Sunday, January 4, 2009

Abused Women....the Etsy Angels are helping!

The Etsy Angels are a great team of caring artists whose main goal is to help others! Our Team was formed after the many hours spent together promoting for Dawn’s Boys; an effort that began in late December 2007 after a Jewelry artist who was on both Etsy and Ebay lost her life in an automobile accident. She left behind two little boys. Several "Angels" came together to help. After spending countless hours promoting donations from more people than we could imagine that wanted to help, many friendships were made. We couldn’t imagine it all ending without creating a Team for Dawn’s Angels. ♥

This month we are going to help raise funds for a shelter for abused women and children, The Anderson House, is in my home province. The Anderson House is the only shelter for women and children on Prince Edward Island which has a population of 139,818 . It is partial funded by the government but relies a great deal on donations. The Anderson House also does fundraising of their own.

It is a safe and supportive shelter for women and their children who have been physically or emotionally abused or who live in constant fear of abuse. Anderson House is staffed at all times by trained women who honour confidentially.

It provides:

*emergency shelter for abused women and children, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*Confidential crisis and support phone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
*Outreach Services
*Second stage housing.
*Information and support groups for women and children.
*Public education training.
*Liaison with other community and support services in West Prince, East Prince, and Eastern P.E.I., in partnership with local community committees.
*Cooperative second stage housing units in Summerside and O'Leary, in partnership with local community committees.
*Abused Women Support Group
*10-week support and information group for women who have been or are currently in an abusive relationship.
*Child Care Program

The Anderson House is a room shelter where the women can go to in times of an emergency with their children. The women are provided with support from the trained women there and help with their children. The women have to help maintain the, cooking, laundry, etc.

If a woman is working and must get to work there is a service available to her where she will be escorted to her work site if she feels it is neccessary. There is short term child care that is available to her as well.

Comments from some of the women who have used the shelter and who have been part of the justice system that I work for...I asked them if they would help me with this information in order to let the buyers and sellers of Etsy know about the shelter as we were doing a fund raiser....they were only too happy to provide this information!

* The shelter has saved my life!
* I learned while I was there that it is not only people from my background that are abused and are afraid! I know now that I too have the right to help!
* My family would never believe how horrible my life was until I had to go to this shelter and move into their second stage housing in order to get rid of my abusive partner.
* The councellors are amazing....they help so many people...I wish they were getting paid more.
* Where would I go if this place closed up....I have been there a number of times.
* We need more....sometimes you are not ready to leave but know that you have too...

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BeadedTail said...

The Anderson House sounds like a wonderful safe haven for abused women and children. I hope we raise lots of money this month to help such a deserving organization!

halloweenie, smile! said...

This is such a beautiful idea and a wonderful way to help each other :)

myminimocs said...

this was such a great benefit to be part of! truly grateful to be an Etsy Angel!

Wonderful Quotes to live by!

"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you."

~ William Arthur Ward