Women's Advocates Newsletter  |  March 2021
In this March eNewsletter, we are sharing online resources and tools that we've developed in response to community requests and keeping you informed about what is happening  in our organization.  
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
You can read more about these upcoming events and register by clicking here: https://www.wadvocates.org/events/
 
Missed an event?
No worries if you were not able to attend an event live! We have an archive of recordings and past resource materials including PowerPoint slides located here: https://www.wadvocates.org/our-services/violence-prevention-education/online-education-and-webinars/
Notes from the Crisis Line
All shelters in Ramsey County, including Women's Advocates, participated in the annual homeless Point in Time (PIT) count. The PIT Count is an annual survey to measure how many Ramsey County residents go unsheltered on any given night. The survey ran from January 28th to February 9th, and results will be compiled and published by the country. 
 
Last year's PIT report: 7,940 people were homeless in Minnesota on the night of the 2020 PIT count.
 
 
Women's History Month
 
Join us in celebrating Women's History Month. Click here to view our video series on the history of the domestic violence movement.
International Women's Day
 
3/8: International Women’s Day Discussion "Choose to Challenge All Forms of Domestic Violence" Learn more + register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GqxfetPqSZmNhrGjDtu5ug)
Women's Advocates Supports Survivors in the Community
 
 
Women’s Advocates’ Housing and Aftercare Program offers sustained safety to domestic violence survivors in the community, through rental and emergency financial assistance, financial planning support, goal planning, and a wide and flexible range of advocacy and wrap-around services. A key goal of Aftercare is to ensure that survivors have safe and stable housing, a substantial contributor to breaking the cycle of domestic abuse/violence. Nisha and Onnie, Women’s Advocates’ Housing and Aftercare Advocates, walk side-by-side with survivors in the community, supporting them as they build new, safer lives.  When asked about challenges survivors face when seeking housing, Nisha and Onnie noted, “The biggest challenge is systemic; there isn’t a lot of affordable housing.  For many survivors, the aftermath of abuse has left them with evictions and other criminal charges.  Experiencing domestic abuse can mean survivors have a lot of trauma and trauma responses, this can make finding housing challenging as well … We empower survivors by listening to their stories and turning that past trauma into positive affirmations. They are the experts of their own lives, we let them know that we are here to support them on this journey, not control them.”
 
Reclaiming Reproductive Autonomy
3/24: "Reclaiming Reproductive Autonomy in Relationships" Learn more + register here: 
The Impact of Isolation: What is Social Abuse
 
3/18: "The Impact of Isolation: What is Social Abuse?" Learn more + register here:
Empowering You
 
Join us for our four part series "Empowering You" the last Wednesday of each month. Learn more & register here: https://www.wadvocates.org/events/
Women's Advocates' Live Chat
Women's Advocates has introduced a live chat feature on our website for individuals who may need another option when reaching out for crisis support or for friends, family, and colleagues seeking advice on how to best support a loved one.
 
Follow this link to our website and click the "Live Chat Now" or "Leave Us A Message" button at the top of the page to start a chat (7:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday and some overnight hours) or leave a message (any time) for our Crisis Resource Advocates. 
 
What we've been up to in February
 
 
 As we come to the end of Black History Month, Women's Advocates honors and celebrates the role of Black women in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. 
 
Abuse Intervention Programming 101
 
2/26:"What about the abusive person? Abuse Intervention Programming 101" Learn more + register here: 
 
Teen Dating Violence 101
 
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with. Affirmation and validation are extremely meaningful and we strive to support teen survivors and equip students with the knowledge and skills to nurture healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse. It is vital to discuss dating abuse and healthy relationships in schools. Learn more about our in-school prevention efforts to support students here: 
We're Hiring
 
 
 
 
We currently have two open positions at WA:
  • Director of Development & Communications
  • Finance & Data Specialist
 
Click the link below, if you would like more information or wish to share with your networks.
 
 
This is an interactive guide to learn about the 6 steps you can take to help break the cycle of domestic violence including learning, discussing, engaging, believing, supporting, and donating. Click here for steps
 
Subscribe here to stay up to date on our digital content: http://www.youtube.com/c/womensadvocates
Learn more about routes to safety and create your own safety plan.
Women's Advocates' Donation Needs
We are so grateful for the support we are receiving from businesses and individuals to help Women's Advocates with immediate supply needs. For the time being, we are not able to accept in-kind donation deliveries, except for the items below:
 
Gift Cards: Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Cub Foods, and local gas stations and fast food restaurants are useful to help Women's Advocates fill immediate needs for our residents and aftercare participants.
 
Cloth Face Masks: With the recent CDC recommendations to utilize double-masking when possible, we want to equip all of our shelter residents with a supply of well-fitting cloth masks to wear over the blue surgical masks. We are currently in need of new, homemade cloth masks with elastic ear loops.
 
Personal Care Items:  Body washes, body scrubs, deodorants, hair scarves, and hair binders are needed for women in our shelter.
 
 
 Ways You Can Help
  • Head to our donate page to review the various ways you can support Women’s Advocates
  • Start a Facebook or GoFundMe fundraising page and select Women’s Advocates as the beneficiary OR donate directly to us here
  • Ask your employer to match your donations (email development@wadvocates.org to coordinate)
  • Shop our Amazon wish list (http://a.co/jkkHfvm) for cleaning items, clothing basics, and personal care/hygiene products to be directly shipped to us

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