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February HOPE Hero - Kimberly

meAbout our HOPE Hero: 
Kimberly is a Bradenton native and graduated from USF with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and social work. Her friends would describe her as very creative, loving, kind and funny. Growing up, she always had a passion for children and pursues that every day through her work as a Primary Prevention Advocate for youth in Manatee County. Kimberly’s role brings her into local schools, programs, and clubs to educate about Teen Dating Violence, the warning signs of domestic violence, and safety planning services available at HOPE. She also trains mental health professionals, nurses and dental students on how to identify and help a victim of intimate partner violence. If you see her at a community event, make sure to say hi!

HOPE Hero Q & A 

What have you learned while working at HOPE?

Working at HOPE has helped me to overcome my fear of public speaking and reminded me that I am exactly where I should be. I’ve also learned that going through difficult situations can teach you important lessons that allow you to better help others.

What motivates you to work with this organization? 

I find new people that motivate me on a daily basis. Whether it’s clients and coworkers in the office or the youth I engage with outside of the office, I am inspired simply by helping, encouraging, and educating them. 

What advice would you give to a future volunteer or employee?

My advice would be if you love what you do and if it comes from the heart then never stop pursuing it. 

Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.

The most incredible view that I have ever seen is when I was on a plane as a little girl. I was on my way to Jamaica and I looked out of the window. I felt like I could see the whole world and that’s when I knew that the world is bigger than we know.

Describe yourself using only film titles.

Jumanji –  I am adventurous,  ready to take on new things and continue to work on my imperfections. Trolls – I want to save the world and make everything glitter again in people’s lives by encouraging them.  

 

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

Lakewood Ranch Women's Club Holidays on Broadway

LWRWC's Holidays on Broadway Raised Over $9,000 for HOPE and Other Local Charities

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, about 130 people attended the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club’s (LWRWC) spectacular “Holidays on Broadway “Dinner Theatre Charity Fundraiser at the beautiful Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

A fabulous silent auction with 41 tempting items and a Giving Tree contributed to the fundraising success. All proceeds will benefit the LWRWC ‘s adopted 501(c)(3) charities, HOPE Family Services, helping victims of domestic violence, SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association of Riding Therapy) dedicated to enhancing the physical, emotional, and cognitive growth of children and adults with special needs, and SOLVE Maternity Homes, helping pregnant women in need and their precious babies for over 40 years. Holidays on Broadway Charity Fundraiser truly represented the fun, friendship and community service that signifies the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club and the wonderful LWR Community, because supporting charity and celebrating together is what great communities do! It takes a community to pull off an event of this magnitude and with the help of the Lakewood Ranch Business Community and individual sponsors and donors, Holidays on Broadway raised over $9,000 to help LWRWC's adopted charities with their most critical needs. All of the sponsors and donors are true “Holiday Angels” for helping to make wishes come true for those in need!

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"HOPE's Table at Holidays On Broadway," Photography by Allyson Sokol                        

 
Attendees enjoyed favorite holiday songs performed by the very talented Belle Canto Women’s Vocal Ensemble, a gourmet dinner, and music and dancing provided by JB Baxter from More than Music. The highlight of the evening was a fabulous musical show performed by Jeffery Kin, Artist Director of the incomparable Players Centre for Performing Arts and performers, Eliza Morehouse, Kay Siebold, and Nancy Creighton, who wowed the audience with their magnificent vocal and dancing talents. Jeffery charmed us with a lovely rendition of “We Need A Little Christmas” and Eliza ‘s gorgeous voice matched the title of the song she sang- “Astonishing” from the Broadway Show, Little Women. Kay and Nancy performed a wonderful crowd-pleasing tap dance routine to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” followed by a group sing-along finale to the ever-popular classic -“White Christmas.”


LWRWC has over 320 members and is a not-for-profit service club founded to improve the quality of life in the LWR community. To learn more about LWRWC fundraising events and the charitable organizations they support, or to join, please visit www.lwrwc.org

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 

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