08 Mar Women’s Clothing Donations Provide Support to Young Girls in Wisconsin
Organization: Hope House of South–Central Wisconsin
Lives Impacted: 20+
Hope House of South–Central Wisconsin, located in Baraboo, WI, is an organization whose mission is to prevent abuse and to provide support to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. On Tuesday, December 12th Hope House staff facilitated a girls’ empowerment support group for middle school students who’ve been identified as survivors of violence. Many of the participants count on being able to attend school each day to get the support, food, and basic needs from school since some of the families struggle to make even basic ends meet.
During our empowerment support group, we discussed positive affirmations such as what love looks like and examples of positive figures to follow and embody. Kids discussed in-group how they are teased in school because they have adult family members who use substances or who are perpetrators of sexual or domestic violence. They also shared their fears of not being accepted because of these things. As the gathering ended, the Hope House staff provided each group member with a care package for the holiday break.
Thanks to this donation of women’s clothing, we were able to distribute women’s t-shirts and plaid jackets along with other products. The girls were thrilled to receive these care packages! One of the girls put on her outfit right away and was so thankful. Others kept their bags sealed up so that they could unwrap their gifts on Christmas morning because that would be the only gift they were going to get. The day after group, the Hope House Advocate received a call from the school counselor thanking us for all that we have done so far for her students, and for the gifts. She said the girls cannot stop talking about all the gifts they got from Hope House, and that most of girls have already worn their new outfits. We thank Good360 and all the companies and donors who help us help others. Together we are making a difference!