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Give To The Max

Faribault’s Hope Center is participating in GIVE TO THE MAX DAY! If you would like to donate to the Hope Center please click on the button on the right and follow the directions. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The Official Hope Center Blog

Give to the Max Day Is Coming!!

GTMD2014Are you ready?

The 6th Annual Give to the Max Day is coming!

Avoid the GTMD rush, you can schedule your donation early so you know you won’t forget!




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Sexual Assault “Not Just A Woman’s Issue”

by: Sara Hart- Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator for HOPE Center

Rape … it can happen anytime, any place. It does not only happen to women, but also to men and children. Rape should not be just a “woman’s issue,” but an issue that our community as a whole needs to address and demand that it will no longer be silenced.
In a recent article it was stated that there has been four sexual assaults reported to Faribault law enforcement since January 2011. HOPE Center has worked with 22 victim/survivors of sexual assault since January 2011. These clients were informed what their options/rights are, may have been placed in safe housing, perhaps assisted in writing an Order for Protection/Harassment Restraining Order, given support during an evidentiary exam, and/or given emotional support.

Read more here.

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2nd Annual Scrub for HOPE!

Join us this Saturday from 11-3 as the ACT Center and Carleton Students help clean up Northfield!

The 2nd Annual Scrub for HOPE Car Wash will be in the Econofoods Parking lot at 601 Division Street.

You bring your car they wash that, and your $10 donation will help clean your conscience knowing you helped support a great organization :).  

Everybody walks away clean and happy!

We HOPE to see you there!

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Free Parenting Workshop Tonight!

News from the Northfield Community Initiative…

Behavior Expert Kirk Martin to present on Thursday night!

Don’t forget!  This Thursday (May 19, 2011) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., behavioral expert and parent educator Kirk Martin and his son will be coming to Northfield.  Their workshop is titled, “Ready to Be A Courageous Parent? Stop Defiance, Yelling & Power Struggles.”

This practical, humorous, and life-changing workshop will be held at the Northfield High School Auditorium (1400 Division St. S.).  The event is FREE and open to the public.

Kirk’s advice is designed to provide parents and educators with practical tools that can be used to sidestep power struggles and improve behavior and focus of a child at home and school.

Please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, made possible by a coalition of local community groups.  For more information about Kirk and his work, please visit:

Find the flyer here.

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Omelet Breakfast Sunday May 15th!!

The Sons of the American Legion

are hosting an Omelet Breakfast

for the benefit of HOPE Center.

Sunday May 15th

American Legion-

112 NE 5th St. Faribault

8:30am – Noon

$7 adults ~ $3.50 for kids 12 and under

Buy your tickets at HOPE Center or at the Door

We HOPE to see you there!!

Thank you for your support

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United Way Fundraiser!

As you know we depend on funding from many sources, one of our much appreciated sources is the United Ways of Faribault and Northfield.  Today (Friday April 29th) the United Way of Faribault is having a fundraiser. 

Good food, good cause what could be better?

Today the Schwan’s Frozen Food Truck is in the United Way of Faribault parking lot (24 W. Division St.) until 6:30pm. Stop by and shop from the truck to help raise money for United Way.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

By Sara Hart, Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator

To many people April is just another month of the year, but Nationally April is recognized and declared Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a time for us as a community to raise our voices and “Demand a Change, Change of Heart.” It is a time to raise awareness about these two very important issues that DO occur in our community to children, women and men.

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted by the age of 18. Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted according to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey. To put this in perspective, think of 3 close females and/or 6 close males. One of those females and/or males is more then likely a victim/survivor of sexual assault. As a community we can “Demand a Change, Change of Heart” by speaking to our friends and family members. Break the silence.

I am asked many times throughout the year, “What can I do?” Accept the fact that Sexual Assault and Child Abuse does occur in our community. Speak out about it, educate family and friends, talk to your children about their bodies and what a “safe” and “unsafe” touch is. Who can your child, sibling, niece/nephew tell if someone has touched them inappropriately. Lastly, always believe when someone tells you that they are being or have been sexually or physically assaulted.

April 7, 2011 has been designated as “Wear Blue and Teal Day.” By wearing the colors teal and blue or a ribbon you are showing your support for victim/survivors of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault. You are making a statement that there is no place in our community for Sexual assault and Child Abuse. You are “Demanding a Change, Change of Heart!”

For more information click here.

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Lots of News!

There has been a lot of news about HOPE Center in the Daily News recently here are some of the links to stay updated on the most current events!

An upcoming event for HOPE Center and the Community Action Team to help Protect Youth click here. for more information.

A celebration of a recent MN Supreme Court decision that HOPE Center is excited about- click here.

One in 10 Rice County residents aren’t getting enough food click here to find out more.

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Community Notification Meeting Tonight- Feb. 23rd

On March 1, a level three sex offender is moving to Faribault.

A community notification meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday night (February 23rd) at the Faribault Police Department to answer questions and address any concerns.

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A reminder…

Life here at HOPE Center has been hectic. 

Moving, purging dusty files that have been piling up in the corners of our office as we attend to the daily crisis calls and people who walk through our doors.  Wondering how many pens an office of 5 really needs, seeing how generous our community really is as we compile all that has been given to us in one space. 

We are in our new home and starting to settle into a new routine.  As many of you know we had some hiccups with our e-mail and internet so if you have been trying to get a hold of us that we we are now back online! 

And with all of the tasks and checklists and practical pieces I have been in a state of looking for the next thing to check off- until this phone call. 

I received a phone call this morning from a company out of state who had wanted to make a donation in honor of an employee who works in their MN office who had lost a child to domestic violence.  Her ex had murdered her after trying to end the relationship.  And there was silence for a moment until I shared that that is why I do this too… my friend was murdered as a result of domestic violence.  And in the midst of the hustle and bustle, the practical pieces of keeping the phones ready and the lights on I was reminded of the greater reason why I do what I do each day.

Sometimes it is good to be reminded.

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