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This Mothers’ Day

Today's blog post is by one of Wellspring's advocates. She shares her thoughts about Mothers' Day as someone who daily hears about how mothers are impacted by domestic violence. 
 
This Mothers’ Day, we at Wellspring think of our clients who are doing the heartbreaking work of being in an abusive and relationship while parenting their children.  Every day, we hear the worries, concerns and sadness that comes from trying to keep children safe (as well as themselves) when a partner is abusive and controlling.  Leaving the relationship also causes so much turmoil as they must grieve the loss of an intact family, and now navigate the difficult waters of custody and family court.  It is not uncommon for abusers to use children to try to continue to control and punish their partner for leaving.   The strength of these clients is inspiring and on the other side is safety and peace.  So we would like to say Happy Mothers’ Day to all and we will continue our work to support moms who come to us for support and information. Their words touch us and inspire us, every day:

“I feel so sad for my kids…”      “I feel like he is always using the kids, to punish me.”    “My kids come first… I don’t want them to think this is the way men should treat women.”   “My son is beginning to act like my husband…. I know I need to get out and I need to do it safely.”  “Thanks for all your help, I now see a bright future for me and my kids.”    “I really wouldn’t be where I am today without Wellspring’s help. I have my own apartment, my kids are doing awesome and I am moving on.”

Ladies’ Day at Artisinal Brew Works Saturday, March 25th

It's cold out, March is hanging on, and the weatherman just dashed your dreams of a sunny warm weekend. Don't lose hope, there's still an opportunity to rescue your weekend fun. Come to  Artisanal Brew Works from noon-3 on Saturday for their Ladies' Day event. In addition to great craft beers, there will be massages, aromatherapy, and vendors including: Jerry's Jewels, Lu Lu Roe, Arbonne and more.

So join us at 41 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs on Saturday March 25th from noon-3. Do a little shopping, catch up with friends, and get warm from the inside out...  may I suggest their just-released Belgian Red?

Ladies’ Day at Artisinal Brew Works Saturday, March 25th

It's cold out, March is hanging on, and the weatherman just dashed your dreams of a sunny warm weekend. Don't lose hope, there's still an opportunity to rescue your weekend fun. Come to  Artisanal Brew Works from noon-3 on Saturday for their Ladies' Day event. In addition to great craft beers, there will be massages, aromatherapy, and vendors including: Jerry's Jewels, Lu Lu Roe, Arbonne and more.

So join us at 41 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs on Saturday March 25th from noon-3. Do a little shopping, catch up with friends, and get warm from the inside out...  may I suggest their just-released Belgian Red?

Wellspring to Host ‘Changemakers’ as a celebration of the people and programs who help create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 8, 2017

Submitted by Maggie Fronk, Executive Director

Wellspring (DVRC)

(518) 583-0280

 

Wellspring to Host ‘Changemakers’ Fundraiser as a celebration of the

people and programs who help create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse

 

On Thursday, March 30, Wellspring is hosting ‘Changemakers—Champions for Change’ as a celebration of the people and programs who help create a community free of relationship and sexual abuse.  The event, made possible in part by Gold Sponsors The Adirondack Trust Company and MVP Healthcare, is being held at Prime at Saratoga National, and will begin at 6:30 PM.

 

The evening will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and silent auction.  The event will introduce guests to a sampling of Wellspring’s powerful programs offered to our community that educate about healthy relationships and consent, prevent relationship and sexual abuse, and foster social change.  The evening will also highlight the services Wellspring provides to more than 1,000 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault each year, to help keep them safe, understand their experiences and access important resources.  Domestic Violence is the #1 cause of family homelessness in Saratoga County.

 

Tickets for the evening are $75 a person, $150 a couple, and are available online at www.wellspringcares.org/change, or by calling Wellspring at 518-583-0280.

 

Wellspring Executive Director Maggie Fronk, said, “Wellspring wants to change the way people, and society think about domestic violence and sexual assault.  Every one of us has the potential to be a Changemaker; many of our programs work to help people be more aware about these issues, and to give them the skills to create the change needed to end relationship and sexual abuse.”

 

She went on to add, “These relationship and sexual abuse affect our entire community.  We are honored to have the chance to recognize members of our community who have already demonstrated their commitment to this change.  I’d also like to acknowledge several of our generous sponsors including Stewart’s Shops, Saratoga National Bank & Trust, Polyset, and The Office of Sherry Finkel Murphy, Northwest Mutual, as well as Mazzone Hospitality for their support of the event.”

 

About Wellspring

At Wellspring, our mission is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse.  Each year, our crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—providing safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence, as well as comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management.    While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence.  Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations.

Parents: It affects 1 in 3 Teens. Would you recognize it?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Did you know, 1 in 3 teens experience some form of dating violence? They're often reluctant to tell their parents or  teachers. Would you recognize the signs?

Soroptimist International, an organization devoted to helping girls locally and across the world,  reports that "82% of parents felt confident they'd be able to tell if their teen was in an abusive relationship, but less than HALF of these parents could correctly identify the signs of teen dating abuse." They've created a an infographic with information about identifying dating violence, talking to your teen (or his/her friends) about it, and supporting a teen who has experience dating violence. You can also sign up here for other resources such as a video for parents and tips to take action to help teens.

Need some resources to  share with the teens you know? Love is respect has 2 quick quizzes :

If you are a teen who is experiencing dating violence ... or if you are a parent or friend of someone and you're concerned they may be-- call Wellspring at 518-583-0280. All services are free and confidential.




Parents: It affects 1 in 3 Teens. Would you recognize it?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Did you know, 1 in 3 teens experience some form of dating violence? They're often reluctant to tell their parents or  teachers. Would you recognize the signs?

Soroptimist International, an organization devoted to helping girls locally and across the world,  reports that "82% of parents felt confident they'd be able to tell if their teen was in an abusive relationship, but less than HALF of these parents could correctly identify the signs of teen dating abuse." They've created a an infographic with information about identifying dating violence, talking to your teen (or his/her friends) about it, and supporting a teen who has experience dating violence. You can also sign up here for other resources such as a video for parents and tips to take action to help teens.

Need some resources to  share with the teens you know? Love is respect has 2 quick quizzes :

If you are a teen who is experiencing dating violence ... or if you are a parent or friend of someone and you're concerned they may be-- call Wellspring at 518-583-0280. All services are free and confidential.




Cantina’s donating 33% to help Wellspring get to zero

Dining out fundraiser for Wellspring

Join us at Cantina at 430 Broadway in  Saratoga Springs on February 8 anytime from 11:30-9  for lunch or dinner. Cantina is generously donating 33% of proceeds in support of Wellspring's work to end relationship and sexual abuse in our community.

Feeling more like a night in with the family? That's OK. Treat yourself to take out from Cantina and a relaxed family dinner at home.

If you're planning on dining in, reservations are recommended, so you don't have to wait.

Your support brings Wellspring closer to our vision of a community without abuse.

Cantina’s donating 33% to help Wellspring get to zero

Dining out fundraiser for Wellspring

Join us at Cantina at 430 Broadway in  Saratoga Springs on February 8 anytime from 11:30-9  for lunch or dinner. Cantina is generously donating 33% of proceeds in support of Wellspring's work to end relationship and sexual abuse in our community.

Feeling more like a night in with the family? That's OK. Treat yourself to take out from Cantina and a relaxed family dinner at home.

If you're planning on dining in, reservations are recommended, so you don't have to wait.

Your support brings Wellspring closer to our vision of a community without abuse.

Move Aside Mr. Groundhog

So February has some important dates to remember:
Valentines Day (14th)
Bartenders' Ball  (11th- show up to support this year's recipient CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services)
Presidents' Day (20th ...and start of a school break for many)...
and of course
Groundhog Day (2nd... we haven't really had winter yet, but I'd be OK with an early spring).


So tomorrow we'll be talking about whether the groundhog predicts an early spring or more winter, but here's something to think about all month long. It's Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Talk to your kids about signs of abuse in a relationship... and what constitutes a health relationship. At Wellspring, we want everyone to have healthy relationships. Sometimes it's confusing to discern when everyday behaviors cross the line into controlling. This month we'll be sharing some tools to increase awareness, start the conversation, and give you some resources if needed.  Let's start with discussing boundaries and consent.

Not every healthy relationship looks the same.  However, every healthy relationship does need safe communication, trust, boundaries, and mutual respect. Being on the same page is important, you want  to make sure that both you and your partner want and expect the same things.  Everyone should feel comfortable setting boundaries as they see fit, and these boundaries may change or adjust as the relationship evolves. Having open communication regarding your boundaries in a relationship creates respect and ensures that  each person’s needs are  being met. Check out Wellspring's video about consent to start the conversation.

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