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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The Shelter salutes its dedicated volunteers

Under the theme, “Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place,” The Shelter for Abused Women & Children honored its 480 dedicated volunteers, Mar. 30, with a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Kensington Country Club. In 2016-17, Shelter volunteers logged an amazing 22,183 hours of service. If monetized, the total would exceed $522,631, based on 2015 figures from the Independent Sector. The lion’s share of the volunteer hours were given at The Shelter’s Options Thrift Shoppe, but countless hours were also spent answering The Shelter’s crisis hotline, ...

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Nordstrom donates $10,000 to Shelter’s Healing Arts

Nordstrom recently donated $10,000 to assist The Shelter’s Healing Arts program, which utilizes yoga, breath work, creative writing, art therapy, meditation, drumming circles and other clinically proven methods to help survivors heal from the past, live fully in the present and plan for a life free from violence.

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Troy Vincent’s keynote address during Mending Broken Hearts with Hope

Troy Vincent, Vice President of NFL operations, presented the keynote address during the 2017 Mending Broken Hearts with Hope Luncheon, Feb. 20, 2017, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL. Vincent grew up in a home with domestic violence and has been instrumental in raising awareness and calling on men to stand with women to stop and prevent domestic violence.

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Suncoast Foundation grant supports Shelter Child Care

The Suncoast Credit Union has been a wonderful partner to The Shelter, providing a variety of grants through its Suncoast Credit Union Foundation since 2008. This year, The Shelter received a $5,000 grant to support the purchase of supplies and materials for our Onsite Child Care Program which serves families in our emergency shelter. Thank you!  

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Warehouse/Floor Assistant

  Title: Warehouse/Floor  Assistant  Reports to: Manager, The Shelter Options Shoppe Status: Full-time, Non-exempt Description:     Assist and provide support to the warehouse organization, sales, and operations of the store with responsibility for merchandise handling and the delivery of excellent customer experience to donors and customers. Organization and donation support specific to the warehouse. Requirements & Skills:         High school degree or equivalent Bi-lingual (Spanish) ...

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