The challenge: a once in a century pandemic that not only threatened the health and well-being of staff, volunteers, clients and customers, but also required creativity, innovation, action and resilience to continue to provide essential services for adult and child survivors of abuse and assault.
The past few months have been a time of uncertainty as we temporarily closed Gold Mine Resale stores that help fund our services; thankfully open again, now. It became concerning as we canceled one, then two, then five major fundraisers that raise dollars to support life-saving and life-changing counseling, advocacy and therapy services for survivors. What kind of impact would that loss of revenue have on our ability to maintain the specialized services we offer without interruption?
We are grateful for COVID funding recently granted from the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence to directly assist and support survivors and their children, and to defend against the virus in our daily practices and interactions. We appreciate the funding from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation that helps us deal with some of the unexpected consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
WRCNM Development Director, Kari VandenBrink, pictured above, said the support of the Emergency COVID-19 Appeal is humbling, “The response has been overwhelming and WRCNM donors have made it abundantly clear through their giving that our work matters; that they stand with survivors facing intense uncertainty. The funds are critical to recovering losses due to the in-person event cancellations and temporary closure of the Gold Mine stores. With the support of our community, we can continue to empower survivors in northern Michigan.”