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Women's House celebrates volunteers
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April 15, 2016
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We have all heard the old adage "it takes a village to raise a child." In this case "it takes a community to protect women and children from domestic violence." Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey (WHSBG) is celebrating 30 years of service to the community by acknowledging the big hearts and generous hands of those who help provide a safe, secure, and supportive environment for women and children.

"Every dollar counts and supports our lean not-for-profit budget and no donation is insignificant as we continue to offer these essential services to our community," says Interim Executive Director, Lisa Owen." The majority of our funding is provided by the government, however, WHSBG must fundraise approximately $150,000 each year to subsidize the programs and services we provide."

Year after year, community support is shown in many different forms, from large corporate support through to young people donating their birthday money to support the important work being done at WHSBG.

"We have chosen the Women’s House in large part due to their coordinated approach within our community to provide a safe shelter to women and their children who are fleeing abuse," says Harry Hall, Vice President of Supply Chain at Bruce Power. "In recognition that life is a journey and we all have a role to play in helping those in need, our Supply Chain team has raised over $10,000 to support the Women’s House Adoptive Family and Christmas Hamper programs over the past three years. We are committed to continuing our support of the Women’s House and believe their programs make a significant and lasting difference in people’s lives here in our community."

"Over the past few years we are seeing more and more young people wanting to help support WHSBG," said Tiffany Love, Community and Fund Development Coordinator.

Donning a huge smile, Devony House provided $305 choosing to give up birthday presents in lieu of donations to WHSBG. She also issued a challenge to businesses to match it, wanting to make the biggest possible impact possible.

Serena Rutledge paired her EP release with a fundraiser for WHSBG, linking the theme of her album with work at WHSBG.

Stormy Gervais donated $185 from the sale of her paintings, drawings, bracelets, and crafts. She also donated a painting, which hangs as inspiration to all who pass by it, showing the generous spirit of a little girl.

Korey Sutton, a young man with a big heart, raised $700 and helped collect boxes of food for WHSBG after he learned of children impacted through domestic situations.

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Every month, WHSBG is provided with much needed funds from corporations, businesses, community groups, Churches, and many individuals who generously support WHSBG.

"We are very fortunate to operate in such a caring community. We simply could not operate without the overwhelming support of our community," says Owen. "As we celebrate three decades of service providing safety, support, and hope to over 15,000 women, 2,000 children, and fielding more than 45,000 crisis calls within our community, we would like to thank all our supporters for their continued generosity."

About Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey (WHSBG)

WHSBG provides free and confidential services, within a supportive environment, to women 16 years of age and older, and their children, who have or are experiencing abuse, sexual violence or homelessness. Women’s House operates a 24/7 shelter in Kincardine, Ontario to provide a safe, supportive and secure environment for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Women’s House also provides sexual assault services in Bruce and Grey, a child witness program, transition services, education services, a volunteer program, community counselling and second-stage housing in Kincardine, Saugeen Shores and Wiarton. WHSBG is a registered not-for-profit charity governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed by trained professionals. This year WHSBG is celebrating 30 years of community support and service.


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