department, Spa Serenity, and Leatherberry Acres. MAX FM 99.7 broadcasted live from our parking lot, Neat-O's Bake Shoppe provided donuts, Coffee Bean provided coffee, and Top Hat grilled brats and hot dogs for lunch. Labrador Delivery Services offered to pick up donations from people who were unable to drop them off. It was a huge success! Thank you to our sponsors and donors for your support!

Thank you Courtney Schell and Cheri Veith from Summit Credit Union for dropping off a $200 check!

Thank you Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation in Baraboo for dropping off items!

Thank you to the Avon representative who stopped by with donations!

Thank you Sawdust Designs for delivering donations!


At the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), Hope House had a luminary display in our front yard. It was in recognition of all the lives lost to domestic violence last year in Wisconsin. Learn more about the 62 lives lost in End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin's 2017 Homicide Report. May we continue to honor the victims and remember the impact domestic abuse has on individuals, families, and our communities.


Mike Domitrz Returns to Wisconsin Dells & Spring Green

Hope House was excited to partner with Wisconsin Dells High School and River Valley High School again to bring Mike Domitrz, international speaker and author of Can I Kiss You? and Voices of Courage. On October 26, he spoke to students at both schools on healthy relationships, asking for affection, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors of sexual assault. Learn more at www.datesafeproject.org. We look forward to working with the schools on continuing Mike's positive messages!

Volunteers during Mike's assembly at Wisconsin Dells High School.

River Valley High School's SADD group handed out Mike's wristbands after the assembly and encouraged students to sign his pledge.


Many thanks to the Culver's franchise office staff in Prairie du Sac for wearing purple and purple ribbons for #PurpleThursday on October 18! We appreciate your efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence and to show your support of survivors!


Hope House's November Wish List

  • FoodCanned meats (chicken, tuna, or beef), Breakfast cereal, Peanut butter (plastic jars only), Hearty soups (pop-top cans preferred), Grains/pasta, Milk, Butter, Sour Cream, Yogurt
  • Bathroom & Kitchen SuppliesDishwasher detergent, Hand sanitizer, Disinfectant spray and wipes
  • Baby Items: Baby wipes, Sippy cups
  • Shelter SuppliesGrocery tote bags

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.

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.


News: Sexual Assault

  • A different path for confronting sexual assault: “As a restorative justice facilitator, my work begins with asking what survivors want from meeting with the person who harmed them. While their answers vary, in sexual violence cases there is a common thread — they want to hear the person who assaulted them say, ‘You’re telling the truth. I did that to you. It’s my fault, not yours.’ They often want this admission to happen in the presence of both of their families and friends. Most survivors are also looking for some indication that the person who harmed them truly understands what they’ve done and that they won’t do it again. Some request to never have to see that person again… Survivors often state that simply being asked questions like, ‘How do you define the harm? What do you need now? What will make this right?’ is the most important part of the process because it allows them to reconnect with their power after experiencing trauma that made them feel powerless”…Read more

  • Our Year of Reckoning: An Exhaustive Timeline: “Exactly one year ago, on October 5, 2017, the New York Times published its highly-anticipated investigation into Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein…Thus began the post-Weinstein reckoning: Women started speaking out more and more about harassment and assault in the wake of the initial ‘silence breakers’ (as they came to be called), and many expected that finally holding powerful people accountable for their alleged misdeeds would usher in unprecedented social change”…Read more

  • Eight Stories of Men’s Regrets: “Late on the Friday afternoon of Sept. 21, the same week that Christine Blasey Ford went public with accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, The New York Times invited male readers to tell us about their high school experiences. Had you, we asked, ever behaved towards girls or women in a way that you now regret? By Monday morning, we had 750 responses…We had to leave out many compelling submissions, because The Times decided we would not publish these stories anonymously”…Read more


Free CDC Training Modules on Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: "Adverse childhood experiences—commonly known as ACEs—affect children and families across all communities. ACEs can impact kids’ health and well-being, and they can have long-term effects on adults’ health and wellness. They can even have consequences that affect entire families, communities, and our whole society. Thankfully, ACEs are preventable. This training will help you understand, recognize, and prevent ACEs. You’ll learn about risk and protective factors, outcomes associated with ACEs, and evidence-based strategies you can use to reduce or eliminate the impact of ACEs and stop them from occurring in the first place. Get the knowledge and insights you need to help create healthier, happier childhoods for kids today, and bright futures for adults tomorrow"...Learn more about the two free online training modules 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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