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You're Invited! Hope House's annual Journey of Hope fundraiser is Thursday, October 25 from 5-9 pm at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells. General tickets are $125. To learn more, please visit www.HopeHouseJourneyofHope.org.

Big Dreamers, a non-profit that helps other non-profits tells their story, selected us to create a video for our 35th anniversary this month. Thank you so much to John at Big Dreamers, and all the survivors and community partners that contributed to the film. We're so excited to see the finished product!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

The national theme this year is #1Thing. Each of us can do #1Thing to help end domestic violence, and together our collective "one things" can make preventing domestic violence a reality. Learn more about this campaign and download resources like their photo card, community pledge, action guide, images, and more at nrcdv.org/dvam/1thing

Please join us on October 18 in wearing purple for #PurpleThursday. As part of the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Week of Action, #PurpleThursday is an opportunity to show your support of survivors and to talk to others about domestic violence. Consider wearing purple at your workplace and sending us a photo or tagging us on Facebook, and we'll share it! You can also print off the photo cards at the link above and have your group write down their #1Things to show in the photo. Also on October 18 from 7 am - 1 pm, we'll be holding a donation drive for items on our wish list (see below). MAX FM 99.7 will be live in our parking lot. Refreshments will be available. We'll have #1Thing photo cards that you can fill out and hold in a photo, which we can post on our Facebook page. Don't forget to wear purple!

More information about activities and events for DVAM can be found on our website.

Thank you to Kwik Trip on Pine Street in West Baraboo that donated $1,000 to Hope House during their ribbon cutting this week! We appreciate your support!

Thank you to the Dells Delton Tavern League for donating $1,600 to Hope House on September 11. The funds will be matched by the Tavern League of Wisconsin Foundation. We appreciate your support!

Hope House's October Wish List

  • Food: Cereal, Juice, Granola Bars, Instant Oatmeal, Produce, Milk
  • Bathroom & Kitchen Supplies: Floor Cleaner, 13-Gallon Garbage Bags, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Forks, Size 5 & 6 Diapers, Kitchen Towels, Men's Deodorant, Full-Size Bottles of Hair Conditioner
  • Clothing: New Size 5-7 Women's Underwear, New Size 4-10 Boys' Underwear
  • Program Supplies: Pencil Sharpeners

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

How to Cope With the Current News Cycle as a Sexual Abuse Survivor: “But for some of us who have endured such violence, the relentless coverage and subsequent backlash are taking us to an even more disturbing place. Here, we take a look at how survivors are affected and offer insights from mental health professionals and survivors on the best ways to cope”…Read more

National Sexual Assault Hotline Spiked 147% During Christine Blasey Ford Hearing: “For many of those people, her words and the questions she was asked brought up personal memories. Some shared their experiences on social media, others talked to friends or co-workers and others called into news networks to publicly recall their incidents of assault. It turns out many people also called the National Sexual Assault Hotline looking for help. The National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a 147 percent increase in calls on Thursday compared with a normal weekday on which sexual assault did not dominate the news...Thursday’s numbers were even higher than some recent instances. For example, in October 2016 when the Access Hollywood tape of then-candidate Donald Trump saying he could get women and ‘grab 'em by the p---y’ was released, calls to the sexual assault hotline went up 33 percent”…Read more
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Andrea Constand Stood Up To Bill Cosby. Read Her Statement In Full.: “On Tuesday, former Temple University women’s basketball coach Andrea Constand and her family awaited the sentencing of Bill Cosby...Constand wrote a powerful statement on the assault and the crushing process of navigating the criminal justice system. That statement was made public for the first time on Tuesday”…Read more


News: Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Claimed 62 Lives in Wisconsin in 2017: Each year End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin releases an annual report of how many people are killed each year due to domestic violence.  In 2017, the number totaled 62, a rate of 1 death every 6 days, including a case from Pardeeville where police responded to a domestic violence incident and fatally shot Thomas Selje who had threatened his wife with a gun and fired shots at law enforcement. Please note that the Lethality Assessment Program mentioned in the report has been implemented in Adams and Marquette Counties. If you'd like to learn more about Hope House's role in this program or efforts to implement it in our other three counties, please call us at 608-356-9123 or email hhoffice@hopehousescw.org. Read the summary, key findings, homicide prevention program, and brief descriptions of the cases here

Houston Astros fan allegedly kicked out of stadium for displaying domestic abuse hotline sign at game: “Team fan Kevin Jukkola created the sign to protest the Astros’ ‘morally bankrupt’ decision this summer to acquire pitcher Roberto Osuna from the Toronto Blue Jays”…Read more

The Global Cost of Domestic Violence: “Domestic violence costs the world 25 times more than war and terrorism, according to research conducted by James Fearon of Stanford University and Anke Hoeffler of Oxford University on behalf of the Copenhagen Consensus Center…The cost of domestic violence adds up to an astonishing 5.2% of global GDP each year. Nevertheless, the amount of research and funding directed at solving the problem of domestic violence is tiny compared to what is spent in pursuit of international peace”…Read more


News: Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

Teacher’s Chart For Explaining Consent To Kids Is Spot-On: “In an article for Tolerence.org, Kleinrock elaborates on how she teaches her third grade students about consent. ‘In elementary school classrooms, one of the first social emotional topics covered is the importance of keeping our hands and feet to ourselves and respecting others’ personal space...In these conversations and lessons, educators are already teaching the foundations of consent, and it is crucial to assign language to the concept of asking permission before touching anyone else’s body.’ Kleinrock also notes that when she broaches the topic with such young children, she’s not even thinking about sex. ‘Instead, we talk about safe physical interactions that occur daily in the classroom and outside at recess, and how to communicate your personal boundaries with those around you’”…Read more…Read related story: How To Talk To Young People About The Kavanaugh Story

The Health 202: Kavanaugh hearing is a teaching moment for teens: “‘I worry for every 15-year-old girl, boy who has been sexually assaulted and is looking to our leadership in D.C. and don’t see the people with power taking this issue seriously,’ she said. ‘I’m worried about what message it’s sending that what happened to them didn’t matter ... because it’s critical to prevent this. But when we haven’t been able to prevent it, getting them to treatment or help or support is critical to mitigate these long-term health effects’”…Read more

6 Mistakes We Make Raising Sons – Kids Books To Prevent Sexual Assault: Check out this list of books for babies to early elementary students on modeling healthy masculinity, treating women and girls as people, asking for consent and respecting the answer, challenging questionable authority, taking responsibility for their actions, and identifying problematic behavior.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month: Learn how you can show your support, about Unity Day on Oct 24, lesson plans, and more from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center


"Hope is the belief that your future will be better than today and you have the power to make it so."

Many thanks to Dr. Chan Hellman who gave his Power of Hope workshop on Aug 31 in Wisconsin Dells
to staff from Hope House, Health and Human Services, Corrections, area schools, and more.
We look forward to working with you again in the future!

Hope House of South Central Wisconsin
720 Ash Street/P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913
Resource Center: 608-356-9123
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