Tuesday, August 30, 2016

***NEW*** CHALLENGE #31 - 2016

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
          Don't forget to make Purple slippers!  They can be all purple or
                                  just include some purple.

VERA HOUSE - Syracuse, New York

**** CHALLENGE COMPLETED ****

Our challenge today is for Vera House. They do not have an abundance of storage, so we are only sending a small amount to them at their request. We will not be sending any wash cloths.

Due to the reduced number of slippers we are sending, please use generic colors as much as possible. Don't forget PURPLE!

Vera House would like:

7 women  -  DONE
7 preteens  -  DONE
6 youth   -   DONE
Washcloths – None

MAILING DEADLINE: September 30, 2016

SEND TO:

Mildred Winslow
6181 Thompson Rd., Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13206



Good afternoon!   This is Judy.  I am one of the PSP Assistants and I endeavor to keep the blog up to date with all the latest challenges that we post over on our Facebook page.   However, from time to time, life just gets in the way of my computer time.   In my absence here at the blog, there have been three more slipper and washcloth challenges and a Cozies challenge for pet blankets.   

A new challenge - #31 - for Vera House in Syracuse, New York, will be posted here very shortly.   It is a small challenge, as the shelter does not have a lot of storage space; so, the slippers will go quickly (no washcloths requested this time)!

So, stay tuned and I hope you will jump in with your pledge in a comment below.  It will come to us in an email.  If the category you pledge has been filled already over on the Facebook page, we will let you know as soon as we can.  

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us!

Rachel, Judy, and Lynne



Monday, August 1, 2016

CHALLENGE #27 - 2016

SHENANDOAH WOMEN’S CENTER
Martinsburg, West Virginia


We are visiting the Shenandoah Women's Center again this year. This was our first shelter in West Virginia. They are looking forward to receiving more slippers and washcloths from the members of The Pink Slipper Project.


Please make the preteens, youth, toddlers, and booties in colors that could be worn by either a girl or a boy. Thank you!


Let's send them: 


15 Women’s  -   Done

  8 Preteens  -   Still need 5
  8 Youth  -   Done
  7 Toddlers  -  Done
  7 Booties  -   Done
45 washcloths  -  Done

Mailing Deadline: September 2, 2016 


Send to:
     Katie Spriggs
     Shenandoah Women's Center
     236 West Martin Street
     Martinsburg, WV   25401



If you wish to take part in this challenge, either join us on our Facebook page - or send your pledge via a comment on this challenge post or by email to:
thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.   We also have a Pinterest page where you can find links to many free and paid patterns which can be used for slippers and washcloths.

Rachel, Lynne, and Judy

Friday, July 29, 2016

***NEW*** HAPPY HANDS CHALLENGE #9 - 2016

CHILDREN’S INN - Sioux Falls, SD

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

Guidelines for Happy Hands:

You may send used knitting needles and crochet hooks.  Please do not send plastic knitting needles if they are bowed or bent.  No 14” knitting needles, please.  

Yarn – Worsted or bulky preferred.  No partial skeins or balls.

Knitting needles – 8” or 10”, single or double point.  Circulars are fine too.  Preferred sizes for knitting needles are 7, 8, 9, 10, 10 ½, 11.  

Crochet hooks – Preferred sizes are G, H, I, J, and K.

Scissors – We ask that scissors be children's blunt tipped scissors.  They are sharp enough for yarn and kids can use them too.  

We love to knit and crochet so let's share some yarn, hooks and knitting needles, etc. with them.     
    
We will need:

8 skeins of yarn, worsted or bulky  -  DONE
8 pair of knitting needles  -  DONE
8 crochet hooks  -  DONE
8 scissors – blunt tipped   -  DONE
8 yarn needles (large eyed)  -  DONE


MAILING DEADLINE :  August 29, 2016

MAIL YOUR PACKAGES TO:
Staci Kropuenske
Children's Inn
409 N. Western Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD   57104-5607

Please put your pledge in a comment below or email it to us at: thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CHALLENGE #26 - 2016

CHILDREN’S INN - Sious Falls, SD

*****CHALLENGE COMPLETED*****

This is our first shelter in South Dakota and hopefully not the last.


Domestic violence shelters are expensive to operate as you can imagine. Expenses from the usual operating costs are increased by the need for safety for everyone....not just the women and children in shelter. but the staff and volunteers as well. All shelters will have one or more layers of security to keep everyone safe and secure.


Shelters receive funding from state and local sources. In addition to that, many large corporations make grants also. Among them are the United Way, Mary Kay, Microsoft and many others. Through their generosity, shelters such as Children's Inn are able to provide services to help those who may no longer have a home due to domestic violence.


For Children's Inn, we will need:


25 women - DONE

8 preteen girls - DONE
8 preteen boys - DONE
8 youth girls - DONE
8 youth boys - DONE
8 toddler girls - DONE
8 toddler boys - DONE
6 baby girls - DONE
6 baby boys - DONE

85 washcloths - DONE

MAILING DEADLINE : August 29, 2016


MAIL YOUR PACKAGES TO:


Staci Kropuenske

Children's Inn
409 N. Western Avenue 
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-5607

Please put your pledge in a comment on this post or send it to us in an email at thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us at any time.   


Rachel, Lynne, and Judy



Thursday, July 21, 2016

HAPPY HANDS CHALLENGE #7 - 2016

Now that we've finished up the slipper challenge for the SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we are moving on to a Happy Hands challenge for some knitting and crocheting supplies for the same shelter!


SAFEHOUSE CENTER - Ann Arbor, Michigan

*****CHALLENGE COMPLETED*****

You may send used knitting needles and crochet hooks. Please do not send plastic knitting needles if they are bowed or bent. No 14” knitting needles, please.
Yarn – Worsted or bulky preferred. No partial skeins or balls.
Knitting needles – 8” or 10”, single or double point. Circulars are fine too. Preferred sizes for knitting needles are 7, 8, 9, 10, 10 ½, 11.
Crochet hooks – Preferred sizes are G, H, I, J, and K.
Scissors – We ask that scissors be children's blunt tipped scissors. They are sharp enough for yarn and kids can use them too.

We love to knit and crochet, so let's share some yarn, hooks and knitting needles, etc. with them.

We will need:

8 skeins of yarn, worsted or bulky -  DONE
8 pair of knitting needles -  DONE
8 crochet hooks -  DONE
8 scissors – blunt tipped - DONE
8 yarn needles (large eyed) -  DONE

Mailing Deadline: August 22, 2016

Send to:
Tyne Allmand
4100 Clark Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

CHALLENGE #25 - 2016

SAFEHOUSE CENTER
Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN

**** CHALLENGE COMPLETED ****
“Stop the cycle and make our communities safer.
At SafeHouse Center, we’re thrilled to join the Start by Believing Campaign this year. Start by Believing is an international campaign organized by End Violence Against Women International, and for the first time a Washtenaw County coalition has been formed to develop a county-wide campaign.


Start By Believing, is a nation-wide public awareness campaign uniquely focused on the public response to sexual assault. Once a survivor reports an assault, each individual’s personal reaction is the first step in a long path towards justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical– a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster and environment where perpetrators face zero consequence for their crimes.
The goal is to change outcomes for victims, one response at a time.”


For SafeHouse Center we will need:


35 women ----- DONE
  5 teen boys/men ---- DONE
  6 preteen girl ---- DONE
  6 preteen boys ---- DONE
  6 youth girls --- DONE
  6 youth boys --- DONE
  6 toddler girls ---DONE
  6 toddler boys ---DONE
  6 booties girls ---- DONE
  6 booties boys ----DONE
85 washcloths ---- DONE

Mailing Deadline: August 22, 2016

Send to:

Tyne Allmand
4100 Clark Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105


The above numbers still needed will be updated as we receive pledges, both here and on our Facebook page.    If you are new to The Pink Slipper Project and have questions, please feel free to ask us any time.

Rachel, Judy, and Lynne


Thursday, July 14, 2016

***CHALLENGE #24 HAS BEEN COMPLETED***


Wow!   Our members really made quick work of the last challenge for the Rhode Island shelter.  It was pledged in no time at all.   

What????   You missed out on that one???   Well, don't worry.  We have a few more challenges lined up and almost ready to go.

Stay tuned to our page for all of the information on a new challenge, which will probably be posted the beginning of next week.

Most of our activity takes place on our Facebook page.   Feel free to join us there, but be sure when you click "Like" that you also go into the dropdown box from that button and click that you want to receive "All" of our posts and "See first" in your newsfeed or you may miss out.  

Link to our Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/ThePinkSlipperProject/

If you don't do Facebook and would like to be sure to get our posts from the blog, just sign up at the bottom right to receive posts by email.   We hope you will join us on our next shelter challenge.

If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message (top right column) and we will try to help.

Rachel, Lynne, and Judy



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

CHALLENGE #24 - 2016

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM OF CROSSROADS
Providence, Rhode Island

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

After a 3-year affiliation between Crossroads Rhode Island and the Women's Center of Rhode Island, the two organizations merged in July, 2016, to become the Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads. As one organization, they provide integrated services to address the unique needs of domestic violence survivors, as they work with them to break the cycle of violence and find secure, stable housing.


The Domestic Violence Program is primarily an emergency shelter program with a focus on safety and housing. The shelter provides safety for DV survivors and their children in a confidential location separate from other Crossroads properties.

Since they have limited long-term storage space, we would like to provide Crossroads with the following slippers and washcloths. Please use gender neutral colors for the preteens, youths, toddlers, and booties. Thank you.


25 women's  -  DONE


3 teen boys  -  DONE


8 preteens  -  DONE

8 youths  -  DONE


8 toddlers  -  DONE


8 booties  -  DONE


60 washcloths  -  DONE



MAILING DATE: AUGUST 15, 2016


MAILING ADDRESS:


EVELYN BEHRENDS

160 BROAD STREET
PROVIDENCE, RI 02903


If you wish to join in on this challenge, feel free to join us on our Facebook page or post a comment below with your name, email address, and the number of slippers (by category) or washcloths that you would like to pledge to make and send to this shelter.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Rachel, Judy, and Lynne


Friday, July 8, 2016

CHALLENGE #23 - 2016

BOLTON REFUGE HOUSE
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

Back in 1976, a group of women came up with an idea for a Women's Community Center.  However, before they had opened their doors, the local police department contacted them and asked if they would provide shelter to a woman and her children who were fleeing a DV situation.   As a result of that call, the Center was officially opened as "Refuge House".   After moving to several different locations, they moved in 1987 to a more spacious location. On October 6, 1992, Robert Bolton, an Eau Claire police officer, was responding to a domestic abuse call at the shelter.   Officer Bolton attempted to stop the suspect, who was getting into his car.  However, the man was able to retrieve a firearm from his car and fatally shot Officer Bolton.  Later that year, the shelter was renamed " Bolton Refuge House, Inc." in his honor.

FOR THIS SHELTER, WE ARE REQUESTING THE FOLLOWING:

  60  Women's  -  DONE
  10  Men's/Teen Boys  -  DONE
  10  Preteen Girls   -   DONE
  10  Preteen Boys   -   DONE
  10  Youth Girls    -   DONE
  10  Youth Boys   -   DONE
  10  Toddler Girls    -  DONE
  10  Toddler Boys   -  DONE
  10  Booties - Girls  -  DONE
  10  Booties - Boys  -  DONE
150  Washcloths  -  DONE

MAILING DEADLINE:    August 12, 2016

MAILING ADDRESS:

   BOLTON REFUGE HOUSE, INC
   Attn:  Pat Stein, Exec. Director 
   P. O. Box 482
   Eau Claire,  WI   54702


If you wish to join in on this challenge and make a pledge (any amount is welcome), please put your pledge in a comment below or send it via the message box (top right) and we will receive it.  You can also email us directly at:   thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com.

Most of our pledges are received through our Facebook page and we welcome you to join us there.  If you are not a Facebook user, you can still view the challenge information (by clicking on the challenge number heading in that post), but you would not be able to comment (post) your pledge there unless you join Facebook.  

  https://www.facebook.com/ThePinkSlipperProject/Check our our Facebook page!

If we receive your pledge via the blog and the gender/sizes you pledge have been filled, we will try to let you know as soon as possible and ask if you wish to change to a different category, etc.

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.  You do not have to use the PSP Signature Slipper patterns listed at the right, but can use any pattern of your choice.  We only ask that slippers be made with acrylic yarn and washcloths with cotton yarn, if crocheted or knitted.   Also, no attached embellishments on baby booties or slippers for young children that can become a choking hazard.

Rachel, Judy, and Lynne

Friday, June 24, 2016


There will be a Happy Hands for DoVES, Inc. in Atchison, KS. It will probably go up later today or tomorrow.

But first!   Rachel has been working on updating the number of slippers and washcloths that have been made and donated since August, 2009.


From August, 2009, until today, 11,219 pairs of slippers are warming toes and hearts in 119 shelters along with 9,559 washcloths!


We think that is absolutely fabulous!  Those figures show the care and dedication of the members of The Pink Slipper Project.


Rachel, Judy and Lynne





Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hooray!   Challenge #22 of 2016 has been completed.  Over the next month, there should be 100 pairs of nice, cozy, warm handmade slippers and 100 handmade washcloths on their way to Kansas!   

Next up - a Happy Hands challenge for the same shelter.   For anyone new to The Pink Slipper Project, when a shelter has a program in place to teach crafts/hobbies, such as, knitting and crocheting, or they would like to have supplies on hand for women and children coming into the shelter who may already know how to knit or crochet, we like to pitch in and send them some supplies to pass along our love for our crafts.  Knitting and crocheting can be great stress relievers!   We request a certain number of various items, such as, acrylic yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, large eye sewing needles for yarn, and children's scissors.  Members then pledge if they wish to send any of these items to that shelter.  It works the same way as our regular slippers and washcloths challenges.


So......stay tuned!   Happy Hands coming up next!



Rachel, Judy, and Lynne



Monday, June 20, 2016

CHALLENGE #22 - 2016

DoVES, INC.
ATCHISON, KANSAS

***** CHALLENGE COMPLETED   -  6/23/16  *****

The DoVES shelter in Atchison, Kansas is a repeat shelter as we did slippers and washcloths for them in April, 2015. Here it is June, 2016 and they’d love to have more. We are happy to oblige. We did a Happy Hands challenge last year and we’ll do one again after we finish slippers and washcloths.

Here we go:


  55 women  -  DONE


  5 teen boys  -  DONE

   5 preteen girls  -  DONE

   5 preteen boys  -  DONE

   5 youth girls  -  DONE

   5 youth boys  -  DONE

   5 toddler girls  -  DONE

   5 toddler boys  -  DONE

   5 girl booties  -  DONE

   5 boy booties  -  DONE

100 washcloths  -  DONE



Mailing Deadline: July 22, 2016

Send to:

DoVES, Inc.

Attn: Debbie Duncan
P.O. Box 262
Atchison, KS 66002


Most of our pledges come in on our Facebook page, but we try to keep the blog updated as the pledges come in with what is still needed in each category.   If you wish to pledge, please put it in a comment on this post or in the message box (top right) and we will receive it in our email - or send directly to email:  thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us.



Challenges have been moving right along on our Facebook page since I last posted here on the blog.  Due to some family health problems, I (Judy) haven't been able to keep up with posting the last several challenges.  As we have said before, the Facebook page is always current and we welcome you to join us there:  

https://www.facebook.com/ThePinkSlipperProject/

We do accept pledges made here at the blog, too.  We only run one challenge at a time, so if you see a Challenge that is not marked "Challenge Completed" further down the blog, it only means that I have goofed and not marked it finished.  If you would happen to pledge on a challenge that has been completed, we will definitely let you know. 

If you aren't signed up for Facebook and don't wish to, you can still see our page and all of our posts as they are public; however, you can not comment or make a pledge on the page unless you officially join.   You can make a pledge by sending it to us via our email address:    thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com     Be sure that you state the Challenge # and shelter name that you are pledging to.   We would need to know exactly what size/gender and number of slippers/washcloths that you are pledging, also.   

If a specific size/gender category has already been filled on the Facebook page before we receive your email or blog pledge, we will let you know and ask if you would like to change to a different category which is still open.

If you have any questions, please ask us and we try to respond as soon as we can.

We hope that you will join in with us, either here or on Facebook, as we warm hearts and toes of women and children living in domestic abuse shelters across the US>

Rachel, Lynne, and Judy



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

***NEW*** CHALLENGE #16 - 2016

SAFE NEST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

Safe Nest was opened in 1978 with 12 beds. Today 39 years later, they are the largest - with 70 beds - and the most comprehensive domestic violence program in Nevada.
All shelters rely on donations from the public to maintain the level of service. Donations can be in any form. They all love money, of course. Many shelters have a Wish List on their website of items that are needed such as laundry detergent to socks. I often see slippers and washcloths.

If you live in the Las Vegas area, you have likely seen purple and white donation bins. They belong to Safe Nest and have been placed throughout the Las Vegas Valley area. They are emptied on a regular basis and have proven to be a very effective method to increase donations.

So, today, we are going to make a donation to Safe Nest. Our donation will provide warmth for toes of all sizes and we hope they help warm the soul as well.

So let's get busy and make a pledge to Safe Nest:



 75 women - DONE

   5 teen boys - DONE

 10 preteen girls - DONE

 10 preteen boys - DONE

 10 youth girls - DONE

 10 youth boys - DONE


  10 toddler girls - DONE

  10 toddler boys - DONE

    5 booties girls - DONE

    5 booties boys - DONE


150 washcloths - DONE



Mailing Deadline: May 31, 2016


Send to:

Safe Nest

Attention:  Chris R.
2915 W. Charleston Blvd. Ste. 12
Las Vegas, NV 89102



Please send your pledge by way of a comment on this post or through a signup message at the top right of the page.  If a category that you pledge is filled before we receive your pledge, we will let you know as soon as possible.