Naples Chamber to honor The Shelter as Heart of Community

The Shelter will be honored with the Heart of Community Award, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at the Hilton Naples. The award is part of the Chamber's Excellence in Industry Awards, which recognize businesses and individuals in Collier County that exemplify the use of innovation, a responsible approach to economic diversification and business and community enhancement. This year's program will be hosted by the Naples Daily News at 7 a.m., as part of the Chamber's "Wake Up Naples" series. Other awards will recognize Business Expansion, Chairman's Award, Company ...

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Shelter staff and survivors gather for candlelight vigil

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children held a candlelight vigil during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Survivors and staff members gathered to light candles in remembrance of those who lost their lives to domestic violence and those who continue to suffer in silence.

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‘I Support the Girls’ makes generous donation to The Shelter

The Shelter is grateful to the local chapter of "I Support the Girls" for the recent donation of over 1,300 items including bras, underwear and feminine hygiene products. I Support the Girls collects and distributes donations of undergarments and supplies to homeless women and girls across North America.

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Making a Difference: Elementary school staff gets ‘eye-opening’ tour at Shelter

By Joe Landon Correspondent, The Collier Citizen CLICK TO PRINT STORY Right before the start of the school year, about 50 teachers from Avalon Elementary were given the opportunity to tour and learn more about The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. "(It) was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my teaching career,” said Christine Brady, a fifth grade teacher. “It was very emotional, but seeing first-hand where some of our students live, and hearing about the situations they endure, helped shape me into an even more compassionate teacher.” We ...

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Naples Daily News Guest Commentary – Unite against domestic violence

Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 By Linda Oberhaus CEO, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children CLICK HERE TO PRINT STORY Morgan Damas would have been nine years old, a beautiful budding ballerina. But there will be no dancing for Morgan. There will be no proms, graduations or weddings for her or any of her siblings. Her mother will never hold a grandchild in her arms. On Sept. 18, 2009, officers found the body of Morgan’s mother Guerline Dieu-Damas inside the stairwell closet of their North Naples townhome. She was bound with a white electrical cord, her throat ...

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Clark Family Foundation Inc. purchases land for new shelter and more

The Shelter is extremely pleased to announce two additional grants from the Clark Family Foundation, Inc., a family Foundation based in Naples, Florida, which supports organizations dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of children.

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Volunteer & Resource Manager

CLICK TO PRINT JOB DESCRIPTION Reports to: Director of Development Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt Description:   Responsible for executing research, solicitation, and coordination of in-kind gift resources and oversight of 250 volunteer core for The Shelter. Focus includes volunteer recruitment, new volunteer programs, volunteer training and orientation, volunteer recognition, special events, public speaking and volunteer community relations. Requirements  & Skills:       ·   Excellent computer skills ·   ...

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Shelter receives grant from Mary Kay Foundation

The Shelter recently received a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation℠. The Shelter was selected to receive one the annual grants to further efforts to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services throughout Collier County. This year’s grant slate brings the total investment in The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program to nearly $42 million. The unrestricted grant funding will be utilized toward The Shelter's general operating expenses such as utilities and building maintenance. “We are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary ...

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2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities

One in three American women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That’s more women than are affected by breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Still, more than one-third of Americans have never discussed the issue. Throughout the month of October, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children is raising public awareness to end domestic violence with a variety of events as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). In addition to taking part in these events, there ...

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Pantry in need of supplies following Hurricane Irma

The Shelter is pleased to report that our residents, pets, staff and families who sheltered here, weathered the storm safe and sound! Although our facility and grounds sustained some damage, our pantry and pet kennel are in desperate need of supplies.

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Learn our 2017 Purple Flash Mob dance!

Join the Shelter’s Purple Flash Mob at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20, at Second Cup at Mercato, as we dance to raise awareness of domestic violence. Watch this video to learn the dance.  VIDEO FROM FRONT VIDEO FROM BACK

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Moe’s Run raises awareness and funding to stop domestic violence

The Moe’s 3-Mile Corporate Run/Walk to benefit The Shelter for Abused Women & Children takes place Thursday evening, Oct. 5, setting out from Moe’s Southwest Grill at Immokalee Road and U.S. 41. The non-chipped run is open to all employees and family of local corporations, businesses, government offices and institutions. Trophies will be awarded to the three teams with the most participants. The team with the most members will win a Moe’s catered meal for each participant (up to 100). Registration is $20 by Sept. 30, $25 Oct. 1-4 and $30 on event day. ...

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Thank you! The Shelter kids went back to school well supplied for success!

The Shelter is grateful to the many groups, agencies and individuals who took part in this year's Give Back Fill A Pack school drive. There were enough donations to send all of our children back to school with new backpacks and school supplies. If you think back to your own first day of school, you will recall how important it is to have brand new supplies to start the year off right. Thank you for giving our children that wonderful opportunity!

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Guild Shower Committee prepares cottage for new family

Members of The Shelter Guild's Transitional Living Shower Committee recently assisted with the furnishing of Blueberry Cottage in preparation of a new family. Furnished with items from The Shelter Options Shoppe, these cottages house survivors for a period of two years. When survivors leave the program, they are able to take the furnishings to their new living arrangements. Affordable housing remains a top need for survivors of domestic violence.  Since 2008, The Shelter’s Transitional Living program has provided safe, affordable, and supportive transitional ...

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Children’s Advocate/Counselor

Title: Children’s Advocate/Counselor Reports to: Shelter Manager Status:   Full-time, Non-exempt Description:     Provide individual and group counseling to children who have witnessed and/or been exposed to domestic violence in the home.  Maintain knowledge of methods proven effective when working with children.  Maintain resource information on services and referrals available throughout the community.  Train community and professionals on special needs and issues of children living in violent homes.  Develop and ...

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Community Education & Training Manager

Title: Community Education & Training Manager Reports to: Senior Operations Officer Status:   Full-time, Exempt Description:   Represent The Shelter, its mission and vision to the general public and professional groups and individuals. Responsible for developing and expanding the Shelter’s reach into areas and communities that as of yet may have not seen themselves as affected by domestic violence. Responsible for the overall development and implementation of comprehensive training and education programs, protocols, documentation ...

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State Attorneys Office Advocate

Title: State Attorneys Office Advocate Reports to: Naples Outreach Manager Status: Full Time, Non Exempt Description:     The SAO Advocate will work as part of the team providing legal advocacy and support for the States Attorney’s Office. Provide support, counseling, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence who are in the court system.  Provide information regarding the judicial system, both criminal and civil.  Appear in court and advocate on behalf of the client with representatives of law enforcement, prosecution, and court.  ...

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Shelter kids ‘grow’ their giving tree!

Outside the door of our Child Services Director's office is a colorful tree with leaves decorated with words and pictures. The beautiful artwork followed the reading of  "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. After reading the book, the group discussed what it means to be grateful. Then they made the tree and each child received a leaf on which to draw or write something for which he or she is grateful. They also got the chance to color the tree trunk and use the heart stickers as "apples." When the moms came to pick up the children, they proudly pointed out their ...

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Avalon Elementary School staff visits The Shelter

Fifty teachers, counselors and school leadership from Avalon Elementary School in East Naples toured The Shelter on Friday, August 11, to learn more about the facility and the many services and programs offered to the public free of charge. Shelter Executive Director Linda Oberhaus greeted the group and discussed The Shelter's role in preventing, protecting and prevailing over domestic violence and human trafficking. Outreach Manager Danielle Paez also addressed the group. The visit was organized by the Principal Jessica Campbell and Assistant Principal Melissa ...

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Shelter takes part in Youth Leadership Collier

Shelter Executive Director Linda Oberhaus recently shared her work day with Youth Leadership Collier Job Shadow participant Chelsea Casabona. The half-day experience allows YLC participants to learn more about a preferred area of career exploration and community involvement. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Collier, Oberhaus said she was glad to take part in the shadowing program and provide Chelsea with an opportunity to learn more  about operations of a nonprofit domestic violence shelter. Chelsea was also able to sit in on a portion of The Shelter's core comp ...

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