Proving again the generosity of Kenosha County residents, several hundred donated items were collected as the result of a Communitywide Shower to assist clients of Women & Children’s Horizons.
Items were collected by Kenosha County Treasurer Teri Jacobson over a period of several weeks in April.
The Community Shower culminated with a fund-raising Tea Party event held for 25 women on April 23rd at Circa on Seventh, 4902 Seventh Ave., Kenosha. The Tea Party was donated by Patti and Rick Worzalla, of Kenosha, as part of the Annual Fall Benefit Event fundraiser for the Kenosha Achievement Center. Jacobson and Jennie Tunkieicz were the successful bidders for the Tea Party and they decided to parlay it into another fundraising event for Women & Children’s Horizons.
Among the items donated were comforters, sheet sets, blankets, mattress covers, pillows, crockpots, coffee makers, diapers, cleaning supplies, storage containers, personal care items, and gift cards.
Lori Hanson, Marketing and Development Manager for Women & Children’s Horizons, said the Communitywide Shower and the Tea Party event helped provide necessary household items for families who need a fresh start.
“Many of our clients come to us with very little. Many had to leave a dangerous situation and have left with only the clothes on their backs. Our hope is to provide our clients with the basic needs to live a life without violence,” Hanson said.
“The items that were donated at the community shower will give our clients the chance to start over. Many of the things that we may take for granted are not necessarily accessible to these clients. Pots and pans, dishes, and silverware, to name a few, are items that we like to provide a client who is starting over,” she said.
Women and Children’s Horizons has been serving the Kenosha Community for over 40 years. Its services include an emergency shelter, a 24-hour help-line, legal advocacy, restraining order advocacy, children’s programs, transitional living program, underserved population program, and sexual assault and domestic violence victim programs. These services are offered free of charge and also in Spanish.
“We thank those of you who donated to the community shower. Your gifts will allow our clients to have what they need to make a better life and build a brighter future for themselves and their families,” Hanson said.
For more information about Women and Children’s Horizons, please visit its website at wchkenosha.org.