Monday, September 16, 2019

CHALLENGE #48 - 2019

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN
Wailuku, Hawaii


Women Helping Women has two shelters, one on the island of Maui and the other on the island
of Lanai.  It will be our very first challenge for a DV shelter in the state of Hawaii. “We have
29 beds here in our shelter; however, we are a “no-turnaway” shelter.  We have slept families
in our living room, playroom, and wherever else we can find the space, as long as they are safe.”

We would like to send the following to Women Helping Women:

SLIPPERS AND WASHCLOTHS:
  15  Women’s, Small  - DONE
  25  Women’s, Medium  - STILL NEED 19
    5  Women’s, Large  - DONE
    5  Teen Boys  - 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
    5  Booties (generic)  - DONE


100  Washcloths  - DONE


PLEASE MAIL BY:    October 15, 2019


MAILING ADDRESS:
     Women Helping Women
     ATTN:   M. Pili Kaninau
     1935 Main Street,  Suite 202
     Wailuku,  Hawaii 96793


If you would like to make a pledge on this challenge, you may send it via email
to: ThePinkSlipperProject (at) gmail (dot) com or send it through the message box
(top right).  Please include your full name and city/state and category or categories
and the amount of each you wish to pledge. If a size/gender category has already
been filled, we will let you know and ask if there may be another size/gender that
you would like to make and send.


Our challenges are also posted on our Facebook page and most pledges are made there.
Please feel free to join our group there, too!



The PSP Team

Sunday, September 8, 2019

CHALLENGE #47 - 2019

THE SHADE TREE
North Las Vegas, Nevada

***CHALLENGE COMPLETED***

The Shade Tree is a large 162-bed shelter which provides safe shelter to women and children escaping domestic violence or in economic crisis. The shelter offers warm beds in a family dorm, daily meals, an onsite medical clinic as well as life-changing programs and services that encourage self-reliance. In homes where there is violence, pets are often threatened or injured by a violent partner. Noah's Animal House is a pet sanctuary for shelter residents that allows women to escape abusive situations without leaving their pet behind. The women and children are sheltered on the same property as Noah's Animal Shelter so that they can continue to visit with, and care for, their beloved pet. We are including Pet Cozies for Noah's in the challenge for Shade Tree. We would like to send the following items to this large shelter:


SLIPPERS AND WASHCLOTHS


  50 Women’s small - DONE

  50 Women’s medium - DONE
  50 Women’s large - DONE
  20 Teen Boys - DONE
  20 Preteen Girls - DONE
  20 Preteen Boys - DONE
  20 Youth Girls - DONE
  20 Youth Boys - DONE
  20 Toddler Girls - DONE
  20 Toddler Boys - DONE
    8 Booties, Girls - DONE
    8 Booties, Boys - DONE

300 Washcloths - DONE


PET COZIES for Noah's Animal House: (Blankets can be knitted, crocheted, or sewn.)


    5 Small Cozies (16”x20”) - DONE

    5 Med. Cozies (18”x 24”) - DONE
    5 Large Cozies (24” x 30”) - DONE
    2 X-Large Cozies (30” x 36”) - DONE


MAILING DEADLINE:   October 12, 2019


MAILING ADDRESS:
     Jordan Berkowitz
     The Shade Tree
     1 West Owens
     North Las Vegas, NV 89030


If you would like to make a pledge on this challenge, you may send it via email
to: ThePinkSlipperProject (at) gmail (dot) com or send it through the message box
(top right).  Please include your full name and city/state and category or categories
and the amount of each you wish to pledge. If a size/gender category has already
been filled, we will let you know and ask if there may be another size/gender that
you would like to make and send.


Our challenges are also posted on our Facebook page and most pledges are made there.
Please feel free to join our group there, too!


The PSP Team
There will be a new challenge posted later tonight here on the blog and then on our Facebook page early Monday morning....and it's a BIG ONE!  Stay tuned......we are heading to Las Vegas, Nevada!    We hope you will join in on this one!   

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us.  You can comment under this post or send a message in the box in the upper right side of the blog and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Pink Slipper Project Team


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

THE PAST FIVE YEARS OF OUR STORY........

In the last five years, we’ve seen many changes in DV shelters and their relationships with their communities. We started seeing more shelters accepting pets.  One shelter in Alaska received a $3000 grant to build a kennel.  Many shelters provide transitional housing and help residents find jobs.  Some have improved services for those with physical challenges, while others became gender inclusive and provided more special programs for senior residents.

But all shelters were grateful for their gifts from the P.S.P.  A letter from Haven of Hope said, “It is obvious that what you do is a sincere act of love that provides support and heartfelt caring far beyond their circumstances.  You truly are making a difference.”


The Pink Slipper Project underwent changes as well.  Lynne Bergman joined the team in the summer of 2015.  Lynne runs a crochet and knitting charity group in Arizona and has been a member of P.S.P. for years.  You “see” her managing most evening hours of the challenges as she is our only staff member in the Mountain Time Zone (AZ).


The number of challenges has increased, often including both Happy Hands and Cozies for Pet challenges.  We were able to increase the number of slippers and washcloths we provided.  By 2018 , we knew we needed more help with our mission.  Alinda had been a P.S.P. member since 2016 and was happy to join us as a team member.  Julia joined us as well and shared this with us:  “I discovered P.S.P. when searching for potential service projects as part of my Lenten journey several years ago.  During those six weeks, I discovered and contributed to many worthwhile charities, but the P.S.P. was the one that grabbed my attention and touched my soul.  As an assistant, I have become aware of the incredible generosity of the members of P.S.P.  I am truly honored to be part of this amazing group of individuals who collectively touch thousands of women at a time when they desperately need care and support.  We are faceless strangers to these women, but I am confident each one can feel a warm hug of comfort every time they put on the slippers hand made for them.”


Bonnie joined us, too, and said, “Crocheting has been my favorite craft for over 50 years.  After retiring as an English teacher in 2012, I donated many items to charities, but when I found P.S.P. on Facebook, I knew I had found my home.  P.S.P. had a challenge every week.  I looked forward to pledging slippers, washcloths and pet “snuggles”, all items I enjoyed making.  As time went by, I admired the administrators of this project in the efficient, friendly and positive manner in which they managed the challenges and acknowledged pledges.  My admiration sparked a desire to be more involved in its’ worthwhile goals of helping domestic violence victims.  When I joined the team , the P.S.P. administrators were, and continue to be, extremely patient with my training. I feel I am a part of a great project and among friends.”


P.S.P. was given a wonderful honor late in 2018.  We were featured in Annie’s Caring Crochet Club and we had many new visitors to our page. Early in 2019, we actually had two challenges a week so as to include all our new members. This pace was very hard to maintain, as it takes time to make contact with shelters and receive the information needed for a challenge, and we hope that all our members will be patient as we try to give them an opportunity to warm the hearts and toes of our shelter residents.  From the beginning in 2009 through the end of July, our members have sent 24,695 pairs of slippers and 22,450 washcloths, as well as numerous pet blankets ("cozies") and knit, crochet, and craft supplies for various shelters across the USA!

We hope you will all continue to be a part of the P.S.P. family as we celebrate our 10th anniversary and see what the future has in store.  It has been our pleasure and privilege to serve as the P.S.P. team and we want to thank all of the members of the P.S.P. family who make this all possible.


Rachel Terrill, PSP Coordinator

Judy, Lynne, Julia, Alinda, and Bonnie - PSP Assistants


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

CHALLENGE #46 - 2019

KODIAK WOMEN’S RESOURCE CRISIS CENTER
Kodiak, Alaska

***CHALLENGE COMPLETED***

The Kodiak Women’s Resource Crisis Center is located on Kodiak Island 250 miles south
of Anchorage. Mail is flown in and a ferry brings people, cars and freight. Most of the freight
is taken to the island twice a week. The largest Coast Guard Base in the world is located on
Kodiak Island.

SLIPPERS & WASHCLOTHS
15  Small Women’s slippers   - DONE
15  Medium Women’s slippers - DONE
15  Large Women’s slippers   - DONE
 6   Preteen Girl’s slippers -  DONE
 6   Preteen Boy’s slippers  - DONE
 6   Youth Girl’s slippers   - DONE
 6   Youth Boy”s slippers  - DONE
 6   Toddler Girl’s slippers - DONE
 6  Toddler Boy’s slippers -  DONE
 5   Baby booties (neutral colors)  - DONE

85  Washcloths   - DONE

PLEASE MAIL BY:  October 1st, 2019

MAILING ADDRESS:
     Kodiak Women’s Resource Crisis Center
     Attn:  Mary Lund
     418 Hillside Drive
Kodiak, AK  99615

If you would like to make a pledge on this challenge, you may send it via email
to: ThePinkSlipperProject (at) gmail (dot) com or send it through the message box
(top right).  Please include your full name and city/state and category or categories
and the amount of each you wish to pledge. If a size/gender category has already
been filled, we will let you know and ask if there may be another size/gender that
you would like to make and send.


Our challenges are also posted on our Facebook page and most pledges are made there.
Please feel free to join our group there, too!



The PSP Team