The Mackinac County Outreach Office246 Ferry Lane St. Ignace, MI 49783 (906) 643-0498
The DV Task Force in Mackinac County is continuing to meet weekly bringing together prosecution, law enforcement, and domestic violence advocacy working as a team to provide better investigation, more prosecutions, and services to the victims of domestic violence.
As for fundraising efforts, the 4th Annual Burger Bash/Family Fun Night held on June 21, 2012 was a huge success. There were 106 people in attendance, which is triple what we had last year. There were tug of war, sack races, duck pond, and kite flying enjoyed by all the kids at the event and the adults enjoyed the music and raffles. All who came enjoyed a tasty burger cooked up by the St. Ignace Fire Department. The event raised $775 to help provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The event was held at the Red, White, and Blue Park, downtown St. Ignace, a perfect location for a large gathering of people on a beautiful day. Thanks to the community for the support and we look forward to holding this event again next year.
In the form of providing community awareness, the 4th Annual Strike Out the Violence Teen Event took place last September 2011, with 38 Middle School and High School students in attendance. There were some great grand prizes given away, including an Ipod Touch, Digital Cameras, a Wii Console, and much more. Every student left with more knowledge of healthy relationships and a bag full of goodies, including a gift card for a local restaurant. The students played a dating violence game while bowling with their friends. It’s a great opportunity to teach the students about healthy relationships while they are having fun.
The Luce County Outreach Office407 W. Harrie Newberry, MI 49868 (906) 293-4853
The Luce County office is located in the Luce County Government Building. There is one staff member in the office. this office provides counseling, legal and medical advocacy, referrals to transitional housing, dating violence prevention programs in the local schools, and presentations to the community. In addition, the staff member represents the Diane Peppler Resource Center on various collaborative boards and groups. The staff member also provides volunteer recruitment and training.
One of the events in Luce County include the Burger Bash Fundraiser in June 2012 sponsored and presented by the Newberry Fireman’s association which raised over $1,200 and raised awareness of the program. Another big even was the Wii Can Beat Violence Teen Program in September where we combined fun and challenging activities with learning about dating and sexual violence. we also took part in the Luce County Child Advocacy Day getting information to children and parents regarding “Good touch-Bad touch”. We were present at the Health Fair sponsored by the Sault Tribe and distributed information regarding sexual and domestic assault and dating violence.
Luce County is also working to form a Domestic Violence Task Force like the one in Mackinac County to bring law enforcement, prosecution, and domestic violence advocates together to work as a team to provide better investigation, more prosecutions and services to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.