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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.

They Wear Their Purple Purses In Our Justice System

 
While every day Wellspring's advocates see survivors in our emergency domestic violence shelter, in counseling rooms, at police stations and in the courts, we've got many professional colleagues who also spend a good part of their day addressing the issue of domestic violence. Sheriff Michael Zurlo notes that domestic violence, "is a crime we see far too often here in Saratoga County." In fact, domestic violence is the #2 violent crime in our community (second only to drunk/drugged driving.) Click here for more from Sheriff Zurlo.

As a family court attorney and attorney for the child, Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh has seen many cases of domestic violence,"I've seen the impact domestic violence has-- how it destroys families." Click here for more from Assemblywoman Walsh.

While in a previous job, Nicholas Evanovich had prosecuted domestic violence crimes, I like that he embraces looking at the social change needed to end abuse from all perspectives, "It's something we all have to acknowledge and realize is happening and commit that we're all going to address it together." Click here to hear more about his vision for social change.


They Wear Their Purple Purses In Our Justice System

 
While every day Wellspring's advocates see survivors in our emergency domestic violence shelter, in counseling rooms, at police stations and in the courts, we've got many professional colleagues who also spend a good part of their day addressing the issue of domestic violence. Sheriff Michael Zurlo notes that domestic violence, "is a crime we see far too often here in Saratoga County." In fact, domestic violence is the #2 violent crime in our community (second only to drunk/drugged driving.) Click here for more from Sheriff Zurlo.

As a family court attorney and attorney for the child, Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh has seen many cases of domestic violence,"I've seen the impact domestic violence has-- how it destroys families." Click here for more from Assemblywoman Walsh.

While in a previous job, Nicholas Evanovich had prosecuted domestic violence crimes, I like that he embraces looking at the social change needed to end abuse from all perspectives, "It's something we all have to acknowledge and realize is happening and commit that we're all going to address it together." Click here to hear more about his vision for social change.


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.

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.

 

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