Our very first challenge of the new year is a one full of HOPE. We hope that you will join our wonderful group of volunteers this year as we bring as much hope as we can, to women and children all over the nation. Something as simple as a pair of slippers that was made with love, can help change a life.
Please join us as we reach out to the women and and children at http://www.hope-coalition.org/.
The HOPE Coalition operates a 24-bed secure domestic violence shelter for women and children that they call "Haven of Hope." They serve approximately 100 women and 300 children each year. Upon arrival, each family member receives a care package with a journal, personal care products and slippers for the mom/woman, and a stuffed animal, coloring book, journal, and slippers for the children.
The development coordinator, Emily Nelson, has reached out to The Pink Slipper Project. "Currently we purchase slippers, or house shoes when they go on sale at local retailers. It would mean so much more to our families to receive a pair that have been created with care and love for someone in their situation. We would be honored if you would consider adding the families we serve at the haven to your list."
This is just what we do Emily, and we would be honored to provide your shelter with slippers made with love.Thank you for reaching out to us.
As I write this post, I realize that we may be able to do even more than provide slippers. I'll share more of my ideas later. For now, let's get knitting, crocheting and sewing! We have a lot of slippers to make. What a wonderful feeling to know that we can meet this challenge. I have no doubt about that.
If you would like to pledge slippers for HOPE, please email your pledge by clicking on the "Pledge Now" link in the sidebar on the right of our website.
A wonderful new year of HOPE awaits the women and children that reside at HOPE Coalition, and we can be a part of that!
Challenge: 100 Pair of women's slippers and 300 pair of childrens slippers.
Update January 31, 2011 - Box of 140 pair of women's and children's slippers shipped to HOPE COALITION.
Update March 27, 2011 - Box of Journals, dolls, 100 pair of children's slippers and 50 women's slippers shipping April 1st. Challenge is complete.
Challenge 2 - February 17, 2011
Hope Cottage - http://www.hopecottage.info/4832.html
Challenge: 100 Pair Total - 50 womens & 50 childrens slippers.
HOPE COTTAGE: Although most people have a mental picture of a warehouse type arrangement, with rickety bunk beds as far as the eye can see and a pot of oatmeal on the stove, living arrangements at the shelter are a very different story. The shelter is “homey”. We do try to maximize space, so each woman will share a bedroom with her children, and at times of serious overcrowding, she may share a room with another woman. There is a common living room and kitchen. While at the shelter, women receive assistance in connecting with community resources and job and housing searches. We offer support and encouragement. We try to help her see the strong and courageous woman who has survived abuse.
We will help her obtain an Order of Protection and accompany her to court for moral support.
Hope Cottage currently has 12 Residents.
3 young girls
Update: March 27th, 2011 - 50 pair of women's and 50 pair of children's slippers readyto be shipped on April 1st. Challenge is complete.
Challenge 3 - February 17, 2011
The Dorcas House (Little Rock) - http://www.urmission.org/ministries/dorcas-house/
Challenge: 800 Total - 400 pair womens & 400 pair of childrens
Outreach to women and children begins at the Dorcas House. We provide emergency services like food, shelter, clothing and crisis intervention to more than 400 women and children annually.
We offer a nine month Domestic Violence Recovery Program led by licensed Christian therapists with longer-term living arrangements available based on individual needs. The curriculum that we offer goes beyond educating women and children about the cycle of violence but rather addresses root problems through intensive group therapy.
Our program encourages women and children to address deep-seeded pain and suffering like childhood sexual abuse, co-dependence and depression. We work cooperatively with law enforcement and court officials to promote the protection and safety of battered women and children.
Challenge for The Pink Slipper Project
400 pair women's - 400 pair of children's
Offered Services to approx 30 women and 30 children per month.
Update: March 27th, 2011 - 135 pair of children's slippers ready to be shipped on April 1st.
Update: May 7th, 2011 - 265 pair of children's slippers and 100 pair of wome's slippers ready to be shipped this week.
Challenge 4 - February 17, 2011
The Central Arkansas Women’s Shelter (Conway)
Challenge: Total 155 Pair Slippers - 80 women & 75 children
The Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas has been providing assistance to victims of family violence in central Arkansas since 1995. What started out as a volunteer information hotline has grown into a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week hotline and shelter housing community members in need of safety. Over the past 12 years we have grown to include a Sexual Assault Assistance/Recovery Program, support groups, transportation for our clients, and personal, legal, and child advocacy programs.
The Central Arkansas Women’s Shelter offered services to 67 women and 55 children in 2010
Update: March 27th, 2011 - 80 pair of women's and 75 pair of children's slippers readyto be shipped on April 1st. Challenge is complete
Challenge 5 - Complete Date July 1, 2011
Alternatives For Girls is a Detroit based non-profit organization that is serving homeless and high-risk girls and young women.
We are so happy to have the opportunity to help Enchanted makeovers again this year with their 2011 Shelter Makeover Project.
I'm excited to not only pledge slippers from the Pink Slipper Project, but to help in any other ways that I can.
If you'd like to help my friend Terry with her shelter makeover, please visit Enchanted Makeovers for ways that you can help.
For this challenge we will need 30 pair of slippers for girls and young women and, 14 pair of slippers for toddlers (5-6). Updated 7/9/2011 - Challenge Complete! Thank you.
CHALLENGE 6 - Complete Date July 31, 2011
We were contacted by the Director of the Violence Intervention Counseling Services with Family Rseources, Inc. They serve victims of domestic and sexual violence, operating a 24-hour emergency shelter for women ,and children fleeing from domestic violence situations.
Family Resources, Inc is requesting Pink Slipper Services for two shelters.
100 Women's slippers needed - Completed and shipped 11/9/2011
200 children's slippers - Completed and shipped as of 7/9/2011
Muscatine Shelter: 100 Women's slippers and 100 children's slippers.- Completed and shipped.
We have a great opportunity over the summer months to work on fulfilling this challenge, and we hope that you'll help. We've proven time and again that together, we really can make a difference. Please make a pledge today!
Terry Grahl of Enchanted Makeovers will be teaching a class "The Present" at the Where Women Create Creative Connection September 16th - 17th.
Enchanted Makeovers has requested 100 pair or women's slippers and 30 children's slippers that will be donated, along with other handmade items, to a local shelter once the class is completed.
Director: Bonnie Gagnon
We're really pleased to add Caring Unlimited, a domestic violence shelter in Rachel Terrill's neighborhood to our 2011 challenges. Please see our needs below. I know it's a huge challenge, but I know that we can do it! We'll also be sending personal care kits and Christmas stockings at Christmas. We'll have more info on that later.