CENTERPOINT FALL 2010 The Women’s Center’s mission is to provide safety, shelter and support to women and their families and to facilitate their development. Sister House: A Safe Place for Mom and Her Children “When Mommy and I got to this big place with the fence Housework and other duties are assigned to each around it, she rang the doorbell. A Voice said ‘Can I help client and every adult resident is expected to cook you?’ Mom said ‘We’re here for shelter.’ The Voice said dinner for the shelter, once per week. ‘Come on in.’ “Mom talked to the lady for a long time. When she came The Women’s Center out, we walked to our room. It had wood beds on top of each provides safety and other. It didn’t feel like home. There were a lot of strangers support to women sitting around looking at us. But, Mom said it would be ok, and their families so I took off my backpack.” affected by domestic violence and sexual The Women’s Center’s 24-hour crisis line, answered assault. Getting a by staff of the shelter, makes it possible for people family away from to connect with our programs and receive assistance a violent environ- any time of the day or night. In 2009, we received ment, and into the 6496 calls from people needing shelter, connection Sister House – an with programs and services of The Women’s Center, Shelter Advocate, Michelle Rosenwald, answering the crisis line emergency refuge – referrals to other community services, support and brings a sense of advocacy. safety and relief to the victims. Shortly after a woman in crisis has come to Sister House, a team works with her and her family to make certain their most basic needs are met, listens to their concerns, and provides emotional and practical support. “We went inside and there was a room with an elevator. We waited for someone to come. I had my Spiderman back- pack on with my important stuff and Mom had two gar- bage bags with the rest of our stuff. I was real scared, but I told Mom it would be, ‘ok.’“ A lady came and took us upstairs in the elevator. We came Sister House shared living room and play area out and went into another room. Mom sat down with a lady who asked her questions. Another lady asked me to sit In 2009, Sister House housed 320 people, 159 adult down at a big table to color with her. Mom said I should, so women and 161 children. Sister House can accommo- I did. But, I was still real scared. They closed the door and date up to 32 women and children at one time. Women my heart was pounding fast.” are initially given up to 30 days in shelter with extensions dependent on individual circumstances and needs. The communal living arrangement at the Sister House offers 1 bathroom for every 2 rooms: 5 rooms “I felt real tired, all of a sudden. Maybe mom and me can have 4 beds; 2 rooms have 6 beds. One room can sleep ALL night long for a change.” accommodate a physically disabled or elderly person. “Summer Evening at the Club” Brings Back the Good Ole Days of the ’50’s Summer Evening at the Club was held at Bristlecone Pines Golf Club in Hartland on August 14. This year’s event was an evening mirroring the ‘50’s Rat Pack Era with delicious food, cocktails, music – including a Frank Sinatra impersonator – a live auction and other activities. An entertaining live auction was performed by Dylan Bolin, an Improv actor and instructor, as well as a stand-up comedian. Many participated in the Wine Pull with high hopes of getting that $249 bottle of wine for just $20 per cork. Champagne on the Rocks was hosted by Nordstrom Jewelers who put a cubic zirconium “rock” in each glass of champagne, however, one glass had a real diamond. Ellen Rohwer, Stephanie and Derek Arnold, The Hole-in-One Janet and Ken Schellhase required one to putt a 50 footer. The Wo m e n ’s C e n t e r ra is e d n e a rly $40,000 from Summer Evening at the Club! Nisha Singh, Shaila Singh, Alisha Singh, Neil Warren and Mary Ellen Froehlich, Sarah Arnold, Neil Sareen Walter Brummund, Ann Bartos Merkow Fashion Show & Dinner Nov. 19th to be Hosted by Susan Kim This year’s Fashion Show, “Red Carpet Evening”, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield on Friday, Nov. 19. The evening event is a change from The Women’s Center’s typical luncheon affair. Re- Missy Wheeler and turning as the Emcee is Susan TODAY’S TMJ4 Susan Kim Kim from TODAY’S TMJ4. In Guests attending the 2009 Fashion Show addition to women’s glamour wear, mens clothing will be featured, as well as fun activities and a silent auction. The $60 ticket price includes the Fashion Show, produced by Russell Levin from Picardy Shoe Parlour, with ME Lou, Zita and Suiters, a delicious dinner and dessert! To Andrea Rindo, Diane McGaw, Michele Rifelj register, visit our website Karol Wendt, Lorie Ramsey, Joyce Sabinash, and Terry Ladwig www.twcwaukesha.org. Camille Wendt and Laura Wendt Domestic Violence Thank you for your support! Awareness Month American Family Insurance - Waukesha October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Carroll University - Greek Council (DVAM), when advocates for victims of domestic Citizens Bank of Mukwonago violence organize activities that will raise public D’Angelo & Jones, LLP awareness about the pervasiveness of domestic First Federal Bank of Wisconsin violence, the need for prevention and the availability of services for victims Kohl’s of abuse. Each October The Women’s Center displays life-sized purple Modern Woodmen New Berlin Lioness Club silhouettes, each bearing a date-of-death, representing those killed by Oconomowoc Women’s Club domestic violence in Waukesha County. Sadly, we had to add 3 silhouettes Power Test Inc. this year. Quad/Graphics R&R Insurance Services, Inc. Carroll University Takes Back the Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. Shorewest Realtors - Brookfield Night with TWC Studio Gear Sussex Leo Club TheoPro Compliance & During the week of the Consulting, Inc. “Take Back the Night” Waukesha Golden K Kiwanis Club event at Carroll Univer- Waukesha Memorial Hospital - Radiology Department sity (September 20-24) Waukesha Noon Kiwanis Club the “Clothesline Project” Weiss Berzowski Brady L.L.P. was on display in the Wells Fargo Advisors Campus Center. This project was a visual These businesses contributed large display of shirts with gifts from July to September 2010 graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by survivors of violence or someone who has lost a loved one to domestic Clothesline Project display at Carroll University. violence. This year the “Take Back the Night” event was held on Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. on The Quad at Carroll University. This was a candlelight vigil and survivor speak-out, along with a mile long march for change through the Carroll University campus. Their event partnered The Women’s Center with Carroll University, with a goal to bring awareness to the problem of sexual violence, and support those who have Sally Sadosky, Marie Kingsbury and been victimized. Diane Ripple received a donation from a birthday party where guests brought gifts for The Women’s Center clients. Giving Made Easy A quick and easy way for you to donate to The Women’s Center: Roundy’s card Roundy’s grocery stores give back a percent of every purchase to the charity of your choice when your discount card is swiped. TWC has received $2,016 from Roundy’s through this program; in 2009, we received $2,786. All Pick ‘N Save cards must be converted to Roundy’s. For current card holders who have already designated TWC as your charity: Make sure the store scans your old Rewards card before issuing you a new card, to transfer your records to the new card. For new card holders and current card holders who have not designated TWC as your charity: Register your Roundy’s Pick ‘n Save card under TWC’s code, #832600. We’re listed under the letter “T” for “The” in their manual. Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage P A I D Waukesha, WI Permit No. 416 Calendar of Special Events October 2010 Domestic Violence Awareness Month 505 North East Avenue October 21, 2010 Waukesha, WI 53186 Volunteer Appreciation Bus. 262-547-4600 Open House at The Crisis 262-542-3828 Women’s Center 5-7 pm www.twcwaukesha.org November 19, 2010 Fashion Show & Dinner Fabulous fashions and fun are the main ingredients along with dinner, a silent auction and activities. The event will be Friday evening at the Sheraton Hotel-Brookfield. For more information about our events, “What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away you keep forever.” visit our website at -Munthe www.twcwaukesha.org 2010 Volunteer Spotlight: Connie Pire Board of Directors President I have been a volunteer at The Women’s Center since the fall of 2006. I have always worked in Linda Graebner-Smith Childcare, which I find to be extremely rewarding. President Elect I love having fun with children of all ages, Kristine Havlik from babies up to 12 years old. The children are Secretary extremely friendly, and what has always Pat Kandziora impressed me is how they take care of their Treasurer younger siblings and cousins. Many of them Sandy Villa speak Spanish and English, and are always will- ing to help me understand a child who speaks Past President only Spanish, helping me learn new words all Karol Wendt the time. The Pire Family: Stephan, Connie, Lauren and Tom Directors I came to The Women’s Center after being exposed Stephen is a law student in Shanghai. I also Ann Dee Allen to violence through a close family member. volunteer for my church as a member of the Marsha Block I had reached out to The Women’s Center for finance committee, and as a cake baker for “You help, and promised myself that I would give Are Special”, a group which provides birthday Jeanine Kes Bode back at some time. When our children left for cakes to people living in shelters. Bill Humphreys college, I knew the time was right for me. Erin Jacyna I have always said I get back more from the Ellen Langill My husband Tom and I own two Connie’s children than I give, and I really believe that. The Rhonda Matthews Ware Hallmark stores in Waukesha. We have two Women’s Center fills a vital role in Waukesha Laurie O’Loughlin children – Lauren is a CPA in Chicago and County, and I am blessed that I can help. Lynn Revoy Mara Roberts Remember The Women’s Center in your Will Dr. Shaila Singh To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit www.twcwaukesha.org Louise Ladd Whitson Centerpoint is published by The Women’s Center, Inc., a private, non-profit charitable organization. The mission of The Women’s Sharon Wood Center is to provide safety and support to women and their families and to facilitate their development. Comments regarding Centerpoint Sandy Wysocki should be directed to Cheryl at 262-522-3805. As a United Way agency, The Women’s Center encourages you to support the United Way of Waukesha County.