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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.




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.




Carrying Their Purple Purses for Women and Girls

 People often ask me why I chose to work in a field that must be so depressing. It's true that every day we're exposed to some of the worst actions that humans can choose to do-- harming those they profess to love. But it's not depressing work, because every day my advocates see hope in people's eyes, and see people's courage in creating a new life without violence. For me, every day I see what a caring community we have and I'm exposed to so many inspirational leaders who dedicate themselves to making our community better.

And when I think of leadership, I think of Kathleen Fyfe as (in addition to her own phenomenal contributions to the community) she has guided and inspired so many people to be more impactful leaders through Leadership Saratoga. With her typical eloquence, Kathleen sums up the importance of the Purple Purse, "Financial literacy is important because no one should feel trapped and not able to leave an abusive relationship."  Click here for more from Kathleen.

Kathleen's words echo the sentiments that underlie Soroptimist International of Saratoga County's signature service project, Project Hope and Power, an eight week financial literacy program designed to give women the skills, confidence and supports to be economically self sufficient. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through education and empowerment. Project Hope and Power, a 12-year  collaboration with Wellspring, began when the club members learned that many domestic violence victims remain in abusive relationships because of simple economics-- they're afraid they would be unable to afford rent, food, and health care for themselves and their children if they left.

Robin Solomon and Karen Totino are two local women who are not only Soroptimists, but also successful business owners. Robin  notes that domestic violence is, "an important issue for women and an important issue for the men who love them." Click here to hear about the many women in her life who inspire this commitment. Karen's  words embody the sisterhood of all women and Soroptimist's commitment to upholding all women, "I don't want any woman to feel alone in her struggle."Click here for more from Karen about the challenges women face here and globally.

Carrying Their Purple Purses for Women and Girls

 People often ask me why I chose to work in a field that must be so depressing. It's true that every day we're exposed to some of the worst actions that humans can choose to do-- harming those they profess to love. But it's not depressing work, because every day my advocates see hope in people's eyes, and see people's courage in creating a new life without violence. For me, every day I see what a caring community we have and I'm exposed to so many inspirational leaders who dedicate themselves to making our community better.

And when I think of leadership, I think of Kathleen Fyfe as (in addition to her own phenomenal contributions to the community) she has guided and inspired so many people to be more impactful leaders through Leadership Saratoga. With her typical eloquence, Kathleen sums up the importance of the Purple Purse, "Financial literacy is important because no one should feel trapped and not able to leave an abusive relationship."  Click here for more from Kathleen.

Kathleen's words echo the sentiments that underlie Soroptimist International of Saratoga County's signature service project, Project Hope and Power, an eight week financial literacy program designed to give women the skills, confidence and supports to be economically self sufficient. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through education and empowerment. Project Hope and Power, a 12-year  collaboration with Wellspring, began when the club members learned that many domestic violence victims remain in abusive relationships because of simple economics-- they're afraid they would be unable to afford rent, food, and health care for themselves and their children if they left.

Robin Solomon and Karen Totino are two local women who are not only Soroptimists, but also successful business owners. Robin  notes that domestic violence is, "an important issue for women and an important issue for the men who love them." Click here to hear about the many women in her life who inspire this commitment. Karen's  words embody the sisterhood of all women and Soroptimist's commitment to upholding all women, "I don't want any woman to feel alone in her struggle."Click here for more from Karen about the challenges women face here and globally.


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