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GoodGiving Challenge: Your Gift Grows Good for Survivors

The 2019 GoodGiving Challenge begins on Tuesday, December 3. Bluegrass Community Foundation coordinates this week of online giving to grow good in our community. And we’re so excited because that’s exactly what your generous good gift will do in the lives of survivors: $25 Support Group for Survivors $50 Day of shelter for one survivor $100 Legal advocacy for one survivor $250 Week of 24-hour crisis hotline $350 Week of shelter for one survivor Lots of wonderful matching and…

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Gratitude at GreenHouse17

Domestic Violence Awareness Month. #GivingTuesday. Good Giving Challenge. Holiday Mailing. Holiday Gift Drives. Holiday Store. It is a busy time of year for us, and really, all nonprofits are feeling it. On average, 30% of a nonprofit’s annual budget is donated in November and December! Most nonprofits begin planning their year-end strategy in October. Us included! Which coincides nicely with our primary month to raise as much awareness as possible about domestic violence and the services we provide. It is full…

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Define American

Many of us use words without considering their origin and effect on others. Whether we are aware of it or not, the vocabulary we hear and use on a daily basis affects both our perception of those seemingly different from us, and of ourselves. Think of that time your grandpa bursted out “retard” to refer to someone with differing mental abilities, or perhaps when you refered to an undocumented immigrant as an “illegal.”  Language shapes…

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Speak My Name

We speak these names to remember their lives and call for an end to the violence.  Please listen for one minute as we speak the names of 26 victims killed by intimate partners in Kentucky from September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019. Speak My Name is a project of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This is not an exhaustive list. Includes only victims about whom the coalition is aware through media outlets and…

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Corporate Gifts – Handmade by Survivors

Give a Hope Box of Handmade by Survivors products this holiday season to showcase your community support and celebrate social enterprise for good. Each Hope Box is $25, with a minimum of 10 ordered, and will include the following items: 1 – Soy Wax Candle (10-hour burn time) 1 – Bar of Soap (5 oz) 1 – Bath Salt (8 oz) 1 – Lip Balm (.15 – .25 oz) 1 – Card with handwritten message…

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Shelter Renovation Completion

Please join us on Tuesday, October 15 to celebrate the completed renovation of our region’s emergency shelter for survivors. 10 – 11 am Re-dedication Ceremony with Lexington Mayor Gorton and special guests, followed by tours of the shelter. 11 am – 2 pm Open House drop-in event with tours for service partners and friends of the mission RSVP with names of guests and event (ceremony or open house) to 859-519-1922 or rsvp@greenhouse17.org. Please include a…

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Hello from Manuela

Hello folx! My name is Manuela Hincapie Vidal and I am thrilled to begin my fourth AmeriCorps service term, this time as an AmeriCorps VISTA Communications Specialist here at GreenHouse17; my one-year service term is made possible by the Corporation for National and Community Service as well as the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky. With all formalities set aside, I would like to introduce myself more accordingly. As I walked through Berea College’s forests…

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Community Partner Spotlight: Maple Tree Gallery

With the hustle and bustle of city life in Lexington, it is always nice to get out and about into the smaller, more relaxed towns that we serve. And Danville is particularly close to our hearts with three staff and one boardmember having roots there.   Therefore, we are very excited to announce that our Handmade by Survivors products will be available for sale there!  One of the loveliest places in Danville, without a doubt, is the Maple Tree Gallery. It’s not just a gallery and it’s not just a…

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Back to School

The early morning pitter patter of little feet down the hallways. The sleepy eyes and big yawns in the dining room. The mid-afternoon rush of screaming laughter and excited stories. Yep, school is back in session at shelter!!   Can we all just take a moment to remember what the first day of school was like (way back when)? The nervousness of not knowing what your teacher is like. The excitement of seeing old friends…

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U-Pick Day on the Farm

You and your friends are invited out to the farm for some flower-picking fun! Saturday, September 28 10 am – 1 pm 4400 Briar Hill Road in Lexington $15 bucket No tickets required. Dozens of seasonal flower varieties available. We’ll provide the buckets. Bring your clippers, if you got ‘em. Rain or shine and family-friendly. Happy dogs on leashes welcome. Every bucket supports nature-based healing and reminds survivors of intimate partner abuse that our community…

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