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While we are so excited about Purple Purse in October, even we need a break sometimes.  Our vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community is a big one, but that doesn't mean we can't have a bit of fun now and again. Below is a fun little puzzle to help us relax, while still getting out an important message.

This is a type of puzzle known as a Nonogram or Picross.  You can find full instructions for this type of puzzle here http://www.nonograms.org/instructions. 
 

If you solve it, you’ll reveal a hidden picture relating to what we have going on in October!
Good luck, and we will be revealing the answer tomorrow!

Their Purses Support Youth Prevention Programs

Elise Britt's commitment to personal excellence doesn't end on the field hockey field or on the weight room, "No one should be in a relationship that doesn't make them a stronger person and a better person." You can view her whole video  here.

Andy Gilpin of CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services says ,"We see the issue of domestic violence on a daily basis, in our shelter, our street outreach and with the families we assist." Click here to listen to why he believes this work is important.

There are a number of programs that Wellspring offers that specifically target the youth in our community.  Some of these, such as Coaching Boys Into Men, we will be talking about in the coming weeks.  Our prevention programs “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes” can also be put on for young-adult audiences.  We also have another prevention program created specifically for teens “In Their Shoes”.  Similar to “In Her Shoes”: this program puts students in the roles of teenagers dealing with a variety of common issues including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia and stalking.  Our goal is to end relationship and sexual abuse; by educating youth on these difficult topics, we can prepare them to know what to do when issues of domestic violence or sexual assault come up in their lives.  If you are interested in scheduling one of these programs, email prevention@wellspringcares.org or call our office at 518-583-0280 .


Their Purses Support Youth Prevention Programs

Elise Britt's commitment to personal excellence doesn't end on the field hockey field or on the weight room, "No one should be in a relationship that doesn't make them a stronger person and a better person." You can view her whole video  here.

Andy Gilpin of CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services says ,"We see the issue of domestic violence on a daily basis, in our shelter, our street outreach and with the families we assist." Click here to listen to why he believes this work is important.

There are a number of programs that Wellspring offers that specifically target the youth in our community.  Some of these, such as Coaching Boys Into Men, we will be talking about in the coming weeks.  Our prevention programs “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes” can also be put on for young-adult audiences.  We also have another prevention program created specifically for teens “In Their Shoes”.  Similar to “In Her Shoes”: this program puts students in the roles of teenagers dealing with a variety of common issues including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia and stalking.  Our goal is to end relationship and sexual abuse; by educating youth on these difficult topics, we can prepare them to know what to do when issues of domestic violence or sexual assault come up in their lives.  If you are interested in scheduling one of these programs, email prevention@wellspringcares.org or call our office at 518-583-0280 .


Their Purses Are For All The Things You Need

Did you know domestic violence is the primary cause of family homelessness in Saratoga County? As the executive director of Shelters if Saratoga, Mike Finocchi knows how one bad break in life, e.g. losing a job or having a serious health issue, can launch a downward spiral. He also knows that with support people can overcome that obstacle and emerge stronger, "Supporting Wellspring assists individuals with getting on a better path in life." Click here to listen to what he has to say about Wellspring. 

Likewise JoAnne Hume encounters many individuals and families that have experienced domestic violence in her work helping people toward self sufficiency "[I'm pleased] to be able to collaborate with [Wellspring]... to eradicate relationship and sexual abuse."
Click here to hear her talk about our collaboration efforts.

Our goal at Wellspring is not just to react to incidents of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault and help the victim, but also to raise awareness to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place. Two of the programs we use to accomplish this are “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes”.  In “A Jury’s Dilemma” participants are treated to a mock trial exploring a case of teenage sexual assault.  During the course of the trial, the participants hear from the defendant, the complainant, their attorneys and other witnesses. They then have guided discussion to talk about the case and their opinions, learning about the realities of a Sexual Assault trial in the process.  During “In Her Shoes”  participants take on the roles of clients working with Wellspring, navigating the legal system, social welfare and finding out how difficult leaving a domestic violence relationship can be,  If you are interested in having any of these programs put on at your school, church our community group, contact prevention@wellspringcares.org

Their Purses Are For All The Things You Need

Did you know domestic violence is the primary cause of family homelessness in Saratoga County? As the executive director of Shelters if Saratoga, Mike Finocchi knows how one bad break in life, e.g. losing a job or having a serious health issue, can launch a downward spiral. He also knows that with support people can overcome that obstacle and emerge stronger, "Supporting Wellspring assists individuals with getting on a better path in life." Click here to listen to what he has to say about Wellspring. 

Likewise JoAnne Hume encounters many individuals and families that have experienced domestic violence in her work helping people toward self sufficiency "[I'm pleased] to be able to collaborate with [Wellspring]... to eradicate relationship and sexual abuse."
Click here to hear her talk about our collaboration efforts.

Our goal at Wellspring is not just to react to incidents of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault and help the victim, but also to raise awareness to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place. Two of the programs we use to accomplish this are “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes”.  In “A Jury’s Dilemma” participants are treated to a mock trial exploring a case of teenage sexual assault.  During the course of the trial, the participants hear from the defendant, the complainant, their attorneys and other witnesses. They then have guided discussion to talk about the case and their opinions, learning about the realities of a Sexual Assault trial in the process.  During “In Her Shoes”  participants take on the roles of clients working with Wellspring, navigating the legal system, social welfare and finding out how difficult leaving a domestic violence relationship can be,  If you are interested in having any of these programs put on at your school, church our community group, contact prevention@wellspringcares.org

Their Purses Are For All The Things You Need

Did you know domestic violence is the primary cause of family homelessness in Saratoga County? As the executive director of Shelters if Saratoga, Mike Finocchi knows how one bad break in life, e.g. losing a job or having a serious health issue, can launch a downward spiral. He also knows that with support people can overcome that obstacle and emerge stronger, "Supporting Wellspring assists individuals with getting on a better path in life." Click here to listen to what he has to say about Wellspring. 

Likewise JoAnne Hume encounters many individuals and families that have experienced domestic violence in her work helping people toward self sufficiency "[I'm pleased] to be able to collaborate with [Wellspring]... to eradicate relationship and sexual abuse."
Click here to hear her talk about our collaboration efforts.

Our goal at Wellspring is not just to react to incidents of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault and help the victim, but also to raise awareness to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place. Two of the programs we use to accomplish this are “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes”.  In “A Jury’s Dilemma” participants are treated to a mock trial exploring a case of teenage sexual assault.  During the course of the trial, the participants hear from the defendant, the complainant, their attorneys and other witnesses. They then have guided discussion to talk about the case and their opinions, learning about the realities of a Sexual Assault trial in the process.  During “In Her Shoes”  participants take on the roles of clients working with Wellspring, navigating the legal system, social welfare and finding out how difficult leaving a domestic violence relationship can be,  If you are interested in having any of these programs put on at your school, church our community group, contact prevention@wellspringcares.org

They Know the Power of the Purse


Sherry Finkel Murphy is a financial advisor and she eloquently explains financial abuse, "Sometimes financially controlling behaviors are a sign of domestic abuse... and there's no room for that here."  Click Here to hear more from her.


Kathleen Fyfe understands the importance of financial literacy, "because no one should feel trapped when trying to get out of an abusive relationship."  Click Here to listen to her thoughts on Domestic Abuse.




While I’ve already talked in previous posts about some of the major services we offer at Wellspring, there are a number of smaller programs that rarely get the spotlight.  Two of these programs are our summer camp and school supply assistance programs.  These programs allow the children of women escaping domestic violence to continue going about their lives as well as taking stress off these mothers.  Additionally, these programs give the mother time where her children are occupied, giving her time to focus on things that may be difficult to do while juggling childcare, like job searching.  School is just around the corner, so if you have any spare folders, binders or other supplies lying around, consider bringing them to our office at 480 Broadway LL20 and donating them!

They Know the Power of the Purse


Sherry Finkel Murphy is a financial advisor and she eloquently explains financial abuse, "Sometimes financially controlling behaviors are a sign of domestic abuse... and there's no room for that here."  Click Here to hear more from her.


Kathleen Fyfe understands the importance of financial literacy, "because no one should feel trapped when trying to get out of an abusive relationship."  Click Here to listen to her thoughts on Domestic Abuse.




While I’ve already talked in previous posts about some of the major services we offer at Wellspring, there are a number of smaller programs that rarely get the spotlight.  Two of these programs are our summer camp and school supply assistance programs.  These programs allow the children of women escaping domestic violence to continue going about their lives as well as taking stress off these mothers.  Additionally, these programs give the mother time where her children are occupied, giving her time to focus on things that may be difficult to do while juggling childcare, like job searching.  School is just around the corner, so if you have any spare folders, binders or other supplies lying around, consider bringing them to our office at 480 Broadway LL20 and donating them!

Their Purple Purses Support the Changes We Need to Make



John Silvestri notes that, ""There are people who say they've never met a victim."  He has, through his legal practice, as a community leader, and in his personal life and , "The impact of domestic violence on their lives and their children's is tremendous." Click here to learn more about what he's learned about relationship and sexual abuse through these interactions.

Mayor Joanne Yepsen recognizes the importance of agencies like Wellspring as, "It's important for each individual to have the resources to end abuse." That's why she collaborates with other leaders in Saratoga, and Wellspring and other community organizations to provide solutions to issues such as affordable housing, improved access to pubic transportation and economic stability. Click here to learn more.

After decades working as a police officer, Sergeant Ray Cordani, understands domestic violence all too well. He's seen the impact on children an is saddened as 25 years later he's responding to domestic incidents where the adult perpetrator he recognizes was once a child in a home at which he regularly responded to domestic violence calls. But he's also hopeful as in that time he's seen improvements in training for police officers, enforcement of orders of protection, use of advocates like those at Wellspring, "This gives me hope that one day this scourge of domestic violence will go away." Click here for more about how our responses to domestic violence have improved over the decades.

Did you know Wellspring provides trainings to businesses,  youth groups and community  groups at no cost? Do you know how  to recognize the early indicators of an unhealthy relationship? Do you feel comfortable talking to a friend who may be experiencing abuse? Are you familiar with the obstacles that often prevent a victim form leaving an abusive relationship... and the resources available to help them overcome these obstacles. Wellspring can answer these questions for you... so you're better prepared to help someone in need to access the support they need to be safe. Call us at 518.583.0280 to schedule a presentation. Together we can end relationship and sexual abuse.





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