Naples Daily News guest commentary – Linda Oberhaus

On Jan. 7, 2017, Omaida Garcia was shot to death by her boyfriend in the bedroom closet of her North Naples townhouse. Four months later, Barbara Bitterman’s husband shot her in the face in the bedroom of their upscale home in a North Naples gated community. They were two very different women from very different walks of life, who died as if holding each other’s hand.

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Transitional Housing cottage welcomes new family

The Shelter's Transitional Housing program had the pleasure of welcoming a new family. Yesterday, a wonderful mom and her three children officially moved in to one of our seven transitional cottages.

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Drawing for Jamaican Trip for Two at Purple Party Masquerade 2017

Drawing to take place during the 2017 Purple Party Masquerade, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, Cavo Lounge, 9108 Strada Place in the Mercato. 1 Ticket $20/3 Tickets $50/ 10 Tickets $100

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Thank you Bank of America!

The Shelter is grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for a $10,000 grant. This grant will help support The Shelter's daily operations for a variety of our direct service programs including our emergency shelter and outreach services.

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Vote for Options in Naples Daily News Choice Awards

Now through June 11 - Vote for The Shelter Options Shoppe

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Shelter welcomes new Raising Gentle’men Advocate

The Shelter is pleased to welcome new Raising Gentle'men Advocate Esteban (Steve) Aguerrebere. Originally from Miami, Steve and his wife moved to Naples two years ago. He has a 21-year-old son, who currently serves in the U.S. Navy. Steve has a Bachelor Degree in Communication Arts (which he graduated Cum Laude) from Florida International University, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. He says his interest in accepting the position as Raising Gentle'men Advocate stemmed from his personal commitment to ...

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Maria McCormick honored for 20 years of service

On May 10, The Shelter honored retiring Options Shoppe Manager Maria McCormick with a plaque near The Shelter's Butterfly Bench. Maria served The Shelter Options Shoppe for over 20 years. A native of the Philippines, Maria moved to Naples in 1992. She came to Options as a volunteer in 1997 and became an employee that same year. During her time with Options, Maria has led the staff, volunteers and facility through several renovations and improvements, most recently a new name and branding as well as several physical upgrades to the store. She is a role model to the ...

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Troop 71 uses cookie sales to donate to The Shelter

Thank you to Naples Park Elementary Girls Scout Troop 71 for their donation of five bags of baby items, books, toys and toiletries for The Shelter. The troop used their proceeds from Girl Scout Cookie sales to purchase the items for The Shelter.

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Domestic violence measure falls short in Lee County

The longest sentence given for domestic battery strangulation in Lee County last year was 180 days, while some burglary suspects are face a maximum life sentence.

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We act like domestic violence is normal. It isn’t.

On the day Karen Smith was murdered, at least three more women also died at the hand of a current or former intimate partner. Yet only Smith’s death garnered national headlines because she was killed in a San Bernardino, Calif., school where she worked as a special education teacher. Her estranged husband also shot two of her students, one fatally, before taking his own life. If Smith had been slain in her home, it’s unlikely the story would have made it outside of the city’s borders. Even the coverage the story ...

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Volunteers help celebrate moms at The Shelter

Our residents enjoyed a wonderful mother’s day dinner, May 10, and it went very well. Carol Beauregard and her team of volunteers transformed the community education room into a Butterfly Bistro. Thanks to Liz, all of the attendees looked beautiful in their pretty outfits from their trip to The Shelter Option Shoppe. Maria C. helped the new residents find an outfit here in the emergency shelter with the donations from various stores on Marco Island. Our residents were very grateful to spend one hour for themselves. Some of them shed some tears of happiness, ...

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Shelter partners with Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

We would like to share the wonderful work our program team is accomplishing. We established a partnership with the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center and have incorporated equine therapy for participants in emergency shelter and transitional housing. Last week, the children and teens were asked to use the horses as a palette to express their emotions of when they first arrived in shelter and their current feelings. Below are pictures of their response:  

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Naples Woman’s Club supports The Shelter

  The Naples Woman's Club recently donated $10,000 to The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. From left, Josephine Guenther, Shelter Executive Director Linda Oberhaus, Lee Kraus and Erika Terebieniec.

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Thank you to Rotary of Naples Bay!

The Rotary Club of Naples Bay has become a collaborative partner of The Shelter's and has committed to providing gym shoes for adults and children residing in emergency shelter. On May 11, 2017, Wayne Dahlstrom, Rotary Club of Naples Bay, President and Rotary Club members presented Linda Oberhaus, The Shelter's Executive Director, with brand new shoes for emergency shelter residents.

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Photos from Apple Pie Day – April 25, 2017

The Shelter celebrated Apple Pie Day, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at The Shelter Options Shoppe, 968 2nd Ave. North in Naples

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Make a Difference! Volunteers needed at Options!

You can make a difference in our community and transform lives affected by violence and abuse.

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Best wishes to Maria and welcome Paul

The Shelter announces the well-deserved retirement of Options Manager Maria McCormick, who has served our resale store for over 20 years. Paul Kallenberg moved from New York to Naples with his wife and daughter in 2004. He has extensive managerial background at Burberry LTD and Saks Fifth Avenue at Waterside Shops.

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Sandra Marrero honored as Employee of the Quarter

Congratulations to Sandra Marrero, our Spring 2017 Employee of the Quarter! This is Sandra’s second time being nominated and she received three strong nominations from her teammates! Here is just a snippet of what some of them had to say about Sandra…

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The Quarry Fashion show raises funds for The Shelter

The Quarry Fashion Show raised over $17,000 for The Shelter held on March 20, 2017, at The Quarry Golf Lodge. From left, Mary Reilly, Shelter Volunteer and Resource Manager Naomi Goren, Sue Crooks and Pat Rudder. The Shelter is thankful for strong community partners like The Quarry, for their support of The Shelter's mission.

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Naples Heritage supports Shelter’s mission

The Naples Heritage Foundation recently presented a check for $18,000 to support The Shelter's mission. This year's Naples Heritage Cares event raised $36,000, with proceeds divided between The Shelter For Abused Women & Children and Sunshine Kids. The Shelter is grateful for the support of the Naples Heritage Foundation and its significant contributions to the community.

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