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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I am Jane Doe – a documentary on sex trafficking and Backpage.com

This is happening in America. I am Jane Doe is a documentary that chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters. The girls were victims of sex trafficking, having been sold on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice.  Narrated by Academy Award-nominee Jessica Chastain and directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, the documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers in real time as they run headlong into a collision ...

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Chief Financial Officer

Title: Chief Financial Officer Reports to: Executive Director Status: Full-time, Exempt   Description:   Responsible for all financial and human resource activities of the organization and management of the fiscal staff. Responsible for all financial and grant reporting. Requirements  & Skills:       ·   Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree and CPA license preferred, or equivalent experience ·   Financial management experience, preferably non-profit ·   Broad base of business ...

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Shelter hosts Give Back – Fill a Pack

The Shelter is collecting school supplies to ensure our school-aged participants are well prepared when they head back to school in August. There are several ways that you can help - adopt a student, purchase items from the list, donate online or donate when you shop at Options. Donations may be dropped off at Options Thrift Shoppe, 968 2nd Avenue North, Naples Deadline is August 1, 2017 For more information, please contact Tsomerville tsomerville@naplesshelter.org or 239-775-3862, ext. 215  

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Cherry wine – a pretty tune about an ugly reality

Based on a song written by singer Hozier, this video was filmed to shed light on domestic violence around the globe. Directed by Irish filmaker Dearbhla Walsh, the video stars Irish native Saoirse Ronan and actor Moe Dunford. It focuses not on the act of violence itself but the world of the victim before and after, as well as how difficult it can be for the victim to see herself as a victim, particularly when she is in love with her abuser.

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Thank you to the Allstate Foundation and Renee Moisan!

The Shelter would like to extend our sincere appreciation to The Allstate Foundation and Allstate volunteer Renee Moisan for being a positive force for change in our community. Renee gave her time and enabled us to receive an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant of $1,000. The Allstate Foundation supports the causes that Allstate agency owners, financial specialists and employees care about most by providing Helping Hands in the Community grants to nonprofits where they volunteer their time to bring out the good in their communities.  

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Naples Daily News – Letter by Linda Oberhaus

Watching Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki’s very public struggle with alleged domestic violence is a testament to the fact that anyone can be a victim of abuse, regardless of age, race and socioeconomic class. Each minute in the United States, nearly 20 people are ...

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Clark Family supports Shelter children’s services and programs

The Shelter is extremely grateful to the Clark Family Foundation for its generous support!

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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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