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2/15/2016 12:00 PM
Marshfield Rotary Club at Holiday Inn
Ken & Karen Seehafer: “Seehafer’s Farm Creamery.”

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Rotary Member of the Week
Roberta DeVetter
Roberta and husband Dennis arrived here in the fall of 1979 to take care of Marshfield’s garbage problem. This resulted in Valley Sanitation (which has since morphed into Veolia and then Advanced Disposal), which Dennis ran and quite successfully. They both have been very active in community affairs, have two children and two grandchildren; and they often can be found on RiverEdge Golf Course, which borders their home. Roberta is our Rotary Club’s Immediate Past-President.
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Shirleys House of Hope
Julie Cravillion serves as Executive Director of Shirley’s House of Hope (SHOH). Julie and Sue Poole, who serves as Program Director, were co-founders of the House about seven years ago. A faith-based organization, SHOH’s purpose is to help those hurting from the effects of domestic violence. In 2010, a 7000 square foot building was secured to house 8 women and their children at one time. But Julie emphasizes that SHOH does not simply provide emergency housing. The three goals are to Rebuild, Renew, and Restore. Rebuild is the emergency housing component, provided for those who need a few weeks to secure alternative housing. Renew consists of a six month healing program available for women who want to break the cycle of domestic violence, providing counseling, case management, support group, and classes. Restore provides transitional housing services available to mothers who qualify for the Bridge of Hope program. This provides 1-2 years of continued support for mothers after they graduate from the Renew program. Since Shirley’s House opened in October of 2010, they have served 262 women and provided 2158 nights of shelter. Julie noted that most of the victims of domestic abuse themselves were raised in an environment of abuse or other domestic dysfunction. She said it is critical to break that cycle of abuse. “When we end domestic violence in one woman’s life, we end it a child’s life” and in the lives of subsequent generations.

Unfortunately, the demand for services exceeds the space available to provide them. SHOH has launched a fund drive called “The Building of Hope Campaign” which has a goal of raising $572,000. $300,000 of that is needed to purchase the building they currently are using. The remainder will be used for renovation and will do the following: Add two additional rooms for women and children; Improve efficiency of office space; Provide an overnight manager suite; Build a new garage and storage unit. They plan to raise some of the money with a “Striking Out Domestic Violence” bowling fund raiser on Sunday, April 24. Anyone can enter a team by calling Julie at 715-486-9000. The impact of SHOH is demonstrated in personal stories. This is from a letter written by Tina: “The volunteers and staff at Shirley’s are truly angels sent from heaven. You have inspired my life and given me so much power, growth, and guidance. Truly! That is the energy I have received from being at Shirley’s.” More information may be found at the SHOH website:

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