Donations to the Harvest Food and Supply Drive are a meaningful way for community members and groups to make a difference in the lives of domestic abuse survivors and their children utilizing Safe Home services.
The annual drive brings in a significant amount of the food and supplies provided to families at the shelter from Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties.
The Safe Home, operated 24/7 by the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM), provides services to survivors at no charge.
During the past fiscal year, the Safe Home provided 2,502 nights of refuge to survivors of domestic abuse and their children.
More than 7,500 meals were provided to shelter residents along with all their daily needs.
Donations of non-perishable foods, paper products, cleaning supplies, personal care items and financial contributions are needed to offset annual costs that exceed $25,000, according to Jamie Winters, Safe Home Coordinator.
Winters emphasized that giving to the Harvest Food and Supply Drive is about more than just about making a donation; it is about making a difference.
“Your donations to the Harvest Food and Supply Drive make a difference by helping us continue to make these vital services available to survivors at the Safe Home,” said Winters.
“Your non-perishable and financial donations provide for the immediate needs of local survivors and their children, and also help make the shelter ‘home’ as these courageous women work to regain control of their lives and take steps toward a positive future.”
Donations may be brought to the WRCNM main office and Gold Mine Resale Shops in Petoskey, or to agency offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord and Mancelona.
A Safe Home Needs List is available at wrcnm.org.
For more information, or to arrange for pick-up of items, call (231) 347-1572.