Thursday, January 17, 2019

CHALLENGE #4 - 2019

REST Shelter and REST House 
Seattle, Washington

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

This is Part 2 of Challenge #42 from October 2018.  Due to the large number of items requested, we divided it into two challenges.

REST: Real Escape from the Sex Trade was founded in 2009 by a small team of women with experience dealing with troubled youth and sexual abuse issues.  In 2012, REST opened a long-term residential home for young women ages 18-24.  Today, REST is an institution in the Seattle area for excellent outreach, restoration, and care of girls who are caught in the sex trade.  Through holistic continuum of care (prevention, intervention, and aftercare), REST serves those who are at-risk, actively in, and those taking steps towards exiting a life of sexual exploitation.  “Our desire is to see Washington become hostile to traffickers and to work ourselves out of a job.”


SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS: (All children’s slippers should be made in neutral colors suitable for either a boy or a girl.)


  80 Women’s Slippers - DONE

    6 Preteen Slippers - DONE 
    6 Youth Slippers - DONE
    6 Toddler Slippers - DONE
    3 Booties - DONE

100 Washcloths - DONE


PLEASE MAIL BY:  February 15, 2019


MAILING ADDRESS: 


Julie McNamara-Dahl
R.E.S.T.
4215 Rainier Ave. South, Suite B
Seattle, Washington  98118


If you wish to make a pledge on this challenge (which is currently active on our Facebook page), please comment below with your pledge or send it to us in an email to:   thepinkslipperproject at gmail.com

CHALLENGES #1, #2, and #3 of 2019

The first three challenges of 2019 were published on our Facebook page and were completely pledged so quickly that we didn't have an opportunity to put them up on the blog.   These challenges were held for the following shelters:

Challenge #1 - 2019:   Women and Children's Horizons
                                      Kenosha, Wisconsin

Challenge #2 - 2019:   Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services
                                      Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Challenge #3 - 2019:   DOVE, Inc.
                                      Decatur, Illinois

Our members all seem to have come back from our holiday all refreshed and ready to pledge new shelter challenges in 2019! 

If you are new to The Pink Slipper Project, we welcome you and invite you to join us as we endeavor to warm the hearts and toes of women, men, and children who are living in domestic abuse shelters all across the United States.

We do not have a central collection area to receive slippers and washcloths.  Each challenge is run for a specific shelter and members pledge what items and how many (including gender and size) that they wish to make for that challenge and then make and mail their items directly to the shelter address we list in the challenge information.  We usually include a "mail by" date in the challenge, allowing about a month to make and send your items to the shelter.

You may use any pattern you wish for slippers or washcloths, but we prefer acrylic yarn for knitted or crocheted slippers and cotton or a cotton/polyester blend yarn for crocheted or knitted washcloths.

Also, baby booties and children's slippers should be free of any attachments which could be removed and cause a choking hazard.

If you wish to pledge through the blog, you can put your pledge under the challenge post in a comment or in the message box at the top right of the page.   Please reference the Challenge number you are pledging for and the items (gender, size, and number of each) you wish to pledge and also include your name and city/state for our records.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us!


The Pink Slipper Project Team
(Rachel, Judy, Lynne, Julia, Alinda, and Bonnie)



Monday, January 14, 2019

ARE YOU READY FOR NEW CHALLENGES FOR 2019?

Welcome back and Happy New Year - 2019!

We returned from our break for the holidays and have already posted two new challenges over on our Facebook page!  These challenges were small compared to some that we do and our members were eager to get started pledging and making slippers and washcloths for women and children in domestic violence shelters across the US once again.   

We will be posting Challenge #3 - 2019 on our Facebook page today (Monday, January 14th) at around Noon (Central time, 1:00 pm Eastern).  It will also be posted here on the blog just a little later in the afternoon.  It is a larger challenge, so hopefully, more members will have an opportunity to join in this time.  

If you wish to join in, just put your pledge in a comment under the blog post here or join us over on our Facebook page.  (If so, be sure to "Like", "Follow" and then click on "Get Notifications" in order to get up to date posts in your newsfeed when a challenge is posted.



If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away and we will try to answer you as quickly as possible.


Rachel, Judy, Lynne, Julia, Alinda, and Bonnie
The PSP Admin Team



Friday, November 30, 2018

**** HOLIDAY BREAK ****

We will be taking a break from doing challenges until just after Christmas.  We will continue to post here on the blog, as well as our Facebook page, during our break and we are always available to help or answer questions anyone may have.

The Annie's Caring Crochet Club kit, which highlighted The Pink Slipper Project, was mailed out this month and we would like to welcome anyone who is just finding us in this way.   We do not have a central collection location.  Instead, we do weekly "challenges" where we list the specific amounts of slippers in various size/gender categories (and also, washcloths) for a specific shelter.  We only do one challenge at a time and take pledges from our members for the items they wish to make and send directly to that shelter within the next month.  Once pledges are received for all requested items, the challenge is considered "closed".

No pledge is ever considered too small!  One pair of slippers, one washcloth, one pet blanket - each one counts towards the goal for that shelter!

When we are on a break or waiting on information for another challenge, many of our members continue to make and stockpile items so they are ready to pledge on the next challenge.

Our PSP Team is here to help and answer any questions you may have as quickly as we can.  You may send us a message or comment under this post - or you may also email us at:  thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com 


Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyful holiday season!


Rachel, Judy, Lynne, Julia,
Alinda, and Bonnie


Monday, November 26, 2018

CHALLENGE #46 - 2018

SOUTH PENINSULA HAVEN HOUSE 
Homer, Alaska

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

“A safe place. A warm bed. A new start.”  Haven House operates a 20-bed emergency women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.  Haven House strives to provide a healing environment that is modeled in the values of compassion, dignity, and respect.  “Everyone deserves a safe place.”


Haven House also has a pet program in place and currently has four furry friends in house, so we would like to send along some wonderful, warm pet cozies for them, too.  Listed below is what we would like to send to them: 

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS

  48 Women’s Slippers - DONE
    6 Teen Boy/Men Slippers - DONE
    6 Preteen Boy Slippers - DONE
    6 Preteen Girl Slippers - DONE
    6 Youth Boy Slippers - DONE
    6 Youth Girl Slippers - DONE
    6 Toddler Boy Slippers - DONE
    6 Toddler Girl Slippers - DONE
    5 Booties (boy) - DONE
    5 Booties (girl) - DONE

100 Washcloths - DONE


PET COZIES   ***Pet blankets may be knitted, crocheted, or sewn, but must be washable. Knitted or crocheted blankets should be a tight weave and fairly thick (use several strands together or a single strand of #5 or #6 bulky yarn.) Suitable fabrics are denim, flannel, heavy cotton with batting in between layers and stitched from corner to corner so the batting doesn’t bunch up when washed. ***

 2 small (20” x 20”) - DONE

 2 medium (24” x 24”) - DONE
 2 large (24” x 30”) - DONE

PLEASE MAIL BY: December 28, 2018

MAILING ADDRESS:

    South Peninsula Haven House
    Attn: Shelter Manager, Leslie Scroggin
    P.O. Box 1583
    Homer, Alaska 99603

If you wish to join in on this challenge, please put your pledge in a comment below or in the message box above right - or you can send it to us in an email to:   thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us!

The PSP Team



Monday, November 12, 2018

CHALLENGE #45 - 2018

SAFEHOUSE DENVER 
Denver, Colorado

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

“SafeHouse Denver serves survivors of domestic violence and their children through an emergency shelter, a non-residential Counseling and Advocacy Center, and an Extended Stay Program.  All of the adults, children and youth who come to SafeHouse Denver have access to a full range of bilingual programming, including individual counseling, group sessions, advocacy and safety planning.”  

SafeHouse Denver is a repeat shelter for PSP.  They would like to receive more slippers and washcloths, so let’s send the following:

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS


35  Women’s Slippers - DONE

   5  Men/Teen Boy Slippers - DONE
   5  Preteen Girl Slippers - DONE
   5  Preteen Boy Slippers - DONE
   5  Youth Girl Slippers - DONE
   5  Youth Boy Slippers - DONE
   5  Toddler Girl Slippers - DONE
   5  Toddler Boy Slippers - DONE
   5  Booties - Girls  - DONE
   5  Booties - Boys  - DONE


80 Washcloths - DONE

PLEASE MAIL BY: December 12, 2018


MAILING ADDRESS: 


    SafeHouse Denver 
    Attn: Maleshah Bender 
    1649 Downing Street
    Denver, Colorado  80218


As always, our challenges run concurrently on our Facebook page (where the majority of the pledges are made).   Please feel free to join us there.    You may also make pledges for this challenge here by placing it in a comment on this post or the message box (above right) or by sending us an email:    thepinkslipperproject at gmail.com

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

The PSP Admin Team


Monday, November 5, 2018

CHALLENGE #44 - 2018

GRAMMY'S HOUSE
Artesia, New Mexico

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED!****

"The mission of Grammy's House is to liberate all families from fear and violence. Grammy's House seeks to provide a safe environment assisting in the advocacy, education, and empowerment of victims and child-witness victims of domestic violence. Grammy's House strives to educate the community-at-large about the effects of domestic violence on adults and children." This is a repeat shelter for PSP. Once again we would like to support Grammy's House by sending the following:

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS

35  Women's Slippers                         -   DONE
  5   Teen Girl Slippers                        -   DONE
  5   Teen Boy Slippers                        -   DONE
10   Preteen Slippers (neutral colors)-  DONE
10   Youth Slippers (neutral colors)   -  DONE
10   Toddler Slippers (neutral colors -   DONE
  5   Booties                                           - DONE

75   Washcloths                                    - DONE

PLEASE MAIL BY:  December 5, 2018

MAILING ADDRESS:
    Grammy's House
     Attn:  Celina Bryant
     811 West Texas Avenue
     Artesia, New Mexico  88210

As always, our challenges run concurrently on our Facebook page (where the majority of the pledges are made).   Please feel free to join us there.    You may also make pledges for this challenge here by placing it in a comment on this post or the message box (above right) or by sending us an email:    thepinkslipperproject at gmail.com

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

The PSP Admin Team




Tuesday, October 30, 2018

UPDATE - CHALLENGE #43-2018

UPDATE -  CHALLENGE #43-2018 HAS BEEN COMPLETED!!!

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GOOD AFTERNOON!

We are almost to our goal for R.E.S.T. in Seattle, Washington.   We just need pledges for 3 more pairs of women's slippers to complete the challenge.    Won't you help with a pledge today?   Even a pledge for one pair gets us closer and you have up to one month to make what you pledge and send off to the mailing address listed in the challenge information.  Easy peasy!   

If you are new to our page, there is a suggested Sizing Chart for the various categories listed in our challenges.   Slippers should be made with acrylic yarn (no wool) and washcloths (facecloths) should be made with cotton yarn (crocheted or knitted) or a very soft fabric,such as, cotton, terry cloth, flannel, etc. (if sewn).    There should be no small attachments on booties or children's slippers due to a possible choking hazard.

We also have a Pinterest page (link in the right column) where you can find links to free (and some paid) patterns for slippers and washcloths.

A Donation Tag is available for printing on paper, cardstock, or blank business cards and can be included in your package or attached to each item.   Reverse side is optional and no personal information needs to be included.   Use of the tags is optional.

If you have any questions, please contact us!

The PSP Team


Monday, October 29, 2018

CHALLENGE #43 - 2018

REST Shelter and REST House 
Seattle, Washington

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

“Our goal is simple -- freedom, safety, and hope to women & girls exploited by the sex trade.” 


REST:  Real Escape from the Sex Trade was founded in 2009 by a small team of women with experience dealing with troubled youth and sexual abuse issues.  In 2012, REST opened a long-term residential home for young women ages 18-24.  Today, REST is an institution in the Seattle area for excellent outreach, restoration, and care of girls who are caught in the sex trade.  Through holistic continuum of care (prevention, intervention, and aftercare), REST serves those who are at-risk, actively in, and those taking steps towards exiting a life of sexual exploitation.  “Our desire is to see Washington become hostile to traffickers and to work ourselves out of a job.”  

We would like to show our support to this organization by sending the following:

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS:   (All children’s slippers should be made in neutral colors suitable for either a boy or a girl.)


76 Women’s Slippers - DONE

  4 Preteen Slippers -  DONE
  4 Youth Slippers -     DONE
  4 Toddler Slippers -  DONE
  2 Booties -  DONE

90 Washcloths -  DONE



PLEASE MAIL BY: NOVEMBER 29, 2018


MAILING ADDRESS: 


     Julie McNamara-Dahl 
     REST
     4215 Rainier Ave. South,  Suite B 
     Seattle, Washington  98118

As always, our challenges run concurrently on our Facebook page (where the majority of the pledges are made).   Please feel free to join us there.    You may also make pledges for this challenge here by placing it in a comment on this post or the message box (above right) or by sending us an email:    thepinkslipperproject at gmail.com

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

The PSP Admin Team



Friday, October 26, 2018

UPDATE:   CHALLENGE #42 HAS BEEN COMPLETED!
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Challenge #42-2018 for the Center for Community Solutions in San Diego, CA, is almost finished.

We still need pledges for 2 more pairs of slippers - women's large.

If anyone would like to make a pledge to make one or more pairs of the remaining slippers, please put your pledge in a comment below or in a message to us in the box at the top right.  You may also send an email to us at:
thepinkslipperproject@gmail.com .

The mailing information is listed in the challenge information in the previous post.

Thank you so much!

The PSP Team


Monday, October 22, 2018

CHALLENGE #42 - 2018

CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS 
San Diego, California

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

“Founded in 1969, Center for Community Solutions has served more than 21,000 adults and children to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence.  It operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline.  The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Our mission is to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice.  Together we can make a difference.”


We would like to send the following:

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS


  30 Women’s Slippers - Small (8-9 inches) - DONE

  40 Women’s Slippers - Medium (9.25-9.75 inches - DONE
  30 Women’s Slippers - Large (9.8-10.25 inches) - DONE
    5 Men/Teen Boy Slippers - DONE
  10 Preteen Girl Slippers - DONE
  10 Preteen Boy Slippers - DONE
  10 Youth Girl Slippers - DONE
  10 Youth Boy Slippers - DONE
  10 Toddler Girl Slippers - DONE
  10 Toddler Boy Slippers - DONE
  10 Booties (girl) - DONE
  10 Booties (boy) - DONE

185 Washcloths - DONE


PLEASE MAIL BY: November 22, 2018


MAILING ADDRESS:


Center for Community Solutions
Attn: Development Coordinator
4508 Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, California  92109 

This challenge is currently running on our Facebook page as well and most pledges are made there;  feel free to join us there or you can make a pledge in a comment under this post.   You can also email us your pledge to:   thepinkslipperproject at gmail.com.


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.

Rachel, Judy, Lynne, and Julia




Monday, October 15, 2018

CHALLENGE #41 - 2018

ALPHA HOUSE 
Taft, California

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

From their website:  “Alpha House - A Place for New Beginnings.  Alpha House is a safe haven for women and children in western Kern County, California, because domestic violence can occur anywhere.  We provide a safe and nurturing environment for battered and homeless women and their children while presenting them with options for a healthy lifestyle.”  Established in 1981 as a ministry to help needy women and children, Alpha House recognized the need for a safe shelter and opened a 5 bedroom modular home in 1992.  In addition to providing a safe haven, the Alpha House provides a 24-hour Crisis Help Line, case management and mentoring programs, and domestic violence and sexual assault prevention education for community groups, schools, churches, and businesses in an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence for the next generation. 


We would like to send the following:

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS


  55 Women’s slippers - DONE

  10 Preteen girl slippers - DONE
  10 Preteen boy slippers - DONE
  10 Youth girl slippers - DONE
  10 Youth boy slippers - DONE
  10 Toddler girl slippers - DONE
  10 Toddler boy slippers - DONE
  10 Booties (neutral for boy or girl)- DONE

125 Washcloths  -  DONE


PLEASE MAIL BY: November 15, 2018


MAILING ADDRESS: 

   Alpha House
   Attn: Sondra Ryan
   P.O. Box 712
   Taft, California 93268

If you would like to make a pledge for this challenge (which is also running currently on our Facebook page), you can place your pledge in a comment below or by sending it to us through the message box above right or to our email address:   thepinkslipperproject at gmail.com.

Feel free to ask us any questions you may have or join us on our Facebook page!


CHALLENGE #40 - 2018

FAMILY VIOLENCE PROJECT 
Augusta, Maine

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

The Family Violence Project is a private non-profit organization which is supported by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine State Housing Authority and the United Ways of Kennebec Valley and Mid-Maine.  The mission of the Family Violence Project is to end domestic abuse in Kennebec and Somerset counties in Maine.   


We would like to support this organization by sending the following:

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS


  50 Women’s slippers - DONE

    8 Preteen girl slippers - DONE
    8 Preteen boy slippers -DONE
    8 Youth girl slippers - DONE
    8 Youth boy slippers - DONE
    8 Toddler girl slippers - DONE
    8 Toddler boy slippers - DONE
    5 Booties -DONE

100 Washcloths - DONE


PLEASE MAIL BY: November 8, 2018


MAILING ADDRESS:


Family Violence Project 
Attn: Melanie Beaulieu
86 Western Ave.
Augusta, Maine 04330


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

UPDATE - CHALLENGE #39-2018

UPDATE:   CHALLENGE #39-2018 HAS BEEN COMPLETED!

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We are moving along well on the challenge, but we still need pledges for 23 more pairs of slippers in various categories.  Remember, no pledge is ever too small - one pair of slippers or one washcloth gets us closer to our goal for this challenge!

Check out the sizes still needed and if you would like to make a pledge, please be sure to post it under the challenge note below!  Thank You!

The PSP Team



Monday, September 24, 2018

CHALLENGE #39 - 2018

MY SISTER’S HOUSE
Sacramento, California

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED****

In 2000, a public campaign began to establish My Sister’s House as Sacramento’s first agency to address battering in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.  The first 6-bed safe haven in Sacramento was opened in 2003.  In 2006, the “No Excuse For Abuse” project was launched, which involved printing information about My Sister’s House on shopping bags in Chinese, Hmong, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, and distributed to various Asian grocery stores in the Sacramento area.  The mission of My Sister’s House is “To serve Asian and Pacific Islander and other under-served women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by providing a culturally appropriate and responsive safe haven, job training, and community services.” 


We would like to support them by sending:

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS:   (All children's sizes should be made in colors suitable for either a boy or a girl.)


40 Women’s Slippers - Small (8-9 inches) - DONE

40 Women’s Slippers - Medium (9.25-9.75 inches) - DONE
20 Women’s Slippers - Large (9.8-10.25 inches) - DONE
10 Preteen Slippers - DONE
20 Youth Slippers - DONE
20 Toddler Slippers - DONE
  5 Booties - DONE

155 Washcloths - DONE


PLEASE MAIL BY: October 24, 2018


MAILING ADDRESS:


      My Sister’s House
      Attn: Nilda Valmores
      3053 Freeport Blvd.,  #120
      Sacramento, California 95818


If you wish to make a pledge for this challenge, please post it in a comment below or in the message box above right - or you can send it to our email address:   thepinkslipperproject at gmail.com

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

The PSP Admin Team