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December HOPE Hero: Kathyrn

Kathryn - “Angels at Work” Coordinator

About our HOPE Hero: 

Kathryn began her career as a counselor at a battered women's shelter in Camden, NJ. She then went on to work in the field of alcohol and substance abuse. After retiring to Florida, Kathryn found HOPE. In 2003, Kathryn helped to start a service group in her community to assist HOPE, which is now known as “Angels at Work.”  They have continued to grow over the years and are now able to serve other local organizations as well. 

What have you learned while volunteering?

I’ve learned that we can all do amazing things if we come together. Our group, “Angels at Work”, all live in a 55 & older community in Ellenton and strive to make a difference in our corner of the world. We may not be able to change everything but we can change some things. Our group is dedicated to bringing light, hope and smiles to the faces of those who do not have much to smile about when their lives are in crisis. We believe that HOPE Family Services saves lives and we want to support that effort however we can. 

What motivates you to volunteer with this organization?

I love the feeling of doing something that makes a difference for others. Another motivation is the wonderful community that backs me up and the many residents, who believe in what we are doing. We are shedding a light on the issues of domestic violence and homelessness.

What advice would you give to a future volunteer?

Find what you love to do, find a group that has the same values and goals. Then get involved, you will be the better for it. You will grow in ways you can only imagine!


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

A Letter from our CEO, Laurel Lynch 💜

Thanks to your generosity more than 2,300 survivors received life-changing resources from HOPE Family Services (HOPE) this past year. With your help, these survivors and their children have been able to heal and live their lives without fear.

HOPE is more than just a shelter... It’s an empowerment-based organization with a variety of life-saving services all designed to keep people safe from their intimate partner. HOPE provides survivors of domestic violence with services ranging from a 24-hour helpline/chatline to children’s counseling and more. We help both adults and children move from a victim to survivor and ultimately, a thriver. Simply put, HOPE happens here.

This transformative experience is demonstrated in survivors like Claudia. She came into HOPE’s shelter when her former husband threatened to kill her and take their 2-year-old daughter. Thanks to donations from supporters like you, our staff was able to provide safety, counseling, food and welcome baskets upon entering HOPE’s shelter. One of HOPE’s attorneys assisted Claudia with securing an Injunction for Protection (restraining order) against her former husband. With the help of HOPE, Claudia and her daughter have now relocated to a neighboring county and feel much safer in their new location.

We’re here to thank you on Claudia’s behalf. We are so grateful to have supporters like you making success stories like these a possibility for domestic violence survivors.

Today, we embark on our Year-End Campaign. Our goal is to raise additional funds to keep our services free and confidential and to help more women and children like Claudia and her daughter.

We’re reaching out to you because you’ve already demonstrated your compassion for survivors. You have the power to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to be free from violence, stay safe, and live her dreams. Would you be willing to make a special year-end contribution to make a life-changing impact on a survivor’s story?

Please join us by making your gift on our website, www.hopefamilyservice.org, or by sending a check in the enclosed envelope.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes,

Laurel Lynch, HOPE Family Services CEO

 P.S.  You can learn more about the amazing work made possible by your donations via our website, Facebook, and Instagram. 

 

$25 - Provides a welcome basket with linens and personal hygiene items for a shelter resident. 

$50 - Provides a monthly bus pass to help a survivor seeking employment and housing.

$100 - Provides safety planning and intake services for a woman in crisis.

$250 - Provides assistance from one of HOPE's lawyers to secure an Injunction for Protection.

$500 - Provides 3 meals a day to all shelter residents for one week.

$1000 - Provides trauma-informed counseling sessions for children.

 

DONATE ONLINE HERE 

November HOPE Hero: Katie

Katie - HOPE Board Secretary

About our HOPE Hero: 

Katie is a Manatee County native and loves raising her son and twin daughters here in Bradenton. She has served on HOPE’s Board of Directors for four years and currently holds the position of Board Secretary. Katie considers herself a “2nd generation” Board Member because her father was the Board President 20 years ago!

 What have you learned while volunteering?

HOPE has given me a new level of awareness about the impact of domestic violence. I knew the basics prior to volunteering, but HOPE has taught me even more about the unfortunate details of domestic violence in our own community. 

 Tell us about your most memorable accomplishment with this organization.

Besides our tremendous fundraising efforts, one of my fondest memories with HOPE is having the opportunity to help a friend who found herself as a victim of domestic violence. I was able to give her trusted advice on where she should go to get the help she needed. 


What advice would you give to a future volunteer?

Get involved!! No matter your background, or place in the community, you can make a DIFFERENCE. 

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

Definitely traveling - I love it! I used to travel a lot with my husband while he was with the Army and it always excites me to explore new places. 

 

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

Hops for HOPE 2019

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HOPE Partners With Good Liquid Brewing Co. To Promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

HOPE Family Services (HOPE) in partnership with Good Liquid Brewing will host “Hops for HOPE” in an effort to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will take place at Good Liquid Brewing on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 5 pm - 9 pm. The night will include specialty craft beer, music, food, and more!

During “Hops for HOPE”, Good Liquid Brewing will offer an exclusive purple beer to support Domestic Violence Awareness Month. $1 from each pint sold will be donated to HOPE Family Services. Proceeds will support the life-changing services HOPE offers to those affected by domestic violence. The community is encouraged to show their support for victims and survivors during Domestic Violence Awareness Month by attending this event. 


“Events with community partners, like Good Liquid Brewing, are fun ways to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence and spread awareness of the services HOPE offers to our community,” said Laurel Lynch, CEO of HOPE Family Services. “Having community support is essential and allows us to continue to provide all of our services free of charge.”

 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect battered women’s advocates across the country.

DVAM statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner violence. 
  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner.

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