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Guest post: Help women living in shelters this Mother’s Day

Think of your four closest friends, coworkers, sisters, and neighbors. Wouldn’t you do anything you could to help them if they needed it?Any one of them could fall victim to domestic violence and have nowhere to turn except to a local shelter.Research has proven that any one of us could find ourselves in one this situation no matter what our race, religion, financial status or background is.

Many southeastern Wisconsin moms live in poverty, have become homeless and are struggling each day because of domestic abuse.

But now through May 12th, there’s an easy way to take action to help local moms in these situations.

The moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is working with local community partners to collect personal care such as hair care products, bedding, makeup, toothpaste, and personal hygiene goods to benefit local moms at the Milwaukee Women’s Center, Hebron House, Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin, Women’s Center in Waukesha and Women’s Resource Center of Racine.

Roots Coffee Bar, owned by local moms who support other local moms, is hosting a Movers For Moms donation box at their locations in Waukesha and Oconomowoc now thru May 12.

We invite you to help bring donations to any Movers For Moms community partner near you. You can find a stop by searching the easy donation map online. All of the donations will be delivered to the local shelters right in time for Mother’s Day.

A small gesture, around a special holiday like Mother’s day, could make someone’s life just a little bit better for a short time.

Find a donation box.


The Facts

  • Over half of the 37 million Americans living in poverty today are women. 26 percent of women in poverty are single mothers with dependent children.
  • Each year, there are 30,000 domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement and referred to district attorneys’ offices in the State of Wisconsin and, of those, more than 40 percent occur in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Additionally, in the most recent report by Wisconsin’s Division of Housing, Department of Administration, a large, persistent increase in domestic violence survivors makes women the fastest – growing subpopulation of clients in Wisconsin’s residential homeless programs.


About the Guest Authors

Hilary DeVries and Heidi Laatsch are owners of Roots Coffeebar and supporters of many community programs like the Movers for Moms campaign. Both know the importance of being among community and giving back. Hilary and Heidi have extreme love for their families, Hilary’s son Jude and husband Kaleb and Heidi’s two children Jaelyn and Jace and husband Jason.

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