Welcome to Hope House's November 2019 Community Education E-bulletin!


Join Our Expanding Team!

Hope House is excited to announce that we have received extra Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds to expand our services! As such, we are hiring for several new positions. Please visit www.hopehousescw.org/career-opportunities to learn more about these positions: Advocate - Human Trafficking Focus, Bilingual Advocate - Spanish, Civil and Criminal Justice Advocate, Hotline Shelter Advocate, Legal Advocate, Mobile Advocate, and Sauk County Child/Family Advocate. Please share with anyone that may be interested!


#PurpleThursday Donation Drive Success

Thank you for another great #PurpleThursday donation drive held this year at 99.7 MAX FM! Here is a sample of what was donated: 422 rolls of toilet paper, 130 rolls of paper towels, lots of cleaning supplies, 76 hairbrushes, 117 deodorants, 38 toothbrushes, 43 tubes of tooth paste, and 61 bottles of body wash!

Donations started coming in at 7:05 AM. Coffee Bean Connection donated hot coffee, which was much needed on a cold day! WOOD BBQ Catering was there if people wanted to purchase a delicious lunch. Many representatives from local businesses, along with general public, stopped by during the day with cars full of donations, along with checks, filling the Baraboo Motors Group van. Also new this year, we had some remote donation drop-off locations, and both McFarlanes' Retail Center - Sauk City and Hillestad Heating & Cooling Systems in Lodi collected donations from those communities. Many, many thanks to all who contributed, including our sponsors Spa SerenityGateway Metabolic Weight Loss LLC, and AT&T Baraboo. You are much appreciated!


The Builders Club at Jack Young Middle School is a service club that raises money to contribute to their community. Their first choice was to donate to Hope House. They donated $500 and the Baraboo Kiwanis, the service club that Builders Club is associated with, matched the $500 donation. The checks were presented at the #PurpleThursday donation drive by Donna Baker, advisor to the Builders Club, along with two members and by Kiwanis Board Members Jane Franzen and Matt Balfanz. Also pictured is Mike Ganger from 99.7 MAX FM and Amanda Deppe, Youth Advocate/Educator at Hope House. Thank you for your $1,000 donation!


On October 10, 44 people attended Julie Ann Coggins’ Zumba class benefiting Hope House at the Two Sisters Event Center in Mauston. Funds raised from this event totaled $1,050 for Hope House for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Pictured, from left, are Danielle Pinckney, Julie Ann Coggins and Cecilia Mendoza.

Thank you so much to Kari Langkamp with Zumba Classes in Portage, Amy Teelin with Bravo Center in Baraboo, and everyone that WERQed-out with Hope House on October 12! They raised $380 for Hope House for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We so appreciate your support!


Another Domestic Violence Awareness Month activity - walking in the Adams-Friendship Homecoming Parade with Adams County Victim Witness and Guardians of the Children. Thanks for walking with us!

New this year for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we had purple sashes around trees with information about Hope House at Meyer Oak Park in Sauk City, the Adams County Courthouse, Bowman Park in Wisconsin Dells, Goeres Park in Lodi, Pauquette Park in Portage, and in Baraboo at Oschner Park, Mary Rountree Evans Park, Langer Park, Steinhorst Park, and outside of Hope House, Allure Hair Salon, and the Civic Center. 

Thank you to the Wisconsin Credit Union League for volunteering with us while they were in the Dells for their Young Professionals Conference. They helped with yard work and put up our banner in prep of our luminary display.

Thank you to employees at the Juneau County Justice Center for wearing purple on October 24 for #PurpleThursday. We so appreciate you showing your support of those who have experienced domestic violence and for talking to others about Domestic Violence Awareness Month!


Hope House's November Wish List

Most needed items include:

  • Food: Hot Cocoa, Cereal, Juices, Frozen Pancakes & Waffles, Individually-Packaged Healthy Snacks
  • Clothing: New Bras (all sizes)
  • Household Supplies: New White Washcloths, Gallon Ziploc Bags
  • Baby/Toddler Supplies: Size 5 Disposable Diapers, Baby Wipes
  • Cleaning Supplies: Disinfectant Spray, Laundry Soap, Lysol Laundry Sanitizer/Disinfectant, Bleach-Free Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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 what's listed above), 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.


Domestic Violence News

  • Let’s Get To Work: Empowering Employees to Take Action on Domestic Violence: “From this vantage point of both experience and expertise, we have identified three critical questions you can ask your company to assess whether your organization is ready to support employees who are experiencing domestic violence”…Read more

  • The Power and Potential of Restorative Justice to Address and Prevent Domestic Violence: “We’d like to reach the point where people know what restorative justice is; know where they can go for support and have many options available; are confident that restorative justice can have positive results; and, over time, can bring the values and skills of restorative justice to their own families and communities”…Read more

  • Bresha Meadows Thought You’d Understand: “Being in jail was beginning to remind her of being in her dad’s house. The authorities had complete control over her life — when she ate, when she slept, whom she talked to. She felt entirely powerless. ‘It kind of triggered me, being in there,’ she said. ‘I’m like, y’all don’t understand. I’ve been through this.’…‘It was clear she had sustained some real trauma throughout her life and needed care. And here she was, sitting in jail for excess of 250 days without it,’ he said. He attached study after study to his 21-page motion, showing the negative effects of long periods of incarceration on teens”…Read more

  • Here's Why Domestic Violence Kills So Many Women and Children in America: “According to new data released Thursday by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, 80% of children killed in mass shootings—defined as those in which at least four people other than the shooter died—were shot in incidents tied to family or intimate partner violence between 2009 and 2018…Nearly half of all female homicide victims are killed by a current or former dating partner, according to a 2017 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…A new provision introduced as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a 1994 law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, would prevent those convicted of abusing, assaulting or stalking a current or former dating partner from buying or owning a firearm. However, VAWA needs to be reauthorized by Congress every few years, and the Senate has not yet approved its renewal, even though the House has”…Read more 

  • This Symbolic Ritual Visualizes the Pain of Domestic Violence and Turns It Into Art: “Timed for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the show is an uplifting, transformative experience featuring photographs of 100 women from Cartagena, Colombia, and 100 more from New York City, all of whom have participated in Rumié’s healing ceremonies. In those rituals, female survivors of domestic violence select a vessel created by Rumié into which they breathe their pain, each one ‘recognizing, releasing, and transforming her silent pain into divine breath.’ The white ceramic vessel is later sealed off and labeled with her initials”…Read more

  • She Dedicated Her Life To The Military. Why Didn’t It Protect Her From Abuse?: “In the years since then, the military has incorporated about half of the recommendations, Tucker estimated, crucial steps in bringing it in line with civilian procedures on domestic violence. But 20 years later, victims are still being failed by the system”…Read more


Sexual Assault News

  • Chanel Miller, Rowena Chiu And Defying Stereotypes As Asian Sexual Assault Survivors: “‘There are very few, I feel, Asian voices that come forward with this kind of story,’ Chiu told the group, according to Kantor and Twohey’s book, published in September. ‘It’s not because this kind of thing does not happen to Asian people, but I think certainly within the U.S. we have a whole culture around a model minority that doesn’t make a fuss, that doesn’t speak up, that puts their head down and works really hard and doesn’t cause waves’”…Read more

  • Survey finds evidence of widespread sexual violence at 33 universities: “About one-quarter of undergraduate women say they have been victims of sexual touching or penetration without consent since starting college, according to a survey this year on sexual assault and misconduct at 33 major universities…most victims refrain from contacting offices dedicated to providing aid. Among their most common reasons: a belief they could handle the situation themselves, that they did not consider the incidents serious enough, or that they felt embarrassed or ashamed”…Read more

  • On #MeToo Anniversary, Tarana Burke Talks About the Modern Movement's Impact, Restorative Justice, and Aziz Ansari: “I don’t tell anybody what it should look like, but for me, when I think about accountability, you start with the person you harmed first. So before you bring your face out into the public or whatever, did you go to the people who you caused harm to and ask them what they need? Did you try to have a process, any kind of process, restorative process, with them? And they may say, ‘I don’t want that. I don’t want anything to do with you,’ which is their right. But you have to start there. The second layer of that is, you want me to laugh at your jokes, buy your tickets, watch your specials, and you think you're not accountable to me, and my values are not supposed to come into play on how I spend my money and my time? You are mistaken”…Read more


Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • Safe Secure Kids: An online tool for parents and educators: “The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and d’Vinci Interactive teamed up to create SafeSecureKids.org, an online resource for adults, parents, and educators to role model and teach consent and healthy boundaries to the children in their lives. The website includes an interactive game on consent for children and adults to complete together, guidance for adults, and videos highlighting the importance of these conversations”…Learn more

  • A 15-Year-Old Girl Was Suspended For "Bullying" After Saying There Was A Rapist In Her High School: “‘There’s a rapist in our school and you know who it is.’ Those words, handwritten on a sticky note and posted in a high school bathroom, have led to a Maine teenager getting suspended — not the alleged rapist, but the 15-year-old girl who wrote the note”…Read more

  • Enter “Students with Solutions”: "Students with Solutions, sponsored by Planet Fitness’ Judgement Free Generation®, would be a wonderful Unity Day activity! This is an initiative that invites students to share their creative interpretation of what it means to be intentional with acts of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. First watch the video, then hold a discussion using the guide, and finally: create! All entries are eligible for a chance to win fun prizes for the classroom. The contest is open to all classrooms, grades K-12, and will run through December 31, 2019. Learn more about being intentional with acts of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion."

  • Common Sense Media’s Teachers' Essential Guide to Cyberbullying Prevention: This guide answers questions such as “When and how should I intervene in a cyberbullying situation? What's my responsibility as a teacher in preventing cyberbullying? What lesson plans and classroom resources are available to address cyberbullying? How can teachers work with families to prevent and identify cyberbullying?”…Learn more

  • 11 Social Media Red Flags Parents Should Know About: “Even when new apps come along, adding new features such as the ability to disappear or track your location, they're often not that different from other apps. And if you know what to look for, you can help your kid avoid some common social media pitfalls such as dramacyberbullying, and oversharing...Finally, talking about using social media safely, responsibly, and respectfully is the best way to help your kid identify and avoid red flags. Here are the most common social media red flags, the apps they're found in, and tips for dealing with them”…Read more

  • Do Works by Men Implicated by #MeToo Belong in the Classroom?: “Emily Gowen, a literature instructor at Boston University, asked her freshmen to read Mr. Díaz’s short story ‘The Cheater’s Guide to Love’ alongside his essay in The New Yorker about being sexually assaulted as a child. Then she asked whether it was appropriate for her to assign his work in light of the accusations against him. What ensued, she said, was an ‘unbelievably provocative discussion’”…Read more


Thank you to Garden of Angels in Portage for another donation of pillows in October. We so appreciate your continued support!

Thank you to Baraboo REMAX Grand for your donation in October. We so appreciate your continued support!

Did you see it? Hope House had a billboard for the month of October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month southbound on Hwy 12 on the right hand side before County Road Z/Prairie Road.


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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