Friday, April 17, 2015

Reach Out Friday: Womensafe

The third Friday of every month is Reach Out Friday! Learn about ways that you can use crochet to help others through special charities and groups. Today's featured charity is Womensafe.

Womensafe provides shelter, food, and services to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. They have a secure, modern facility and work to protect and empower those who are vulnerable and scared. Domestic violence is a huge problem affecting our nation with almost 5 million women experiencing violence perpetrated against them by an intimate partner each year. Also, though Womensafe focuses on women and children, I want to remind everyone that men experience domestic violence as well and account for about 15% of all survivors. Anything that can be done to help those affected, whatever their gender, is a step in the right direction. You can donate almost any crocheted item to the shelter and have an impact on someone's life.

Mission Statement
"WomenSafe’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeastern Ohio. WomenSafe responds to the needs of victims experiencing domestic violence and provides education in the community aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic violence and making the community aware of what help is available."

Special Considerations
Crochet blankets, clothes, toys, and baby items would all be well-received. Right now they have a particular need for washcloths which are simple to crochet and are very useful.

Reach Out
Women and children at the shelter are in need of many basic items that can be donated along with your crocheted item, so you might consider donating those things as well. If you're ready to help, you can find more information on their website.

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