issue - Huron Women`s Shelter
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Inside This ISsue WHO WE ARE A Message from the Executive Director OUR FRIENDS HWS welcomes new office manager Tammy Chambers PHOTO GALLERY Festival of Arts and Crafts - July 6-8, 2012 Interested in becoming a member? HOW CAN YOU HELP? Please consider a donation to Huron Women’s Shelter Look for our holiday donation tear-out postcard RECENT HIGHLIGHTS Take a Swing Against Violence Golf Tournaments - June 20 and June 27 Music of the Night Benefit Concert - June 18 Backpack Donation from Bell Aliant - August 28 WHAT’S NEW? New program supports mothers of young children Stay informed of the latest updates from HWS through social media: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube How can you help? UPCOMING EVENTS Now Needed for Winter and the Holiday Season Breakfast With Santa - December 1, 2012 International Day of Remembrance - December 6 Fa La La La La Benefit Concert - December 16 Huron Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing & Counselling Services Please send your comments, questions or concerns to: Huron Women’s Shelter 376 Huron Road, Box 334, Goderich, ON N7A 4C6 Contact us by phone at: 519.524.5333 24 Hour Crisis Line: 1.800.265.5506 FIND US ONLINE: www.huronwomensshelter.com Follow @huronshelter on Twitter Like Huron Women’s Shelter on Facebook or watch our video on YouTube WHO WE ARE A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: MICHELE HANSEN Season’s Greetings From Huron Women’s Shelter! The holiday season evokes images of cozy homes and happy families. We are all striving to achieve this “Norman Rockwell ideal”. For many of us, the season means baking, and decorating, and more entertaining. We bustle to find the perfect present for everyone on our list and engage with family and friends. The pictureperfect holiday is difficult for all of us to achieve. But for some families it is not possible to achieve that ideal. Huron Women’s Shelter assists families, who have experienced abuse, and we work hard to help women and children create a safe and happy future. During this holiday season, we invite you to give us a hand. In this newsletter, you will find a number of ways to help. There is a list called “Now Needed”. If you want to enjoy a shopping spree, you can add one or two of the items in our list to your shopping spree and then donate them. You can make a financial donation and we will mail out a tax receipt. If this donation is received before December 31st, your tax receipt will be usable in the coming year. You can make a donation and make it a gift for a family member or a friend; we have included a tear-out that you can place in a holiday card that says a gift has been made to us in honour of your friend or family member. We will all be at the grocery store purchasing the things that give us that holiday feeling. As you shop, you can add one or two non-perishable items to your basket and make a donation. Or you can purchase a turkey or a can of cranberry sauce and we will turn that into a holiday dinner. 2 In closing I want to thank the community for the on-going generosity we experience throughout the calendar year, and for the bountiful kindness we have always experienced during the holiday season. May you and yours have a safe and joyous holiday season. Sincerely, Michele Hansen Huron Women’s Shelter now has some new platforms where you can follow us. In addition to visiting our website at www.huronwomensshelter.com, you can “Like” Huron Women’s Shelter on Facebook, and follow us @huronshelter on Twitter for the latest news and information from our organization. You can also check out our recent video, “More than just a bed: Inside Huron Women’s Shelter” on YouTube for an inside look at how our organization works to support abused women and their children throughout Huron County. OUR SERVICES: Since 1985, our shelter has provided safe, temporary housing for victims of woman abuse and their children. Second Stage Housing has been operating since 1991 and provides rent geared to income apartments in secure buildings where women and children can live for one year. Residents are offered individual and group counselling, as well as information on housing, legal aid, financial assistance, and job training. Residents benefit from a feminist analysis of woman abuse, an empowerment model in supportive counselling and the understanding and support of the staff and other residents. OUR PHILOSOPHY: We believe that women, given emotional support, and much needed resources, can be empowered to recognize their own strengths and choose a safe and fulfilling future. HWS WELCOMES NEW OFFICE MANAGER: TAMMY CHAMBERS The Huron Women’s Shelter welcomed a new business/ office manager earlier this year when Tammy Chambers of Goderich joined the team at the Shelter offices. Tammy has stepped in after the much-deserved retirement of Janet Sherratt, at the start of June. Tammy attended and graduated from Goderich District Collegiate and then studied business administration/ human resources at Sheridan College in Oakville. Upon graduation in 1996, she returned home and began gaining relevant experiences in workplaces which make her a great fit at HWS. Tammy started her career at a law office in Goderich which exposed to her a wide range of legal issues, some of which help her understand what women are facing when dealing with the law as survivors of abuse. “When I see the various documents come through here, it helps that I am familiar with the legal terminology,” she says. She then moved on to a five year placement as an executive assistant at the Community Care Access Centre in Seaforth where she enjoyed “the whole sense of contributing to people.” Her last stop before HWS was at the Bluewater Youth Centre where she was an assistant for seven years, leaving just as it closed this year. “All of these jobs have given me a solid background working with confidentiality. I understand the whole sense of security, safety and sense of well-being. I appreciate how to be careful with who you let in and out of the building, making sure people are safe and that you are being cautious about the information you provide,” she says. OFFICE MANAGER, TAMMY CHAMBERS “It feels good to know that you are contributing somehow towards people’s betterment,” says Tammy. “At Bluewater, the residents got to know me as the ‘complaint lady’ – I tried to resolve some issues the residents had and I took their complaints back to the powers that be. In that way, I gained some valuable experiences working with senior management and operational management.” At HWS Tammy says she is enjoying looking at new approaches to efficiencies. Since taking on the role she has helped implement a new accounting software program, which has been a challenging job but one she enjoys. “I’m just excited to get things organized into some new systems, but we are taking baby steps as it’s always so busy here. But busy is good! My days just fly by!” Tammy can be seen flying by herself as she enjoys power walking over her lunch break.. Off hours she is the busy single mom of two boys ages 8 & 10 who both play hockey and other sports. “I seem to be going 24/7,” she laughs. “But I love living here in Goderich. I love the small town feeling.” OUR FRIENDS Tammy comes to her position with both a personal and professional background in social services. Her parents, Lynda and Gary Chambers, worked as registered practical psychiatric nurses in Huron County and fostered an atmosphere of caring, understanding and respect at home. Her father now works for the Huron Perth Crisis Intervention line out of the Seaforth/ Stratford hospitals, taking in calls from people with mental health issues. As well, Tammy is impressed by the work being done to help women and children at HWS. “I really had no idea the depth of the help the shelter provides. It has been a great education for me. Now, when people talk to me I can say it’s a really amazing place with counselling for women and help for children. It’s amazing. The people here are wonderful. I am so impressed with how warm and caring the front-line staff are with the women, how they make the women feel so comfortable and safe when they are in a vulnerable state. Here, women are free to express how they are feeling. It has felt right for me here since day one.” 3 FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS Our annual three-day Festival of Arts and Crafts, which took place between July 6th and 8th, 2012, was a great success this year, bringing in an incredible total of more than $25,000 for the Huron Women’s Shelter. PHOTO GALLERY The event was held in a new, temporary location this year, at Colborne School site (formerly Victoria School) in Goderich. A very special thanks to all of those who supported the Huron Women’s Shelter again this year. Patrons explore the many booths at the annual Festival of Arts and Crafts in Goderich. Artist David Vasquez of Innersoul Art was just one of the over 100 vendors at this year’s Festival of Arts and Crafts. INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER? The Rotary Book Sale was a popular spot for festival-goers. Thank you to all of our volunteers and patrons for making this annual event a great success! 4 Cheryl McKay of Shaggy Chic in Wiarton displays her wide selection of scarves. For an annual membership fee of only $10, you can attend and vote at our Annual General Meeting, and will become a part of the larger voice of our organization within the community. Board meetings are held monthly at the Huron Women’s Centre in Goderich. Everyone is invited to attend. New members are elected annually. For more information, visit our website at: w w w. h u r o nw o m e n s s h e l t e r. c o m / membership.html Please consider making a donation to Huron Women’s Shelter R Give to the Alice Munro Fund R Help HWS purchase gift cards which are used throughout the year as birthday presents for the women and children in our shelter and second stage housing facilities. R Give to the Roma Harris Fund including providing for food, clothing, or meeting the basic needs of the women and children in our shelter and second stage housing facilities. which provides for shelter and care of pets while women are escaping violence. Look for our holiday donation postcard R Allow HWS to direct your donation to any area of need A gift has been made in your name to the Huron Women's Shelter. Your gift will support their important work across Huron County. The Huron Women's Shelter believes that women, given emotional support and much needed resources, can be empowered to recognize their own strengths and choose a safe and fulfilling future. Your gift was generously given by ____________________________. For more information about the shelter you can visit www.huronwomensshleter.com, follow @huronshelter on twitter, like Huron Women’s Shelter on facebook or watch their video on youtube. Your support will make a real difference in the lives of women and children in need. #.................................................. I support Huron Women’s Shelter Name: _________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________ Email: ________________________________ HOW CAN YOU HELP? a benevolent fund which supports the dignity and self worth of women and children by covering the financial cost of things that may be challenging for women in crisis to afford (including dental care, participation in recreational activities, etc.) Please direct my donation to _______________________________________________ Enclosed is my donation for My donation is paid by q$25 q$50 q$100 q$250 qother amount qCash qCheque qMoney order $______________ Thank You For Your Support 5 TAKE A SWING AGAINST VIOLENCE Golf Tournaments RECENT HIGHLIGHTS Our 13th annual “Take a Swing Against Violence” Golf Tournaments were held on June 20 at the Maitland Golf and Country Club in Goderich, and June 27 at the Wingham Golf and Curling Club. On June 18, talented vocalists, including the HuronSong Choral Ensemble, performed for a fantastic crowd at North Side United Church in Seaforth, with all proceeds supporting the Huron Women’s Shelter. The events brought in a combined total of more than $15,000 for the Huron Women’s Shelter. Congratulations to this year’s winners! We hope to see you all again next year! Guest soloist Alyssa Darling Howard sings “Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. BACKPACK DONATION The 2012 winning team proudly display their trophy at the Maitland Golf and Country Club in Goderich (L-R): Eleanor Schnall, Roma Harris, Jan Filman, Michele Hansen. The top team for 2012 at the Wingham Maitland Golf and Curling Club: (L-R) Nadine Wathen, Judy Campbell, Michele Hansen, and Dorthy Fitzpatrick. 6 MUSIC OF THE NIGHT BENEFIT CONCERT On August 28, Bell Aliant employees Gary Muxlow and Woody Woods presented Huron Women’s Shelter with backpacks filled with school supplies as part of their Backpacks for Kids program. The program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, brought in approximately 7,000 backpacks this year. The backpacks were donated by Bell Aliant staff, supplies, customers, and community partners. Huron Women’s Shelter is pleased to be part of this valuable program. NEW PROGRAM STAY INFORMED SUPPORTS MOTHERS WITH THE LATEST OF YOUNG CHILDREN UPDATES FROM HWS Huron Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing and Counselling Services is pleased to offer a new group program for mothers of young children in Huron County. Mothers in Mind© is a group program for mothers who have experienced family violence or other hurtful experiences and have young children under the age of four. It is designed for mothers who wonder about whether these hurtful experiences might be affecting their relationship with their child and their own feelings about being a mom. Mothers in Mind© focuses on the needs of mothers who have recent or past experiences of abuse, and find that those experiences are making parenting difficult. The program provides mothers whose young children have been exposed to hurtful events an opportunity to learn ways to help their young children begin to heal. This program supports women to become the mothers they want to be. Mothers who come to Mothers in Mind© will: • begin to increase their confidence in being able to respond to their children in a sensitive, supportive and effective manner; • learn how to separate out adult stresses and issues from parenting issues; • discover useful ways to cope with anger, anxiety and stress; • create ways to provide a safe, secure environment for their child; • develop positive parenting skills and learn about child development. The group will run for ten weeks and will be offered every spring and fall and may be offered throughout Huron County depending on the location of the referred families to help make this program more accessible. Subsidy for transportation cost is available, as well as healthy snacks and useful items for children. If you are interested in attending or know someone who could benefit, please call to set up a pre-group meeting. For further information, or to refer families please contact Connie at the Huron Women’s Shelter at 1-800-265-5506 ext 232, or Arletta at Second Stage at 519-524-1620 ext 200. Follow us @huronshelter on Twitter Like Huron Women’s Shelter on Facebook Watch our latest video “More than just a bed: Inside Huron Women’s Shelter” on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com watch?v=OBQwf5zWlh8 Visit our website: www.huronwomensshelter.com HOW CAN YOU HELP? At the Huron Women’s Shelter we’re all about providing shelter, support, counselling and advocacy to women in need, and the best way for us to achieve our goals is through your continued support. Here are just a few of the ways you can help us make a difference in the lives of others: WHAT’S NEW? In Canada, more than 1 million children have witnessed violence against their mothers by their fathers or father figures. In recent years, the rate of exposure to domestic violence more than doubled, and rates of major injury are highest among infants and one year olds. Huron Women’s Shelter is reaching out to the public like never before -- and keeping you informed of all the latest updates on programs and services, upcoming events, the needs of our organization, and much more, through social media. Here are some of the places you can find us online: BECOME A VOLUNTEER JOIN OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS DONATE STAY INFORMED Subscribe to our newsletter, visit our new website, orcontact our staff for more information. 7 UPCOMING EVENTS NOW NEEDED FOR WINTER AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON Do the people on your Christmas list already have everything, or do you have someone on your list who’s hard to buy for? Consider making a donation to HWS in their name this year. Donations are gratefully accepted year round, and can include basic needs, personal care items, non-perishable food items, and monetary donations. Some items we are in need of for winter and the holiday season are: • winter coats and snow pants for women and children (toddler size and up) • water-proof mittens and warm hats • winter boots (toddler size and up) • polar-fleece blankets • gift cards to Food Basics, Zehrs, Walmart and Zellers • turkeys (8-12lb) • food storage containers • Christmas gifts for children, teens and women Your support is greatly appreciated, and makes a real difference in the lives of women and children in need. December 6th Vigil INTERNATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: École Polytechnique Montreal, QC Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. Courthouse Park, Goderich 8 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Saturday, December 1, 2012 8:00 -11:00 a.m. Knox Presbyterian Church, Goderich Join us on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 for the 18th annual Breakfast with Santa in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter. Young and old alike (and those inbetween!) will enjoy a wonderful morning of delicious food, entertainment, crafts and, of course, a visit with Old St. Nick. Established by the friends and family of the late Sue Munnoch, a Board member of our organization and a vibrant member of the Huron County community, Breakfast with Santa is held annually to raise funds and spread positive goodwill.