Tuesday, May 19, 2015


CHALLENGE #17 has been completed! Thanks go out to Jan O. for taking the last seven slippers.

This is an AMAZING group of volunteers who are willing to give so much of their time and talents to provide some warmth and caring to women and children (and, yes, occasionally, men, too) who have left most of their personal belongings behind when fleeing to a shelter for safety.

Stay tuned........Rachel will be posting a small Cozies for Pets challenge for the same shelter sometime over the next few days.


Monday, May 18, 2015


The pledges have been rolling in for Challenge #17!   We are heading for the finish line on this one.   We still need pledges for the following numbers of slippers:

          3 women's
          3 men's/teen boys
          8 preteen girls
          8 preteen boys
          3 youth boys
          4 booties - boys

If you can make one pair or even a whole bunch for this challenge, please post your pledge in a comment in the Challenge #17 post below and we will receive it.

If you are new to The Pink Slipper Project, please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Rachel and Judy

Friday, May 15, 2015

CHALLENGE #17 - 2015

EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN                 

   *****CHALLENGE COMPLETED - 5/19/15)

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, th...e 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 Refgue House, Inc." in his honor.

Last year, Bolton Refuge House offered shelter to 124 women and 138 children.   Their facility has 30 beds, with additional cots and toddler beds added when needed.


  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



     Attention:  Pat Stein, Exec. Director 
     P. O. Box 482
     Eau Claire,  Wisconsin   54702

Friday, April 10, 2015

.......and just like that, 2-1/2 hours later......the CHALLENGE HAS BEEN COMPLETED!!! Thank you all for your pledges!

Also, there is a possibility of a small "Cozies for Pets" challenge for this shelter. They have an onsite pet program for temporary care until outside foster care can be arranged, but the shelter does not have a lot of storage space. We are waiting to hear back from Barb, who is going to check with the shelter.

CHALLENGE #12 - 2015

Rachel and I have been on a little spring break, but we are back and ready to go with a new Challenge.   If you wish to take part in this challenge, please put your pledge in a comment on this post and we will receive it.   The numbers in each category will be updated as soon as possible when pledges come in.   Be sure to keep a record of your pledge, the challenge number, mailing deadline, and the mailing information!   When you finish making the items you have pledged, you will be mailing them directly to the address provided in the challenge.   If you have questions, please feel free to ask us.


It is amazing what can be accomplished when two women see a need, put their heads together, and come up with a way to solve the problem. Rather than trying to rephrase information of the history of this shelter, I have included a link to an In Memoriam page on the shelter's website about these two amazing women. I hope that you will take some time and read about them when you get the opportunity!


All of our items will be sent to Barbara Kochuba, of Comfort Scarves of Southwestern PA, who works as a liaison for at least nine or ten DV shelters in this area. She will personally deliver our items to this shelter.

We would like for you to be sure to indicate that your items are part of a Pink Slipper Project challenge. Feel free to download and print (on plain paper, cardstock, or business card stock) the new PSP Tags. A hole can be punched in one end and tied on to your slippers, or if you bag each pair, it could be included in the bag. Also, under your name in the return address on your package, you might include "Pink Slipper Project". This will help Barbara identify our packages for this particular shelter.

For this challenge, we are requesting the following:

6 Women's - Large (9-1/2" to 11")   -   DONE

24 Women's - Medium (8" to 9-1/2")   -   DONE

12 Teen Girls   -   DONE

6 Teen Boys   -   DONE

6 Youth Girls   -   DONE

6 Youth Boys   -   DONE

3 Toddler Girls   -   DONE

3 Toddler Boys   -   DONE




          408 WASHINGTON ROAD

          PITTSBURGH, PA 15221

Monday, March 16, 2015

CHALLENGE #9 of 2015 has now been fully pledged!! This has been the biggest challenge so far this year with a total of 166 slippers and 155 washcloths pledged. We have had lots of new members join us this week and many of you have jumped right in and pledged! AWESOME!!!! We can't thank you enough for your support.

Are you ready for some combined totals for 2015 so far??? After just 2-1/2 months, our members have pledged and sent/will send 845 pairs of slippers, 810 washcloths, 37 pet blankets, plus 13 sets of knitting needles, 6 crochet hooks, 6 prs. scissors, 12 skeins of yarn, and a $20 Joann's gift card!

How awesome are those numbers? Ladies, pat yourselves on the back for a job well done....and we still have 9-1/2 months to go in 2015. Imagine how many hearts and toes will be warmed by the end of the year by your very generous hearts and hands!

Rachel and Judy

Saturday, March 14, 2015


UPDATED:  3/15/15 @ 9:15 PM

The pledges for this Challenge have been coming in very steadily since it was posted on Thursday afternoon. A big "Thank You" to all of you who have already pledged, including all of the new members who have joined us recently! It's great to see new members jump right into a Challenge!

We are still in need of pledges for the following:   17 women's.

Also, we have decided to extend the mailing deadline for this shelter since we have had quite a few challenges in the last few weeks. The new deadline will be Saturday, April 18th.

If you would like to make a pledge (or increase your pledge), please post your pledge in a Comment line below. Thanks for your help .... and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Rachel and Judy