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 they are 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 leaf ...

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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 themselves as a victim, particularly when they're in love with their 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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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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