19th Annual Charity Auction & Dinner with a Twist!
Our plan was to host our 19th Annual Charity Auction and Dinner on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Unfortunately, due to the continued uncertainty of COVID-19, it has been increasingly obvious we will not be able to host such an event. Green Gables Haven counts on this event annually as it is our largest fundraiser that contributes to the operation of our shelter and assisting domestic violence victims. Therefore, we are planning an alternative fundraiser by building raffle packages that will hopefully help us to raise as much funding as possible. We know we will not reach our annual goal of $50,000 but we hope to entice our supporters to contribute via raffle items and selling tickets. We cannot in good conscience request such donations from our local, small businesses knowing the struggles they have faced these past nine (9) months; therefore we have elected to call upon our larger supporters and individuals to assist us.
We have chosen a theme for this Raffle Fundraiser. “Your Experiences Matter” and we hope to highlight a variety of experiences that so many of us have missed as a result of this pandemic. This annual event benefits operations at Green Gables Haven – the only domestic violence shelter in Barry County, Michigan. Our agency brings safety, hope, and new beginnings to our survivors by providing invaluable services such as: emergency shelter, counseling, housing assistance, legal support etc. Your continued participation will assist us in Stopping the Silence to End the Violence in our community.
Instead of our Annual Dinner, Raffles, Silent and Live Auctions, we will offer raffle tickets to our mailing list, our social media supporters, family and friends. These raffle tickets will offer the buyer a variety of options. We are currently building those packages! Watch for more news coming to you in the next couple of months.
Over the past 18 years, this annual event has brought an incredible amount of support and hope in assisting those we serve to find a safer, more secure way of life. Your commitment to this event, our largest fundraiser, has offered 2,211 individuals Hope and Courage to Believe in Change and has set them on their path for a New Life! This level of service would not be possible without the concern and commitment of local government, area businesses, agencies, organizations, churches and caring individuals in our community; we are thankful for the support of our mission. We would love to include you in this incredible group of community leaders and hope we can count on you to help us make a difference during this truly discouraging year.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to support the efforts of Green Gables Haven and make a difference in our community. We plan to sell tickets from February 1st through the 25th with the drawings being held on Friday, February 26, 2021. Watch for more news on how to secure your raffle tickets in the coming weeks!
Allstate Foundation Gifts a “Purple Purse” To Green Gables Haven to Raffle
We continue to be blessed by a multitude of organizations, businesses and individuals! The Allstate Foundation sent Green Gables Haven a Limited-Edition Purple Purse to use as a raffle. One of the Foundation’s primary programs is dedicated to ending domestic violence through financial empowerment of survivors. The purse is symbolic of the Allstate Foundation’s program because purple is the color of domestic violence awareness and the purse is a symbol of a person’s financial domain.
The on-trend deep purple handbag in bucket style, features a cross-body strap and a cinch top with suede and gold accents. Produced in extremely low quantities, the estimated retail value of the purse is $350. The catch? We must raffle the purse no later than December 31, 2020. Tickets are $10 each and will benefit Green Gables Haven – 🙂 Drawing to be held December 28th! Contact us for tickets today! 269-804-6021 – and/or Send Ticket money to Green Gables Haven, PO Box 388, Hastings and for your convince you can VENMO us at GGH 2020 and we will get your tickets sent to you!
Drawing to be held on December 28, 2020. Winner will be contacted immediately!
How Covid-19 has affected Green Gables Haven
While Covid-19 has hit so many incredibly hard, we are blessed to report that during this unpredictable time, no victim has gone unserved. The shelter has remained open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – being an essential organization and knowing people would be in need, we are blessed by the committed Green Gables Haven staff who didn’t miss a beat and were present and available to serve victims who called upon us to help!
Like all organizations and businesses, we are certainly feeling the financial impact of this pandemic and have lost some fundraising opportunities. Sadly, our Spring fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Nibbles, Novelists and New Beginnings which was scheduled for May 13, 2020 was cancelled. We asked that you save the date for May 12, 2021 as we plan to bring in all of our 2020 committed authors and our awesome Emcee, Terri DeBoer!
Thanks to the Barry Community Foundation and the United Way – an alternative to the Bill Porter Memorial Golf Outing offered Green Gables Haven the opportunity to compete and win 1st place in support of our counseling program. We are most grateful to each of you who golfed in support of Green Gables Haven and to you incredible sponsors who ensured the event was a success!
Like everyone we continue to make adjustments to be operational and available to every victim in need of services. Times are trying, depressing and unbearable for so many, we are thankful to have a team of people who are ready with smiles , safety, hope, and new beginnings to our survivors! Thanks to you and Barry County, we continue to be a safe haven….a place for a New Beginning!
We are grateful for our partnership with the Barry County Prosecutor’s Office
I just want to thank you – which I don’t do enough – for all the help you have given my victims. I received a victim impact statement from our victim in common yesterday and wanted to let you know what she said about you. She was writing about her emotional injuries and said she would get flashbacks to the assault whenever she entered her house. That caused her to leave and seek shelter at Green Gables “where I have been helped tremendously”. I’m sure she has been helped tremendously. You do wonderful work, over and above giving victims a place to stay and feel safe. Our area is so blessed to have you.
*Victims Right Advocate, Barry County Prosecuting Attorneys Office
Because of you….Victim’s Gratitude
“Thank you so much for everything you did for me. I can’t even imagine what would have happened if I didn’t have your help. Life has been great since my time with you ended…a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders and I couldn’t be happier. I appreciate you so much – I will be FORVEVER GRATEFUL!” *Client-CH
“While I am sad to leave, I need you all to know that because of you I have gotten my life back. I am now able to provide for myself and my children. My life wouldn’t be what it is today without the love and support I received from Green Gables Haven and the incredible, caring staff. I am stronger because of you,. I am ALWAYS & FOREVER THANKFUL! I love you and miss you! :*Client-TE
“I left the person slowing me down, got 2 jobs, my self-esteem back and now I feel like I can make life decisions by myself. You are all so wonderful, thank you!” *Client-AN
“Every single person on staff was wonderful. They went above and beyond. I left a bad relationship and I’m starting a new chapter. I found housing and self-worth. I want to maintain stability; I know I will now.” *Client-SA
Blessed by Community
There are certainly a lot of things that have to happen in order for our Mission, to provide a temporary, secure, nurturing environment and support to enable victims of domestic violence in Barry County to make appropriate life altering changes, to be implemented every day, and chief of among them is the gift of time, services, goods, and dollars that come from Hope and Courage to Believe in Change for our Victims of Domestic Violence……and that’s YOU!
I know it has been a tough year for all of us in Barry County, and we may not be quite out of the woods yet, but thankfully the pandemic has not prevented supporters of Green Gables from continuing to enable the Staff and the Board of Directors in fulfilling our Mission.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing us with all we need to continue the Hope for Change and for being the light out of the darkness that is domestic violence! We have truly been blessed by the great individuals of our county, the on-going sponsorship partners we have been lucky enough to have since our inception, along with special grants given to us by the Allstate Foundation, Consumers Energy Foundation and the 400 Club of the Barry Community Foundation.
Years of Providing Hope, Changing Lives
Thanks to you and your commitment to support Green Gables Haven since April 1, 2004 over 2,111 individuals, 822 of those being children have been served and saved from a life of violence.
It is incredible to know that Green Gables Haven has been in our community changing and often saving lives for nearly 17 years!
This service simply would not be available if it wasn’t for you, our donors who work with us to ensure our doors stay open and that those in need will always have a place to go!
You are the caretakers of our program. You have provided the Hope that we share with those who enter Green Gables Haven.
IT IS TRULY A GREAT DAY TO BE AN ORGANIZATION IN BARRY COUNTY! A County Who Cares!
For questions about Green Gables Haven, our “Auction” Raffle, the Purple Purse Raffle or any additional information on our program, please feel free to contact:
Janie Bergeron, Executive Director
PO Box 388 Hastings, MI 49058
email@example.com – 269-804-6021