Chef Ardel Nelson – quick holiday dinners on a budget

Once a month, Chef Ardel Nelson offers a healthy cooking class for residents in our emergency shelter. Each class includes how to prepare an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert.

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Immokalee Outreach Office takes part in 25th Annual Christmas Around the World

The Shelter Immokalee Outreach Office took part in the ’25th Birthday Celebration of the Christmas Around the World Parade and Snow Gala,' Dec. 10, in Immokalee.

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The Shelter cited in human trafficking article in Florida Weekly

A form of modern-day slavery, human trafficking is legally defined as a person who is exploited for sex or labor by force, fraud, or coercion — or as a minor under age 18. Ms. Rosenblatt wrote a memoir called “Stolen” about her experiences primarily in the 1980s, before human trafficking was identified as a crime.

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The Shelter Options Shoppe taking part in Holiday Stroll

Stroll the Naples Design District’s diverse shops at your leisure all day and get your passport signed, continue into the evening while enjoying a night of charity and holiday cheer! Begin the event at The Shelter Options Shoppe, where you will receive your 'passport,' then walk down 10th St. to the next party spot. VIEW MAP Start your holiday shopping with proceeds going to great causes! Maps and passports will be distributed so you know all of the participants. Customers visiting the most shops will be eligible to win gifts! Leave your signed passport at your ...

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Shelter earns Charity Navigator 4-star rating for seventh consecutive year

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children recently earned Charity Navigator’s four-star rating for the seventh year in a row. “Only 4% of the charities we evaluate have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Shelter for Abused Women & Children outperforms most other charities in America,” states Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator CEO. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Shelter for Abused Women & Children apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” READ FULL ...

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Shop for The Shelter 2017 a big success!

Thank you to everyone who assisted with and/or attended this year's Shop for The Shelter, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at The Shelter Options Shoppe, 968 2nd Ave. North in Naples. This year in addition to refreshments, drawings and great holiday bargains, we even had snow and Santa to greet our customers! All sales went to support The Shelter's life-changing services. What a special way to start the holiday season!

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Shelter Board Member Kamela Patton honored by state

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children is pleased to announce that Shelter Board Member Kamela Patton has been named the 2017 superintendent of the year by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation.

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Trustee Chair Colleen Murphy honored by Naples Daily News

  Naples Daily News November 29, 2017 READ STORY IN PRINT The Shelter for Abused Women & Children is pleased to announce that our Board of Trustees Chair Colleen Murphy was recognized by Naples Daily News as one of the “25 over 50” honorees, Nov. 29, at the Hilton Naples. The award “salutes leaders in Lee and Collier counties who continue to leave an imprint with their professional achievements, philanthropic missions and leadership abilities.” . As Vice President of Private Wealth Management at Capital Wealth Advisors, Colleen has more than ...

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The Shelter Options Shoppe celebrates Grand Reopening

The Shelter Options Shoppe celebrated its Grand Reopening, Nov. 15, 2017, at the store, 968 2nd Ave North in Naples. Festivities included refreshments, special deals, drawing prizes and a kick off of the Challenge for Change program, which allows customers to round up their purchase and donate the change to The Shelter. Proceeds up to $25,000 will be matched by the Morey Family Foundation.

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The Shelter’s heart beats for the community

As we enter the season of giving and thanks, our hearts and facility are full here at The Shelter. As I write this, 25 adults, 28 children and four pets are safe and empowered with the basic necessities, services and counseling needed to restore hope and healing to their lives. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that no one in our community is safe from domestic violence. Last year, there were over 1,600 reports of domestic violence in Collier County. The chance of a mass murder, like those in Sutherland Springs, Texas and Rancho Tehama, California, was right here in Collier County – 1,600 times over.

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The Shelter Options Shoppe Grand Reopening

The Shelter Options Shoppe celebrated its Grand Reopening, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at the store, 968 2nd Ave. North in Naples, FL. Shelter Trustee and Options volunteer Pat Wheeler emceed the ceremony. Speakers included Options Manager Paul Kallenberg, Shelter CEO Linda Oberhaus, founding board member Milda Vavaida and Collier County Commission Chair Penny Taylor. Scott Harris cut the ribbon, joined by members of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. "This year, Options generated 11 percent of The Shelter’s budget so you can see the significance of this store," ...

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Local artist donates copper roses

The Shelter would like to thank local artist Stanley Thall for his gift of hand-crafted copper roses. Mr. Thall is 91 years young and has created these beautiful roses for Shelter residents for several years. They are sure to bring a smile to their recipients! . .  

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Shelter receives Heart of the Community Award from Greater Naples Chamber

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children was honored by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce with the Heart of the Community Award, Nov. 8, 2017, during a breakfast award ceremony at the Hilton Naples. The following are CEO Linda Oberhaus' heart-felt words in acceptance of the award: "It means so much for us at The Shelter to receive this recognition. The Heart of the Community is such a beautiful image.  This community has given so much to The Shelter and to the people we serve, and in turn, The Shelter has aimed to spread its message of peace and the import...

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Domestic Violence does not end at home

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children grieves with the families in Sutherland Springs who lost loved ones to unthinkable violence and with a community that will spend many years healing. Today, The Shelter's census is 23 adults, 28 children and one pet. Thanks to you, these survivors will be empowered with the basic necessities, services and counseling needed to restore hope and peace in their lives. But the truth is, no one is safe from domestic violence because it is a crime against all of us. Domestic violence does not end at home. The shooting in Sutherl...

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White dove release celebrates peace during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children celebrated peace, Oct. 18, 2017, with a white dove release during National Domestic Violence Month. Our thanks to White Doves of Naples for their gift of providing 12 white doves for the ceremony. After they are released, the doves are trained to fly back to their home in the Golden Gate Estates.

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The Shelter Immokalee Outreach Office celebrates 18th Annual Peace Fair

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children Immokalee Outreach Office held its 18th Annual Peace Fair, Oct. 23, 2017, at the Immokalee Sports Complex. Full story

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Naples Daily News: Immokalee Peace Fair celebrates ‘love, equality & freedom’

At its 18th annual Peace Fair in Immokalee, the Shelter for Abused Women and Children asked attendees what peace means to them. Some wrote on Post-It notes that family and their children were their peace. Others wrote love, equality and freedom. One person wrote that there was peace in wishing well for others.

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2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Flash Mob at Mercato

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children held its annual flash mob to raise awareness during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Friday, Oct. 27, at Mercato in Naples Florida.

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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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