There are many lovely aspects about summer in Northern Michigan, top of the list are our annual Women Can/Women Do luncheons held in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Otsego and Emmet counties to support vital services provided by Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM). The events are kindness in action, making a positive difference in many peoples’ lives.
The first luncheon of the season took place in June at Castle Farms in Charlevoix. It was heartwarming to see so many WRCNM friends during this event! We thank guests who attended and those who bid on auction items generously donated by local businesses and individuals. We are also grateful for the support of Table Captains who encouraged attendance and Designers who created unique table decorations for all to enjoy. Committee members helped with many details and pulled it all together. We are so grateful!
We look forward to upcoming events on August 9 at Sojourn Lakeside Resort in Gaylord (Otsego County), and September 21 at Bay Harbor Yacht Club-Lange Center (Emmet County).
Luncheon guests learn more about WRCNM’s Safe Home and Transitional Supportive Housing, and how these programs create a path for survivors on their journey to a future free from harm.
Domestic abuse and homelessness are intertwined because the power and control dynamics related to abuse create unique barriers for survivors. Often, abusers isolate their partner financially and socially, significantly reducing their options to exit an abusive relationship and an unsafe home.
Obtaining safe housing and the financial resources to maintain that safety are significant challenges for women and their family members experiencing domestic abuse. In rural areas like ours, the challenges are compounded because affordable housing is scarce, transportation options are limited and supportive resources may be miles away.
Survivors also face additional barriers such as a lack of employment that offers a living wage and reasonably priced healthcare and childcare. These are issues that impact the long-term stability and safety of individuals and families across the nation, including northern Michigan.
The generosity of Women Can/Women Do guests and donors helps us support survivors in need of temporary and transitional housing. Those who have utilized these programs said this:
“I would not have made it through 2020 without your help. My landlord suggested I call. His daughter was in a similar circumstance and WRCNM was so helpful to her. I am really glad he made this recommendation.”
“The first year after leaving the person who was abusing me was extremely stressful on my kids and me. After living in my own home for a year so far, I am finally starting to feel like I can recover from everything that has happened. Thank you, so much.”
“Not having to worry about rent expenses takes a huge load off my family and gives us a chance to build a future after coming from a broken home.”
“This program has helped my family so much! I’ve been able to pay off my bills and work toward fixing my credit. I hope to purchase a house next year. I’ve also been able to grow into a more independent person.”
“Thank you for this opportunity. It makes me happy to know someone else now has a chance to change their life, as well, as I exit the program. Keep doing great things, because it truly does make a difference!”