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This section is where you can get the latest news and releases from The Shelter for Abused Women & Children. Check out the latest proclamations from the School Board, the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County and Bill Barnett, Mayor, City of Naples.

2014 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:27


2014 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaign

  • The Moe’s Corporate Run Thursday, Oct 2nd at 6:15pm. Three mile run/walk/ will begin at Moe's Grille at the corner of Immokalee Rd and US 41 in Naples. Event benefits The Shelter. For full event info click here or email Gissa Infante at
  • The Shelter’s Annual Purple Party Friday, Oct. 3rd from 6-7:30pm at Ridgway Bar and Grill, 1300 Third Street South in Naples. Event presented by The Shelter’s Next Gen group. Ridgway Bar and Grill will donate ten percent of the proceeds from the dinner to The Shelter. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at or on Facebook. For more information, please email Gissa Infante at
  • Mercato Goes Purple Saturday, Oct. 11th from 10am to close of business at Mercato Shoppes, 9132 Strada Place, Suite 11103 in Naples. Participating merchants providing numerous promotions, discounts and raffle prizes. Domestic violence informational booth will be set up near Peace Symbol centrally located at Mercato. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple for special pricing at select merchants. For more information, please email Jason Young at
  • Motorcycle Run: Sunday, Oct. 19th, time TBD. For more information, please look on Facebook or email Lisa Fasanella at
  • The Immokalee Peace March & Children’s Fair Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at the Collier County Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St. in Immokalee. The Children’s Fair will run from 3-6 p.m., followed by the police-escorted Peace March at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Activities include children’s games, entertainment, food, and prizes. There will also be a talent show and information booths hosted by partner agencies. For more information, please email Josie Means at
  • Wear a Purple Pin - The Shelter invites local businesses and agencies to wear purple ribbons throughout the month of October and take a “selfie” or picture of your group and email photo to Kaydee Tuff at to be posted on The Shelter’s Facebook page.
  • Flash Mobs Wednesday, Oct. 15th from 9:30am to 1:30pm at several locations in Collier County. Partners are invited to dance with us at a location of their choosing. If you are interested in joining and/or getting more information, please email Rosa Leon at
  • Breaking the Cycle Monday, October 20th all day at Crossfit Blaze, 6563 Taylor Rd, Unit #8 in Naples. Workouts will be named after individuals making a difference in our society. Crossfitters will be given purple athletic headbands that display The Shelter’s logo and pictures will be taken after the workout. For more information, please email Karen Harmon at or visit
  • Breaking the Cycle Sunday, Oct. 26th from 10am-11am at Crossfit Naples, 4110 Enterprise Ave Suite #106. Workouts will last one hour and be named after individuals making a difference in our society. Crossfit Naples will also be making a contribution for every Facebook check in from its members during the month of October, beginning on October 1st. For more information, please email Sergio Lopez at or visit

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October of 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This expanded to a week of activities on local, state and national levels.

For information on The Shelter's 2014 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaign and the life-transforming programs and services, please call 239.775.3862, or visit

NN Rotary donates Care Bags PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:52

Rotary Club donated Care Bags

The North Naples Rotary Club recently donated 300 adult and child-sized care bags to assist victims of abuse as they enter our emergency shelter.

“Many of our participants come to us with no resources of their own," says Shelter Director Linda Oberhaus. “These bags provide much needed personal care items that allow a measure of routine care at time of great upset in their lives.”

Each adult bag contains full-size containers of shampoo/conditioner, body lotion, a hairbrush, a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, bar of soap and razor.

For the children there is shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, hairbrush, bar of soap and puzzle.

According to Emergency Shelter Manager Danielle Morduant, the bags allow shelter staff to set up accommodations quickly and efficiently when participants are admitted to the shelter.

The club also donated a $400 check to purchase infant toiletries.

Back to School Back Pack Drive PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 18:21

Marco Island residents helped fill back packs for The Shelter

Back to School Back Pack Drive


Thanks to overwhelming community support, the Shelter's children and outreach participants went back to school with brand new backpacks filled with school supplies, Aug. 18.

Each year, The Shelter assists more than 800 child victims and survivors of domestic violence through safety, intervention and support. In addition, the organization reaches more than 17,000 school-age children through our prevention and education programs.

“We were thrilled with the results,” said Rebecca Thompson, The Shelter’s development and volunteer officer. “We strive to provide every necessity for these children – a filled backpack relieves the financial burden and allows these children to start the school year feeling confident and prepared with the knowledge that their education is important and that someone believes in them.”

Santa stops by on vacation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:56

Santa visited the children at The Shelter

Where does Santa Claus vacation in July? Children from The Shelter found out, July 25, when Santa made a surprise visit, dressed in full tourist regalia.

Earlier in the day, the children had been told that Santa had been spotted on the beach near the Naples Pier. That afternoon, while they were participating in activities, Santa popped in dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, swim trunks, flip flops and sunglasses. The jolly old elf then called each child by name and presented each one with a gift.

“It was so delightful and the children were so excited,” said Youth Development Advocate Lauren Burgess. “Even the teenagers participated!”

Celebrate Apple Pie Day at Options Thrift Shoppe E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

 Apple Pie Day 2014

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