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Community Revitalization & Political Involvement as a Vehicle
Betsy Huggett
      Last night, Kara Heggaton and I attended the 128th Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner.  It was a wonderful evening with some amazing people.  We sat the table with two of our board members and members from our community.  It was amazing to hear the community members talk about what great work we do as an agency.  I always wonder if we are making an impact and to hear it from people in the community, just helps support that we are moving in the right direction. 
      The keynote speaker for the evening was Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Sault High graduate of the Class of 1993, and the first female and youngest mayor in Grand Rapids history.  When she spoke about her history of how she became involved in politics, her story started with getting involved in her Grand Rapids community doing advocacy work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  She stated that she became frustrated with how slowly systems change was happening.  She then said the people around her were encouraging her to run for office.  And when she agreed and ran, she became the youngest and only female Grand Rapids City Commissioner.  Her words to the audience were to encourage our young girls to run for political office.  There is no doubt that women need to have a place in the political arena to assist in the decision making process for the world we all live in. 
     With that in mind, there is an important issue that is being discussed in Washington DC.  The proposed budget cuts for FY18 include the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and some prevention spending from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  These budget cuts would significantly impact the availabilityof services not just here at Diane Peppler Resource Center but across the entire country. 
      We receive a grant called STOP: Service Training Officers and Prosecutors.  It allows us to work closely with our law enforcement agencies by providing them with camera equipment for collecting evidence as well as writable DVDs and other storage devices.  This funding also allows for us to financially support the Chippewa County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.  We have a specialized APA for domestic violence.  It allows for us to have a legal advocate, Adrianna Gunderson, and Luce County Outreach Advocate, Jessica Roberts, who assist survivor through the court process, meet with prosecutors, be part of the DV Task Force, and assist the survivors with filing personal protection orders. 
       VAWA funding also allocates money for the backlog testing of sexual assault kits from around the country.  When this subject first came to light 2 years ago, the city of Detroit was found to have over 11,000 untested sexual assault kits.  This turned out to be the average at several big city police departments.  When a sampling size of the kits were tested (1,600), it was discovered that over 127 new serial rapists were uncovered.  That is too many perpetrators walking the streets, continuing to assault unsuspecting victims.  Our survivors cannot afford to have their kits go untested due to lack of funding to obtain a DNA profile of their perpetrator. 
        From the Centers for Disease Control, we receive a prevention services grant which allows us to go into the schools and community to increase healthy relationship skills and decrease acceptance of violence in relationships.  Kaylynn Cairns has done a wonderful job of working in our three counties to bring these important messages to the schools.  Several community members make up the Sexual Violence Prevention Team and meet monthly to decide the  course of action needed in our area.  Kaylynn also collaborates with Lake Superior State University’s Title IX office, which investigates sexual assault on campus in addition to their other duties.  We believe that eliminating violence in relationships starts with a solid prevention plan that can be taught as young as pre-school.  
       We invite you to join us in contacting our federal legislators, Senator Gary Peters, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Congressman Jack Bergman.  Please let them know that as a constituent, domestic violence and sexual assault deserve to continue to be funded through the Violence Against Women Act.  

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Once again the Sexual Violence Prevention Team of the EUP will host our annual SAAM Speaker. This year’s speaker is Brittany Piper. Brittany is a survivor of a stranger rape when she was on the side of the road due to car trouble. What started as a good Samaritan situation ended in a circumstance that would change Brittany's life forever.  She now tours the world speaking on sexual assault and women's issues as a scholar and activist for change.
On Tuesday, April 4th, Brittany will be telling her story and providing a keynote address focused on Rape Culture and the role people play in continuing the cycle of violence. Rape Culture is society's way of normalizing rape and sexual violence due to societal norms about gender and stereotypes. We hope this presentation will leave our community revitalized and aware of the issues victims face within our community and how we can better assist them through their journey.
We hope to see you all the event on Tuesday, April 4th, at 6:30 pm in the Walker Cisler Superior Room. Community resources will be available to provide a better understanding of the organizations within our community and ways to get involved. Admission is free to the public. If you have any questions about the event please contact Kaylynn Cairns at Diane Peppler Resource Center.

Luce Co. Corner

"A message from our Luce Co. Advocate, Jessica Roberts."

Special Thank You:
Diane Peppler Resource Center would like to thank Newberry Tahquamenon Area Schools for hosting our presentations on respect, healthy relationships, and consent.  We greatly appreciate your participation and look forward to working with you again in the future.

Join Us – Women’s Support Group:
If you are a woman who is a survivor of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault, come join us! This support group is free and confidential. Come get the support you need, or have been looking for, from other woman who have experienced what you are going through. Express your feelings and concerns in a safe environment, with people who care. Please call 906-293-4853 for the location and time of the groups!
Upcoming Events:
Luce County Project Homeless Connect
Diane Peppler Resource Center is getting ready to host the annual Project Homeless Connect Event! The event will take place on August 17, 2017. Please be on the lookout, and stay tuned for more information
Mackinac County Minute
"A message from our Mackinac Co. Advocate, Kristy Dickhousen."

We still have a need for girl's size 4T clothing to be donated.  Please bring to 246 Ferry Lane in St. Ignace.

Girl's Group is starting up on March 2, 2017 at St. Ignace Middle School, with topics including self-esteem, peer pressure, relationships, friendships, dating violence, emotions, stress, coping skills, bullying and gossip, and technology.

The Mackinac County Child Protection Roundtable is supplying a food truck on March 15th, at 11:00am at Little Bear Arena in St. Ignace.
We gladly accept donations. The need for donors is constant. Here is a brief wish list that the shelter has (in no particular order):
  • Monetary Donations  via PayPal, Cash or Check
  • Gift Cards to local stores, gas stations or other establishments.
  • Towels (of all sizes & in good shape)
  • Baby Monitors (gently used and in working order)
  • Diapers of all sizes, baby wipes, baby wash and lotions, creams or medicines
  • Trash Bags
  • Toilet paper, paper towel, etc.
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Plastic Storage Bins
  • New Batteries of all sizes
  • New Unopened Packages of Underwear and Socks
  • Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, and Dryer Sheets
  • Personal Hygiene Products and Feminine Products (shampoos, conditioners, body washes, razors, shaving cream, hair brushes, q-tips, tampons, etc.)
  • New Pillows
  • Unopened over the counter medications (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, allergy medications, tums, children’s medicine, etc.)
  • First aid kits
  • Hand soaps and hand sanitizer
  • Children’s Craft Items
  • Household cleaning items
  • Non Perishable Food items and Some Non-Expired Perishable Foods
  • Kitchen Items including dishes, pots and pans, utensils, and knife sets
If you have any questions about what you can donate, call 906-635-0566.
You can shop online at to make those same exact purchases and they will make a donation to the Diane Peppler Resource Center every time that you purchase from their website! 
If you are a victim, or are a friend or family member of a victim, in need of support, here are local support group options hosted by the Diane Peppler Resource Center that you are more than welcome to attend.  If you have questions about locations, times, or topics of discussion please call us at 1-800-882-1515
Chippewa County

Domestic Violence Group
Every Thursday
Sexual Violence Group
Every Tuesday
Mackinac County

Walk in anytime
246 Ferry Lane
St. Ignace MI

Luce County
Walk in anytime
407 W. Harrie St.
Newberry MI
You can donate to our shelter using the PayPal link on our website

The Diane Peppler Resource Center uses monetary donations to purchase specific items for residents when the items are not donated or can't be donated.  This can include but is not limited to: undergarments, medications, and specific dietary restriction food items.

All donations are tax deductible. Donation receipts available upon request.
We would like to thank all of the donors who supported the Diane Peppler Resource Center in the month of February.
  • Don Corbiere
  • Heather Hagberg
  • Lodge of Bravery
  • Kara Heggaton
  • Adrianna Gunderson
  • Postma Brothers Syrup
  • Cara Hakola
  • Ida and Emerson Kraft
  • Little Ceasars
  • Lighthouse Christian Church
  • Brian Peppler
  • Wanda Mohr
  • Charles Lindinsky
  • Joy Trumbley
  • Cheryl Tellas
  • Mary Trapasso
  • Carole Yeomans
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Tau
  • Andrea Kinnear
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • And many anonymous donors
We would also like to thank our volunteers for giving their time in the month of February.
  • Cara Hakola
  • Ashley Halliwell
  • Nate Yeomans
  • Brendan Benson
  • Rachel Frank
  • Mike McKerchie
  • Trudie Melville
  • Nichol Evans
  • Don Corbiere
  • Ellen Quinlivan
  • Jennifer Dibble
  • Errin Fornicola
  • Caitlin Spink
  • And Megan Hall
  • As well as our Interns:
  • Michelle Bishop
  • Melinda Lujan
  • Alyssa Barker
The Diane Peppler Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help with the following:
  • Shoveling our walkway's in the winter
  • Complete Clean-out of the shelter basement
  • Overnight crisis line volunteers
  • Organizing/cleaning of the shelter garage and storage areas
  • Weekly sanitation/cleaning of our shelter
  • Child Care for our residents in shelter who may need to attend work or appointments
Please Contact Kara Heggaton at or call 906-635-0566 if you can help with any of these.
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