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Giving Tuesday Non-Profit Spotlight: Baraga County Shelter Home

Through domestic violence shelters, Victim advocates, and strong support from the community, the Baraga County Shelter Home hopes to help people move forward. Baraga County Shelter Home staff believe that through empowering victims to take control of their situation and offering a support space for victims to come, they can begin their journey toward healing.

“The family is the foundation of strong communities. And we are there to catch anyone that needs a little bit of help. We empower victims to become self-sustaining and productive members of society.” – Gwen Apger, Executive Director, Baraga County Shelter Home

Baraga County Shelter’s Executive Director Gwen Apger says that Giving Tuesday donations, along with grant funding have allowed the non–profit to increase staffing. Such as crisis advocates who are available by phone directly.

“We are mostly grant-funded. And the grants we are funded with have very specific allowable expenditures. And these funds from Giving Tuesday help make up for what the grant funds do not allow. More of the personal things. Haircuts, and school clothes for victims’ children. We’ve paid for summer camps, and stuff like that for our clients and their families.” – Gwen Apger, Executive Director, Barga County Shelter Home

Giving Tuesday with the Copper Shores Community Health Foundation last year raised over 650,000 dollars from individuals in the community and from friends of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Annually the foundation has provided a match sum to add to the day of giving’s total. Adding up to over 2.7 million dollars spread throughout the copper country over the past six years. Find more information about Giving Tuesday with the Copper Shores Community Health Foundation here and more about the Baraga County Shelter Home here.

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