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October HOPE Hero: Rosemarie

October HOPE Hero

Rosemarie - HOPE Board President

 

About our HOPE Hero: 

Rosemarie has an inspiring heart for helping those affected by domestic violence. Prior to moving to Florida, she lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and for 12 years served on the Board of Sojourner Truth House, the local domestic violence agency. Since 2003, Rosemarie has been dedicated to supporting the mission of HOPE Family Services; serving as a Board member for 16 years! She currently serves as Board President and is committed to sharing HOPE’s resources with the community. 

 

What have you learned while volunteering?

HOPE has an incredible staff that is dedicated to keeping the organization organized and running smoothly. Most people don’t know, HOPE’s programs for survivors and their children cover not only emergency action and long term care but also support prevention education for youth in the community.

Is there something that excites you so much it keeps you awake the night before?

Packers football!!! From February to July, I go into a mild slump waiting for football to start again. I also love having visitors; friends who come from out of state and stay for a week or more. I also love to have guests for dinner and try new recipes, even though it can be risky.


 What advice would you give to a future volunteer?

 Learn as much as you can about all of the programs HOPE offers. Share your passion for HOPE with friends and the people around you as often as you can. You never know when services may help someone who wasn't familiar with HOPE.

 

 

 What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?

 My dogs, Ditto and Toby, would say, “She's our mom, she loves us and takes good care of us.” Ditto would say that she doesn't like it when I jump on her. Toby would say that she makes sure I get my three pills a day at different times, but I remind her by barking anyway. We all love our neighbors and their canine friends too!

 

We truly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our mission! 

September HOPE Hero(es): HOPE's Administrative Staff

HOPE ADMIN

This month, we wanted to recognize our entire administrative staff: Char, Elsa, Kayla, Lynn, and Maria. Each of them are truly passionate about HOPE’s mission and are essential to HOPE’s day-to-day operations. They have answered a few questions to help you get to know them a little better.

Here’s a little background on their roles at HOPE: 

  • Char is our Chief Financial Officer and has been with us for 20 years! 
  • Elsa began working with us in our Donor Relations role but now heads Contract Compliance for HOPE.  
  • Kayla is our Development Manager. Her role is to coordinate our volunteer groups and donations, schedule and attend speaking engagements and events, and work with HOPE's marketing and social media team.
  • Lynn is an Executive Assistant at HOPE and is currently pursuing a business degree with a focus on leadership and management. 
  • Maria works as a receptionist at our Outreach Office. Her role handles scheduling appointments, receiving clients when they come in, taking calls and making everyone that comes and or calls feel safe. Maria is the calm reassuring voice for a caller trying to negotiate a storm in their lives. 

 

Q: What have you learned on the job? 💡

Char: While working at HOPE, I've come to realize that I will learn something new every day!

Elsa: I have learned to be grateful and appreciate all that I have and to listen and believe when a participant shares her/his experience. 

Kayla:  Survivors come first, that's why we are here. We need our community to bring awareness of domestic violence, support survivors and hold batterers accountable.

Lynn: I’m originally from Canada, so working for HOPE has given me an opportunity to learn quite a bit about the not-for-profit world on this side of the border.

Maria: I have learned many things! I’ve learned how to create a safety plan for a survivor and to be a good listener when someone is in crisis. 

 

Q: What’s your favorite pizza order? 🍕

Char: Thin crust with pepperoni and pineapple is definitely my favorite.

Elsa: It’s a tie between Chicken Alfredo and Pepperoni.

Kayla: Hmm...a Wood-Fired Margherita Pizza with fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and maybe some arugula and a balsamic glaze drizzle.

Lynn: It would have to be Canadian bacon, red onion, jalapeno, and pineapple.

Maria: Pan pizza, pepperoni with jalapeños, yummy!

 

Q: What advice would you give to a future volunteer? 🙌

Char: HOPE is a great place to work (and volunteer) if you like to help people and maybe have a laugh along the way.

Elsa: If you are compassionate, can listen, and believe the participants with an open mind - you are in the right place.

Kayla: Be compassionate, patience, non-judgmental and expect the unexpected. When you learn the experiences of individuals you otherwise would have never met, and see how hard they’re working to rebuild their lives, you start to see people differently, in general.

Lynn: Get to know the people you’re working with, have a sense of humor and live the mission of non-violence, safety, and lending a hand. 

Maria: Be a good listener -  Let participants share their situation and remember that it's all about helping them to be safe. Also, if you don't know or are unsure of how to help them, always ask others in the organization for assistance.

 

Q: What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference? 🐶

Char: My girls, CoCo and Chloe, would say I give the best belly rubs and I love to go for a W-A-L-K (which we only spell out in our house)!

Elsa: My beloved, Ziva, who is no longer with me, would say, "My Mommy is loving, giving, caring, and protective, and reprimands with kindness, when necessary."

Kayla: Lady would say, she always wears a smile and gives the best hugs, cuddles, scratches, and treats. She really likes the outdoors and going to the beach. (and that's my favorite because I often get to go with her).

Lynn: Simon would report, she's an efficient cookie distributor, highly talented in the tummy rub department, and completely lacks self-control when kissing my head.

Maria: Oh my, at this time I have kittens I'm nursing because their mommy passed away. I am feeding them and cuddling them and I think they will say, "Thank you for your patience and your time with all eight of us!"

 

Q: What motivates you to work with this organization? 💪

Char: I have the pleasure of working with a group of compassionate, hardworking women who never cease to amaze me in their ability to find ways to help.

Elsa: My passion and dedication to serving domestic violence survivors!

Kayla: What we’re doing here at HOPE is so essential to people’s lives and we're helping to create a healthier existence for everyone. Our awesome team of staff and volunteers is truly what motivates me to come to work every day.

Lynn: I’ve always been interested in social justice and women’s issues; HOPE’s method of empowering survivors is inspiring and should be adopted by more organizations serving others.

Maria: My motivation is knowing that I can help someone leave an abusive relationship, stay safe, and change a life. 

Bradenton Yacht Club Features Work for HOPE Family Services

The blog below is an excerpt from the Bradenton Yacht Club's Monthly member magazine, "Poop Deck". This article can be found on page 17. 

SAIL THROUGH SUMMER DRAWING copy

It’s finally time for our first Great Mates dinner meeting of the year. It will be held on Thursday, September 19th at 6 pm. Check the Poop Deck for reservation information or call the Club at 941-722- 5936. All BYC members are invited. If you have never been to a Great Mates meeting, please come. If you haven’t attended a meeting in while, please give us another try. We have a professional comedian, Juanita Lolita, to entertain us at the September meeting. It should be a lot of fun.

Hope Family Services is the charity chosen to be the recipient of our March 7, 2020 Gala. Hope is a private not-for-profit corporation whose primary purpose is to provide services to victims of domestic violence. We will have some information to share with you about the organization at the September meeting.

On July 11th, Mayor Wayne Poston was kind enough to join us at the Hope Chest Thrift Store on 1215 8th Avenue in downtown Bradenton to draw the names of the two winners of our Sail through Summer Giveaway to benefit Hope Family Services. One winner won a donated 12 ft. Sailboat and the other won 2 weeks of sailing lessons for a child at Bishop Sailing Center. Whether you have items to donate or want to shop to find some treasures, Hope Family Services will benefit from your generosity to The Hope Chest Thrift Store.

At our October 17th dinner meeting, Palmetto Mayor Shirley Bryant, as well as Brian Carter, President of Bishop Museum will speak to us. Mary Ann Gamrot has a lot of ideas for our entertainment, some of them still tentative. For our January 16th meeting she is thinking of WORLD TRAVELER NIGHT. We know that so many of you have stories about unusual travel experiences. Hopefully, you’d like to share your stories with us, whether they be funny, scary or exhilarating Mary Ann would love to have you get in touch with her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

She would welcome any entertainment ideas you may have as well. So, bring your $1 to the September meeting to renew your membership for the upcoming year or to join the Great Mates for the year. Visit our website at TheGreatMates.org for information. – Sharon Goslee 

 

 

Economic Empowerment Program

Domestic Violence Isn't Always Physical...

When most people read or hear about domestic violence, their minds often think of physical abuse. However, domestic violence can include other forms of abuse such as emotional, sexual and financial abuse. As defined by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors, violence, or threats of violence that one person uses to establish power and control over an intimate partner.

According to the annual report to the legislature by FCADV, financial abuse occurs in 98% of all domestic violence cases. In the annual report, survivors stated that abusers utilized a multitude of economically-related tactics to gain and maintain power and control over them. Some tactics that an abuser can utilize to maintain power and control include:

  • Ruining their partner’s credit
  • Giving an allowance to their partner
  • Denying access to income or financial accounts
  • Making financial decisions without consulting their partner
  • Not paying child support so they can’t afford rent, food, and other needed items
  • Preventing their partner from working or demanding they quit their job
  • Stalking or harassing their partner at work

Experiencing financial abuse can prohibit a survivor from leaving an abusive relationship since they don’t have the financial security to move into a safe place. At HOPE Family Services, we have established the Economic Empowerment program where the participant can meet with an advocate to create a financial safety plan and work on achieving financial independence.

Our Economic Empowerment program can assist participants with developing a spending plan or budget, securing affordable housing, and achieve higher education such as a GED, certifications, or degrees. The program also helps with assistance in job search strategies, resume development, and job interview skills to help obtain employment. We work with our participants based upon what their goals are so that they can achieve economic stability.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (941) 747-8499 

 

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