South Peninsula Haven House

October…Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

 

October 1 is the start of Domestic Violence Awareness/Action Month, or #DVAM2018! This month, we’ll be sharing information about domestic violence in our communities and asking you to commit to #1thing to help end violence. Please help us spread awareness and encourage action by sharing these posts and ideas with your circles.

 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events

First Friday Event…October 5, 2018…Art Show, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Grace Ridge Brewing, 3388 B Street, Homer, AK
Meet & Greet…Tuesday, October 9, 2018…8:00 am – 10:00 am, K-Bay Caffe’, 378 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK
Cancelled – Meet & Greet…Wednesday, October 10, 2018…4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Ulmers Drug & Hardware, 3858 Lake St., Homer, AK
Meet & Greet…Friday, October 12, 2018…4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Alibi Bar & Grill, 453 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer, AK

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Announcing our 2018 Women of Distinction!

• Woman of Distinction – Linda Chamberlain, PH.D., MPH. A respected authority in the field of
Adverse Childhood Experiences, family violence prevention, resilience, healing and prevention of
vicarious trauma, Linda has shared her knowledge in trainings in local schools, Alaska villages and
at statewide, national and international conferences. Linda is a remarkable woman who keeps her
balance by mushing her dogs on her Howling Husky Homestead 15 miles out East End Road.


Woman of Wisdom – Daisy Lee Bitter. A community organizer, leader and volunteer for over 60
years, Daisy Lee Bitter has had her fingers in the start-up of a number of Homer organizations – the
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, Kachemak Bay Research
Reserve to name a few. 90 years young, Daisy Lee has taught at the local college, authored
several books, and is often heard Saturday mornings on KBBI teaching everyone about Kachemak
Bay natural history and biology.


Young Woman of Distinction – Chloë Pleznac. An exceptional young woman, Chloë has
demonstrated leadership in her school, community and workplace and has inspired her peers to
follow her example. She is a peer educator at the REC Room and has presented at a number of
statewide conferences. Chloë enjoys music, including writing and singing her own songs, has
volunteered for the Farmer’s Market and Homer Council on the Arts, is a KBBI radio host, and has
organized, and presented, at Open Mic Night events at KBay Caffé.

The annual Women of Distinction dinner and auction is an opportunity to honor and celebrate women
in our community. The event is the major fundraiser hosted by the Haven House Board of Directors
to support programs and activities that benefit survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
The event is scheduled for Friday, April 13th at 5:00pm at Alice’s Champagne Palace. Tickets are
available at the Homer Bookstore and Haven House offices.

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Recognize Women of Distinction in our Community: Now Accepting Nominations!

South Peninsula Haven House is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Women of Distinction award. Join us in celebrating the cross-generational contributions of women in our community by nominating a woman you know for one of the three awards. Download the nomination form here, or pick one up at South Peninsula Haven House: 3776 Lake Street, Homer AK. 

This year, be part of encouraging the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of our community. Please submit your nomination form on or before Thursday, March 1st. 

Woman of Distinction

This recipient is accomplished within her profession, field, and/or area of interest.  She is a leader with compassion and respect for all people; is inclusive, has a collaborative approach to leadership; is a mentor and/or role model to others; gives back to our community through her time, talent, and/or resources; and works together easily and effectively with all for the common good.

Woman of Wisdom

This recipient is an inspiration and a mentor who is willing to share her experience.  She gives willingly of her time to build a positive environment for the next generation.  She has a positive attitude, sense of humor, and enthusiasm for life.  She is compassionate, respectful, and is recognized as a source of strength and heart of our community.

Young Woman of Distinction

This recipient is an exceptional young woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in her school, community and/or workplace and has inspired her peers to follow her example. She makes the community and world a better place through her volunteer efforts.  She has shown maturity, perseverance, innovation and compassion. She has already made her mark and will continue to inspire us for years to come.

 

You are also invited to celebrate the award recipients with us at the 2018 Women of Distinction event on Friday, April 13. Hope to see you there!

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“Why I Stayed” – Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please drop in to talk with staff at one of our community events and learn more about why people stay in abusive relationships. You will come away with new knowledge and feeling empowered to support a friend or family member. Help us build a stronger, kinder community on the Southern Kenai Peninsula. 

We wear purple to raise awareness of the impacts of Domestic Violence in our society– please join us by wearing the color purple on Wednesdays, using the hashtag #wewearpurple if you post a picture, and picking up a free purple bracelet with the words “Compassion, Dignity, Respect” and the number for our 24-hour crisis line. This resource can help save a life. 

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New Executive Director

Congratulations Ronnie!

 

 

 

The board of directors of South Peninsula Haven House has named Ronnie Leach its new executive director effective July 1. A nonprofit serving the southern Kenai Peninsula, Haven House operates a 10-bed emergency women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.
Leach first started with Haven House in 2004, holding a variety of positions before assuming her current role as director of client services earlier this year.
Of her new position, Leach said, “I am passionate about the work that we do. I am grounded in the mission and vision of Haven House and believe that everyone deserves a safe place to sleep at night. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Haven House and work with the community and our many partners.”
Board President Terry Thompson said, “The board is excited to have Ronnie in this position. She knows the staff and the many programs Haven House operates, she’s familiar with Homer having raised her family here, and she has a strong commitment to the work of Haven House — to protect and support victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.”
Leach received her undergraduate education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and most recently completed her masters in human resource management from Walden University.

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