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Help Wanted: Crisis Counselor/Victim Advocate

Diane Peppler Resource Center, Inc. posted a job.

  1. In conjunction with other staff, provide victim support counseling by telephone, to residents, to nonresidential clients, to walk-in clients and assist in providing 24 hour coverage.
  2. Provide crisis and advocacy service to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  3. Provide individual counseling for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  4. Assist clients with medical and legal advocacy, i.e. support during medical treatment, support and information reg… See More

    Full-time · $15 – $20 / hour · Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

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You're invited! Diane Peppler Resource Center is excited to announce that the 2019 Dolly and Me High Tea

Dolly and Me

Diane Peppler Resource Center is excited to announce that the 2019 Dolly and Me High Tea will take place on April 7th, 2019 at the LSSU Cisler Center. Keep a lookout for updates on our facebook event page ( of raffle prizes as they are received! We will have the 2019 American Girl Doll of the Year on raffle. Check her out here:

One ticket is needed per individual attending the event. Tickets can be purchased online at

Winter 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

Diane Peppler Resource Center 40th Anniversary.  1979 to 2019
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From the Director

I am pretty excited for this year we are in!  It’s our 40th Anniversary of the Diane Peppler Resource Center!  There are some pretty exciting things planned for this year, such as our 40th Anniversary Gala on September 21st.  It will be 18 months in the making. Be looking for tickets to go on sale at the Kewadin Box Office here in the Sault.  Mark your calendar and we hope to see you there. 

So how did we make it for 40 years in this business?  How did we even get started?  Who is responsible for making this agency’s philosophy and mission a success?  I can tell you the list is long.  The people, like Liz Foley and Diane Peppler, who had the vision and the tenacity to not give up on being able to provide safety for the victims of domestic violence were the ring leaders.  Doreen Howson and Kathy Smithers put in the blood, sweat, and tears for 3 decades of service!  The funders through the now known Division of Victim Services (formerly Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board-MDSVPTB) have been immeasurably supportive in engaging our agency and offering the guidelines for successful management of programs. Without all of these pioneers, we would not be here today. 

In 1994, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act and along with it came the necessary long term funding streams that are still available today.  It has mainly passed on its own merit as it comes up for renewal.  This past year, 2018, the Violence Against Women Act is sitting dormant due to the government shut down. It expired on December 31, 2018. We are anxiously awaiting an end to the federal government shutdown to see what the next course of action is.

These amazing women championed the cause that many were hiding away in secret, not thinking that anyone cared about their fear, their abuse, their terror, their children…  But someone did care.  In the 1980s, funding was made available through a law enforcement grant.  This funding is what allowed us the opportunity to open a home that supported homeless survivors of domestic violence.  We couldn’t be where we are today without their involvement. 

Through it all, we remain steadfast in our belief of victims, in our support of their pain, and in always following our motto, “Our Door is always Open!”  We may need some help in doing just that.  In the meantime, we will keep helping these clients, one day at a time, for the next 40+ years…

July 2018

From the Director

We are in the heat of the summer and I hope we are all enjoying it. It’s hard to imagine that a few short weeks ago, we were having our 4th winter of the year. July brings so many wonderful things for us in the UP. There are those long-awaited summer vacations, sitting around campfires, marveling at the beauty that is Pure Michigan. The biggest holiday is the 4th of July, or more famously known as Independence Day.

What does it mean to be independent? From the birth of our country, it meant to be free of tyrannical oppression, free to practice any religion of choice without persecution, and free to pursue happiness. For our client population, independence has a very basic meaning: freedom to live without fear. For every client, this freedom has been extremely costly. The ability to live one’s life without worrying about being controlled or assaulted seems like a dream to our clients. Sometimes the cost is more than they can pay. They pay with their homes, children, and sometimes their own lives.

This month, an amazing group called the Grey Dragons Motorcycle Association, a group of retired Department of Corrections employees, will be hosting their annual “Mary’s Dream-Living Without Fear” motorcycle ride. It is a fundraising event in honor of Mary Anderson-Babb who paid the ultimate sacrifice with her life. She did everything right. She called the police. She filed personal protection orders. She used a safety plan. The day her estranged spouse decided to end her life, all of her planning was for naught.

Shel Fox of the Grey Dragons, with the help of so many volunteers and amazing riders, plans and carries out these events all over the state. They then donate all of the money raised to support several domestic violence organizations across Michigan. We are one of the lucky recipients. Each year, they have made a generous donation to our organization to help us help our clients.

This year, on July 14th, the ride will begin with registration at 9:00am at 109 Newberry Ave., Newberry, MI. All motorcycle riders are welcome to come. There will be great food, awesome prizes (did someone say Lions/Packers tickets for December 30th?), and a chance to ride with a great group through some of the most beautiful countryside. At the end of the day, you can know that all you did and experienced went to help victims of domestic violence escape fear and live with peace and independence. I hope you will consider attending this event. You will not be sorry.

– Betsy Huggett, Executive Director

Check out Shel Fox talk about Mary’s Dream Ride and read the rest of our July Newsletter Here:

June 2018

From the Director

Every month, I try to bring something to the forefront that has to do with the awareness month. June is LGBTQ+ Awareness Month. I would encourage us to have a conversation about those in our communities who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or other. There is an enormous problem in this community and it’s not going away because it’s not being talked about. That problem is sexual assault.

People who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to be sexually assaulted than heterosexuals. It is often perpetrated as a hate crime. It is underreported, just like all sexual assaults. Many people from the LGBTQ+ community never come forward to report the crimes against them. If they do decide to report, they are often dismissed by those who are supposed to help them.

The statistics are staggering. 40% percent of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 17% of heterosexual women and 13% of lesbians. 40% of gay men and 47% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21% of heterosexual men. These are our sisters, brothers, cousins, friends, neighbors, and community members. Nobody deserves to have this happen. And if it does, they deserve to be treated with respect.

At Diane Peppler Resource Center, we do not discriminate against anyone seeking assistance for violence crimes committed against them. Our door is always open. We respect all. If you are being hurt by a partner, have been sexually assaulted, or if you are being stalked, please consider us a friendly environment that can offer assistance. I would also like to invite people to join us on June 15, 2018 at 9:00pm at Zim’s where we will be offering education during the monthly drag show.

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Embrace your Voice

April 2018

From the Director

You will probably read this more than once in this newsletter. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We consider this one of our highlight months. This is our time to shine a light on our services. This is the time to talk until we can’t talk anymore. This is the time to meet with as many people as possible. We are creating those opportunities and would love to have you engage with us.

We are having a first ever Open Mic Night to kick off this year’s theme of “Embrace Your Voice.” We are super excited about this event. We have had great feedback from people excited to not only participate in an open mic night but to be able to support our cause as well. We have singers and poets lined up to entertain us. We have two slots available and would love to have a couple of comedians! I hope you are out there reading this and want to sign up. Did I mention this is free?

Our Dolly and Me High Tea is one of my favorite events of the year. Not only do I get to hang out with some awesome kids and play dolls, I get to wear a fancy dress! As an only girl growing up with all brothers, this was not something I got to do very often. It is important for us to be able to build relationships with our future leaders and show them kindness, courtesy, and how to have fun. We are helping build protective factors with these children which will only serve to help them in the future. This is one of my favorite fundraisers and at $20 per person, it will be a real crowd pleaser!

Our Take Back/Give Back the Night event, “Embrace Your Voice” featuring Keith Edwards is the highlight of our month. There will be so many things to see and experience that it will literally change your life. I would encourage parents of teens, concerned community members, anyone in the position to exact change to come out and witness one of the most amazing nights that we have ever offered. And did I mention it is free?

Thank you to everyone who has worked tirelessly (who am I kidding? We are exhausted!) to make all of these events happen. I hope to see you at least once during the month. And remember, Embrace Your Voice. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem quite right, please say something, do something, or tell someone.

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March 2018

From the Director

March is National Women’s History Month. I believe I was born a strong, independent woman and I can only say “I’m sorry” so many times to my mama, another strong woman, who raised me this way. I might be the reason for the gray hairs. We get 31 days to learn about all of the amazing women, like my mother and grandmother, who came before us and paved the way for the work we do today in the movement of domestic violence and sexual assault. 2017 saw such a large increase in the numbers of victims of both domestic violence and sexual assault who are being believed when they report the atrocities committed against them. All I can say is “FINALLY!” , but we have such a long way to go.

It’s not hard to turn on the television, open the newspaper, or log on to social media to see what is going on in the world. But right here in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties, we have our own women to thank and be grateful for, for their hard work and sacrifices, and for their commitment to our clients and our communities. These strong women, many of whom will never make the history books, are the backbone of our communities and deserve a parade in their honor.

If I didn’t start with our own namesake, I would be remiss. Diane Peppler was an amazing and dedicated female attorney. In 1977, she moved to Sault Ste. Marie and opened her law office. During the course of doing business and attending community meetings, she and a group of likeminded individuals, knew that the problems of domestic violence in Chippewa County could not go unanswered any longer. They knew women needed a place of safety and support in order to feel safe again. They started by assisting victims with one night stays at the Ojibway Ramada in 1979 until funding could be found. The year 1979 was also the year Diane was joined by her brother, Brian (some of you may know him), as a partner in their law firm. He talked of Diane tirelessly working on finding locations and “dragging” him around to see places. Diane wrote and applied for the articles of incorporation and the 501c3 status and the Domestic Violence Center of the EUP was born. Diane wrote and received the first grant ever for this type of work in Michigan. It was called the LEAA grant, funded by Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. Unfortunately in 1981, Diane was taken in a car accident and the organization was renamed for her amazing spirit. To this day, we hope to honor her with the work we do for our clients.

And of course, no celebration of women in the history of the domestic violence movement would be complete without honoring our very own Doreen Howson. Doreen gave Diane Peppler Resource Center more than 30 years as the executive director, coming on board in 1980. She also engaged in advancing the movement through advocacy on a state level, working with the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, now known as the Division of Victim Services. Doreen is always available whenever I need her expertise, an ear, or to have her cheer on our victories. We would not be where we are today without her guidance and presence every day.

It’s because of these pioneers that we have a place where other women can be valued in the workplace, can be supported in their times of strife, and can be strong, independent, and capable. Because of the support we received with our grants, we have our first attorney working for our clients (who happens to be a woman). We are blessed to work with many professional females in the course of our duties, whether they are our peers at the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Advocacy Resource Center and Bay Mills Indian Community, in law enforcement, at the hospitals, or in the prosecuting attorney’s offices. We have strong women who sit on the benches in our district as magistrates or judges. We have the support of our colleagues at the Women In Business meetings. And we have the strong women who sit on our board of directors: Mindy, Francene, Leanne, Ellen, Erica, Emily, and Jan.

Thank you to all of the strong women in our lives: May we know them, May we be them, May we raise them!

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December 2017

Letter from the Director

Season’s Greetings to All! I can’t believe the holidays are already upon us. We are 2 months into the new fiscal year and time seems to be flying by. We are busy with preparations for our upcoming Children’s Christmas Party, Board of Director’s December meeting, and our staff celebration. In doing all of these things, we keep in the forefront of our minds that there are families who are not together at the holidays and that things are sad at home. We do our best to make sure the holidays here for our in-house clients are safe, happy, and full of hope for the future. We couldn’t do any of these things without your help.

I would like to take a moment to ponder on some thoughts that always get to me this time of year. I miss home. I have lived in the same house for 12 years. It is my home with my husband and our animals. But what I miss is the nostalgia of my childhood home. I miss not falling asleep on Christmas Eve because Santa was coming. I miss my grandma sleeping on the sofa in our living room, facing the Christmas tree, and telling us kids to “get back in bed” when we would try to sneak a peek at 4:00am. I miss all of my brothers and me being under the same roof. I miss my mom and dad saying we can open presents after they have their coffee and then learning to make their coffee to hurry the process. I miss my cousins coming over to play games. I miss my dad playing his guitar and singing for us. That is Christmas and home for me. Whenever I hear, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” I always get tears in my eyes.

The families who stay with us over the holidays do not have home for Christmas. Our families will forever have Diane Peppler Resource Center as part of their future Christmas stories. “Do you remember that time we stayed at the shelter for Christmas?” That is going to be part of someone’s forever Christmas memory. We have the opportunity to show these families the kindness that everyone deserves. These families are seeking a new normal for themselves. As they traverse through the difficult days ahead, hopefully they can put the painful days behind them and move forward into a brighter outlook.

We believe in the magic of Christmas. We believe if you have been good all year, Santa will bring you something special. We believe that Santa knows where you are, even if you are not at your home. We need some special people to be Santas for our clients. If you would like to help be part of someone’s Christmas story of their time at the shelter, please give me a call at (906) 635-0566. All Santas can apply.

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December 2017

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. The activities conducted were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, Celebrating those who have survived, and Connecting those who work to end violence.

These three themes remain a key focus of DVAM events today. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence providing key leadership in this effort. Each year, the Day of Unity is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The first Monday of October 2017, the Sault Ste. Marie City Commission helped us celebrate by making a proclamation that the issue of domestic violence is important to each and every commissioner and it will not be tolerated. Even though DV Awareness month is celebrated in October, we believe this issue is important to educate on throughout the entire year.

Domestic Violence Awareness Walk Oct 09 2017


Please join us on October 9th for the Annual DV Walk as we raise awareness with our sisters in the movement, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Advocacy Resource Center. We will start registration at 5:00pm and the walk starts at 6:00pm. We will be meeting at the Niigaanigiizhik Building on Ice Circle Drive. The first 300 registrants will get a hooded sweatshirt. We will have food and beverages, hope, love, and fellowship.




Together, we can end domestic violence



Modern Day Slavery in Michigan Explored

On Saturday, September 16th,  the Soo Film Festival will be featuring the award winning film “Stuck in Traffic, Modern-Day Slavery in Michigan”, accompanied by the short  “Anna” dealing with the same subject.

Stuck in Traffic” is a 40 minute film that exposes the Michigan connection to the multi-billion dollar industry of Sex trafficking and explores how traffickers exploit and control their victims.  It is a stark reminder that the impact that this deplorable trade has upon our communities, our children and our families cannot be ignored.

We urge you to watch this film and participate in the Q &A panel that follows. Parents and community leaders need to understand and be able to recognize the signs,  so they can help our children and vulnerable adults to avoid becoming modern day slaves.

“It’s happening to somebody right now as we speak, and it needs to stop. We cannot look the other way. because when we look the other way evil is perpetuated… and this is happening to somebodies daughter, perhaps somebodies son, is being abused abused today” Tom Watkins

Help Wanted: Night Monitor

We are still on the search for a Night Monitor to stay overnight in our shelter with our residents. This is a great opportunity for college students and for those looking to gain experience in the social work field.

The Night Monitor is responsible for taking in new residents after hours and addressing any emergencies with the current residents.

Pay for this position is free room and board in our shelter (shared apartment).

Please call us for further information on how to apply!


Project Homeless Connect coming to Newberry

Are you Homeless, or At Risk of Becoming Homeless? We are here to help you! Project Homeless Connect is coming to Newberry on August 17, 2017! The event will be located at Tahquamenon Area Schools. Doors will open from 10a.m. to 2p.m.! There will be free services, free lunch, free giveaways and goodies, kids activities, and much more!

Looking for Volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please register here:

For more information about the event, check us out on Facebook:

For more information (906) 293-4853

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DPRC Blast to the Past Run

Come help us put an end to Domestic Violence. Volunteers, Runners and spectators welcome!

DPRC Blast to the Past Run to End Domestic Violence – 2017
5K Race – $30.00 – Starts at 6:45PM
1 Mile Fun Run – $15.00 – Starts at 6:00PM

American Legion Memorial Park
State Street, St. Ignace MI

To Enter

To Volunteer


For more information please

Contact Kristy

or call 906-635-0566

Dial Help Press Release

Diane Peppler is proud to announce a new program to further assist with the fight against domestic violence and sexual assualt.

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Violence Against Women Act in Jeopardy

Proposed federal budget cuts for FY18 include the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and some prevention spending from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
These budget cuts would significantly impact the availability of services not just here at Diane Peppler Resource Center but across the entire country.

We invite you to join us in contacting our federal legislators,
Senator Gary Peters,
Senator Debbie Stabenow, and
Congressman Jack Bergman.

Please let them know that as a constituent, domestic violence and sexual assault deserve to continue to be funded through the Violence Against Women Act.

Become a Volunteer Board Member

Would you like to make a difference for the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking? We are recruiting passionate community members from all educational and professional backgrounds in Luce, Mackinac, and Chippewa counties that would like to volunteer to joint our Board of Directors.

Contact our Director Betsy Huggett for more information!

DPRC is currently looking for volunteer board members

November 2016 Newsletter

Celebrate National Philanthropy Day and learn how you can help us make a difference in the lives of the victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their families. It can be as easy as using when you shop or donating items for our annual Christmas party or as profound as volunteering for our crisis help line. Our director, Betsy Huggett, shares how our combined efforts and outreach helps law enforcement and others to recognize and protect victims in our community.


Nov 2016 Newsletter (pdf)


DPRC Newsletter June 2016

Volunteers Needed for upcoming events, a message from our director about National Hunger Awareness Month and information about National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Day in this month’s edition.

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April 2016 Newsletter

DPRC Newsletter April 2016


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a big time of year for the Diane Peppler Resource Center. This month we hosted Katie Hnida, a speaker for sexual assault awareness, at both LSSU’s Take Back the Night event and at La Salle High School in St. Ignace. This month we are also hosting our Annual Dolly and Me High Tea Fundraiser.

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