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They’re Parents Wearing A Purse

Meg Kelly may be Saratoga Springs' Deputy Mayor, but she's also a mom, "Domestic violence is something that needs to be addressed with all our teens as they're coming into adulthood." Click here to find out how being  a mom inspires her to wear a Purple Purse.

Hearing the number of girls and women victimized by relationship abuse or sexual assault... and thinking of his own daughters and their friends was the catalyst for Matt D'Abate volunteering to serve on Wellspring's board of directors for the past 6 years, "I want to make sure they live in a world free of relationship and dating violence." Click here to hear more about his vision.

Michael Prezioso sees the impact of domestic violence every day through the correlations between addiction, mental health issues and history of domestic  violence or sexual assault... especially for children, "It affects their ability to have  happiness and a fulfilled life."  But as a dad of two girls his caring about this issue doesn't stop at the office. Click here to hear more from Michael about why he's wearing a Purple Purse.

Did you know Wellspring provides prevention education programs to more than 6,000 youth each year. We also have an advocate co-located at Shenendehowa High School, Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College, providing  youth easy access to an advocate to discuss concerns about dating violence- their own, or concerns for friends. We have interactive exercises like In Their Shoes (an experiential learning exercise that helps youth and adults learn more about dating violence) and A Jury's Dilemma (a professionally made film that depicts a rape trial of the most common date rape scenario in our county, a party with underage drinking and a 'he said- she said' situation.) The audience are the jurors and together learn about date and acquaintance rape-- and actions we can take to deter assaults- as they debate the verdict. This is a great opportunity to open lines of communication  between parents and teens. Call us to schedule a program for your youth or parent group.

Their Purses Are Action Oriented!

 
Click here to learn more about how The Women in Business Committee (WIB) of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County has assisted Wellspring's clients for more than 12 years by collecting and assembling items needed to assist them on their journey in breaking free and staying free from abusive relationships. Through 3 programs: Baskets of Hope (personal care items), New Beginnings Baskets (basic household items needed as survivors transition into a violence-free home) and Backpacks of Hope (back-to-school supplies for the kids), they provided more than 4,000 baskets to help survivors. Want to know how this started? One WIB member, Marti Luzinias, was chatting with me and asked  if Mothers' Day is sometimes a difficult day for our shelter guests (yes). She gave us 9 baskets of personal care items to give the moms in our shelter on Mothers Day to bring them cheer...and the rest is history. I've lost touch with Marti over the years (if you know her, share this post so she knows what an impact she has made!!!) So here's the formula:

1 caring person 
+ 1 conversation to learn more about the needs
x  taking action=
IMMEASURABLE IMPACT!
 
I've seen this happen time and time again. In fact, Gerard Amedio of Saratoga Cycling did just that. The first time we met, I didn't even ask. He offered to have us in to talk to the students in his spin class... and then committed to doing a karma cycle class in October to support Wellspring's Purple Purse Challenge. Here's what he has to say; you can just hear the excitement in his voice and how inspired his students are to help. Getting in shape in a state of the art studio with a dynamic instructor... while supporting Wellspring's mission to end relationship and sexual abuse... that's a winning combo!
 
And speaking of fitness instructors who can inspire you to achieve your goals, Becky Weyrauch of Rock Your Fitness gets people moving, laughing,  and looking radiant after a bootcamp fitness class  that ends before the sun is even up in the sky. Becky shared her thoughts with us about Wellspring's vision and the Purple Purse Challenge, "Let's stop domestic violence for all ages, for women, children, and, yes, men too. Let's Do It!"  Click here to hear more and get motivated! 
 
Feeling motivated? Want to help with the Purple Purse Challenge? Can you:
  • Organize an event to raise funds in your workplace (dress down Friday and donate to Wellspring anyone?)
  • Be a team captain and raise funds for the Challenge in your name asking your friends to support your efforts (we've got the fundraising pages all set for you and can coach you on how to do this. Think of all the times you've supported friends because you were proud of their efforts.)
  • Share with others that you care about ending domestic violence. Share our blog posts, ways you can help, and links to more information about programs and services.
  • Donate online to Wellspring's Purple Purse Challenge this October (we'll provide the link to the donations page when the campaign starts). We don't need to be wealthy philanthropists to make a difference. Every dollar counts. Remember 9 baskets donated one Mothers' Day grew to a commitment that's lasted 13 years and now exceeds 4,000.

 

Their Purses Are Action Oriented!

 
Click here to learn more about how The Women in Business Committee (WIB) of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County has assisted Wellspring's clients for more than 12 years by collecting and assembling items needed to assist them on their journey in breaking free and staying free from abusive relationships. Through 3 programs: Baskets of Hope (personal care items), New Beginnings Baskets (basic household items needed as survivors transition into a violence-free home) and Backpacks of Hope (back-to-school supplies for the kids), they provided more than 4,000 baskets to help survivors. Want to know how this started? One WIB member, Marti Luzinias, was chatting with me and asked  if Mothers' Day is sometimes a difficult day for our shelter guests (yes). She gave us 9 baskets of personal care items to give the moms in our shelter on Mothers Day to bring them cheer...and the rest is history. I've lost touch with Marti over the years (if you know her, share this post so she knows what an impact she has made!!!) So here's the formula:

1 caring person 
+ 1 conversation to learn more about the needs
x  taking action=
IMMEASURABLE IMPACT!
 
I've seen this happen time and time again. In fact, Gerard Amedio of Saratoga Cycling did just that. The first time we met, I didn't even ask. He offered to have us in to talk to the students in his spin class... and then committed to doing a karma cycle class in October to support Wellspring's Purple Purse Challenge. Here's what he has to say; you can just hear the excitement in his voice and how inspired his students are to help. Getting in shape in a state of the art studio with a dynamic instructor... while supporting Wellspring's mission to end relationship and sexual abuse... that's a winning combo!
 
And speaking of fitness instructors who can inspire you to achieve your goals, Becky Weyrauch of Rock Your Fitness gets people moving, laughing,  and looking radiant after a bootcamp fitness class  that ends before the sun is even up in the sky. Becky shared her thoughts with us about Wellspring's vision and the Purple Purse Challenge, "Let's stop domestic violence for all ages, for women, children, and, yes, men too. Let's Do It!"  Click here to hear more and get motivated! 
 
Feeling motivated? Want to help with the Purple Purse Challenge? Can you:
  • Organize an event to raise funds in your workplace (dress down Friday and donate to Wellspring anyone?)
  • Be a team captain and raise funds for the Challenge in your name asking your friends to support your efforts (we've got the fundraising pages all set for you and can coach you on how to do this. Think of all the times you've supported friends because you were proud of their efforts.)
  • Share with others that you care about ending domestic violence. Share our blog posts, ways you can help, and links to more information about programs and services.
  • Donate online to Wellspring's Purple Purse Challenge this October (we'll provide the link to the donations page when the campaign starts). We don't need to be wealthy philanthropists to make a difference. Every dollar counts. Remember 9 baskets donated one Mothers' Day grew to a commitment that's lasted 13 years and now exceeds 4,000.

 

Their Purple Purses Are At Work


Anne Curcurrito and Jenifer Martin know that, "Domestic  violence affects everyone, including businesses and your employees." Domestic abuse may begin in the home, but it often follows the employee into work. In fact according to a national study, 21% of full time employees have experienced domestic violence... and most indicated their work performance was significantly impacted. Sometimes the impact is obvious as the abuser stalks or harasses their partner at his/her place of employment. Sometimes the signs are more subtle, manifesting as absenteeism, tardiness, declining job performance, excessive time on the phone, or employee turnover. Click here to learn why the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County supports the Purple Purse Challenge.

Allison Holland and her colleagues at Saratoga National Bank, "believe financial security is key to leaving abuse, " and they're "rocking their purple purses in support." As bankers, they were impressed with Wellspring's accomplishments in last year's Purple Purse Challenge. Our donors generously contributed $51,000 to our campaign-- and that earned an additional $26,000 in bonus funding from Allstate. Not a bad rate of return on the support from our local community! Click here to learn more about why the folks at Saratoga National Bank care.

Did you know Wellspring offers services to help employers develop workplace domestic violence policies, train managers and supervisors so they can assist employees in getting the help they need so they can be safe and focus on their job...and so the workplace remains safe for everyone? Did you know you don't personally need to be a victim of domestic violence to access our free, confidential services? If you have someone in your  life who might be experiencing abuse- a son or daughter, a friend, a neighbor, or an employee, you can call us to better understand, to know what the resources are, to know what to say to help, and to discuss your own safety if that's a concern. Employers care about their employees, but also need to focus on their business and employee performance. Wellspring can provide the resources you need-- at no cost.



Their Purple Purses Are At Work


Anne Curcurrito and Jenifer Martin know that, "Domestic  violence affects everyone, including businesses and your employees." Domestic abuse may begin in the home, but it often follows the employee into work. In fact according to a national study, 21% of full time employees have experienced domestic violence... and most indicated their work performance was significantly impacted. Sometimes the impact is obvious as the abuser stalks or harasses their partner at his/her place of employment. Sometimes the signs are more subtle, manifesting as absenteeism, tardiness, declining job performance, excessive time on the phone, or employee turnover. Click here to learn why the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County supports the Purple Purse Challenge.

Allison Holland and her colleagues at Saratoga National Bank, "believe financial security is key to leaving abuse, " and they're "rocking their purple purses in support." As bankers, they were impressed with Wellspring's accomplishments in last year's Purple Purse Challenge. Our donors generously contributed $51,000 to our campaign-- and that earned an additional $26,000 in bonus funding from Allstate. Not a bad rate of return on the support from our local community! Click here to learn more about why the folks at Saratoga National Bank care.

Did you know Wellspring offers services to help employers develop workplace domestic violence policies, train managers and supervisors so they can assist employees in getting the help they need so they can be safe and focus on their job...and so the workplace remains safe for everyone? Did you know you don't personally need to be a victim of domestic violence to access our free, confidential services? If you have someone in your  life who might be experiencing abuse- a son or daughter, a friend, a neighbor, or an employee, you can call us to better understand, to know what the resources are, to know what to say to help, and to discuss your own safety if that's a concern. Employers care about their employees, but also need to focus on their business and employee performance. Wellspring can provide the resources you need-- at no cost.



These Purses Are Going to the Dogs… and Cats

Anyone who has ever talked to Marianne Barker for even a few seconds knows that she loves animals. And any animal that's ever met her, had his ears fluffed and looked in her eyes, has experienced unconditional love and the feeling of being absolutely cherished. From the moment she learned about Wellspring's Safe Pet Partnership, she has supported our work to keep pets safe from abuse. Click here to learn how, "something that had never crossed my mind before" became an important social cause that she and Impressions of Saratoga routinely support.


Today I'm moving out from behind the camera lens to make a video with two of my favorite guys, Andy and Bob, to bring attention to an often overlooked aspect of domestic violence--- abuse of family pets. Back in 1999, Leadership Saratoga helped Wellspring address a serious concern for many domestic violence victims-- the fear that if they were to leave, their abuser would harm their family pet. Often this threat had been voiced so many times that it was a powerful deterrent to them seeking their own safety. With Leadership Saratoga's assistance, our Safe Pet Partnership was created and since then, hundreds and hundreds of pets have been provided veterinary care and temporary foster homes until their human family members found violence free homes... and they could be together again. Click here to learn more about Wellspring's Safe Pet Partnership.

How can you help?
  • Let folks know about how abuse also affects our furry, feathered and finned family members.
  • If you know someone who is leaving abuse, ask if they have any concerns for their pets... and let them know Wellspring can help.
  • Volunteer to be a foster family, opening your home and heart  to a pet until its family finds a safe place for them all to live together.

These Purses Are Going to the Dogs… and Cats

Anyone who has ever talked to Marianne Barker for even a few seconds knows that she loves animals. And any animal that's ever met her, had his ears fluffed and looked in her eyes, has experienced unconditional love and the feeling of being absolutely cherished. From the moment she learned about Wellspring's Safe Pet Partnership, she has supported our work to keep pets safe from abuse. Click here to learn how, "something that had never crossed my mind before" became an important social cause that she and Impressions of Saratoga routinely support.


Today I'm moving out from behind the camera lens to make a video with two of my favorite guys, Andy and Bob, to bring attention to an often overlooked aspect of domestic violence--- abuse of family pets. Back in 1999, Leadership Saratoga helped Wellspring address a serious concern for many domestic violence victims-- the fear that if they were to leave, their abuser would harm their family pet. Often this threat had been voiced so many times that it was a powerful deterrent to them seeking their own safety. With Leadership Saratoga's assistance, our Safe Pet Partnership was created and since then, hundreds and hundreds of pets have been provided veterinary care and temporary foster homes until their human family members found violence free homes... and they could be together again. Click here to learn more about Wellspring's Safe Pet Partnership.

How can you help?
  • Let folks know about how abuse also affects our furry, feathered and finned family members.
  • If you know someone who is leaving abuse, ask if they have any concerns for their pets... and let them know Wellspring can help.
  • Volunteer to be a foster family, opening your home and heart  to a pet until its family finds a safe place for them all to live together.

Rockin’ a Purse to Continually Push for Excellence

By now I'm sure you've heard that Saratoga County continues to rank as the #1 healthiest county in NYS. Not content to rest comfortably with those accolades, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded the Healthy Saratoga initiative, bringing together community leaders and seeking guidance from national experts on how we can build on our achievements ... and also address areas that could use improvements. We're looking for innovative models from other communities across the country so we can continue to challenge ourselves and improve. Click here  to hear from Todd Shimkus about why he's, "rockin' a purple purse for Healthy Saratoga."

DeCrescente Distributing is a family owned business that prides itself on giving back to the community. For many years they've been a drop off location for used cell phones that are repurposed as 911 phones to assist domestic violence survivors to be safe at home, at work, and throughout their daily lives. CJ DeCrescente states, "We've heard incredible stories about how your used cell phone can  -literally- save someone's life." Click here to hear CJ's inspiring words about how collecting cell phones has made them aware of domestic violence in our community.

For the last 35 years, Mark Baker has dedicated himself to fostering the vibrancy, culture, community spirit and economic prosperity of Saratoga Springs. As the president of the Saratoga City Center, he oversaw one of the most important economic drivers in our community... one that consistently surpassed performance goals year-after-year. Like Todd and CJ, he's no stranger to pushing past current success to reach even higher. Click here to hear his thoughts on how Wellspring's work can "help make our community even better.' 

Are you inspired by these leaders who challenge us to excellence? We often think the big social issues that plague us are just too challenging for any one person to make a difference... but that's not true. Former District Attorney James Murphy III often told the story of a local domestic violence victim who locked herself in the bathroom during an assault... and hidden in the linen closet was one of those used cell phones that had been donated to be used as a  911 phone. She made that emergency call and the police came as her abuser was breaking through the door to assault her. One business took the initiative to put out the collection box... one person donated their used cell phone instead of tossing it in the trash... so that our advocates could give that phone to a victim as part of a safety plan... and that one phone may very well have a saved a life that night.

This October Wellspring has set it's own big goal... to lead Saratoga County to the #1 ranking in the nation showing that our community is committed to ending relationship and sexual abuse. The Allstate Purple Purse Challenge starts October 2 and ends October 31. Will you help us by leading a fundraising team, setting up an event in your workplace, spreading  the word on social media and donating? If one person donating a used phone can save a life, imagine the difference we can all make if we work together. Oh, need more inspiration? Allstate is donating $100,000 to the national winner to support survivor services and prevention programs in their community.  If one cell phone can save a life, think what an impact we could make with $100,000 toward making Saratoga County free of relationship and sexual abuse. Want to know how you can help? Just give at us a call at 518.583.0280.

Rockin’ a Purse to Continually Push for Excellence

By now I'm sure you've heard that Saratoga County continues to rank as the #1 healthiest county in NYS. Not content to rest comfortably with those accolades, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded the Healthy Saratoga initiative, bringing together community leaders and seeking guidance from national experts on how we can build on our achievements ... and also address areas that could use improvements. We're looking for innovative models from other communities across the country so we can continue to challenge ourselves and improve. Click here  to hear from Todd Shimkus about why he's, "rockin' a purple purse for Healthy Saratoga."

DeCrescente Distributing is a family owned business that prides itself on giving back to the community. For many years they've been a drop off location for used cell phones that are repurposed as 911 phones to assist domestic violence survivors to be safe at home, at work, and throughout their daily lives. CJ DeCrescente states, "We've heard incredible stories about how your used cell phone can  -literally- save someone's life." Click here to hear CJ's inspiring words about how collecting cell phones has made them aware of domestic violence in our community.

For the last 35 years, Mark Baker has dedicated himself to fostering the vibrancy, culture, community spirit and economic prosperity of Saratoga Springs. As the president of the Saratoga City Center, he oversaw one of the most important economic drivers in our community... one that consistently surpassed performance goals year-after-year. Like Todd and CJ, he's no stranger to pushing past current success to reach even higher. Click here to hear his thoughts on how Wellspring's work can "help make our community even better.' 

Are you inspired by these leaders who challenge us to excellence? We often think the big social issues that plague us are just too challenging for any one person to make a difference... but that's not true. Former District Attorney James Murphy III often told the story of a local domestic violence victim who locked herself in the bathroom during an assault... and hidden in the linen closet was one of those used cell phones that had been donated to be used as a  911 phone. She made that emergency call and the police came as her abuser was breaking through the door to assault her. One business took the initiative to put out the collection box... one person donated their used cell phone instead of tossing it in the trash... so that our advocates could give that phone to a victim as part of a safety plan... and that one phone may very well have a saved a life that night.

This October Wellspring has set it's own big goal... to lead Saratoga County to the #1 ranking in the nation showing that our community is committed to ending relationship and sexual abuse. The Allstate Purple Purse Challenge starts October 2 and ends October 31. Will you help us by leading a fundraising team, setting up an event in your workplace, spreading  the word on social media and donating? If one person donating a used phone can save a life, imagine the difference we can all make if we work together. Oh, need more inspiration? Allstate is donating $100,000 to the national winner to support survivor services and prevention programs in their community.  If one cell phone can save a life, think what an impact we could make with $100,000 toward making Saratoga County free of relationship and sexual abuse. Want to know how you can help? Just give at us a call at 518.583.0280.

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