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Help in a crisis – center for women receives donation to help fight cycles of poverty, homelessness, abuse and addiction

Having a place to turn to in a time of crisis can mean the difference between survival and the unthinkable. The Hannah Center in Marshfield, Wis. has been assisting women in life crises of all kinds since 1993 and is the recent recipient of Security Health Plan’s Employee-Driven Corporate Giving grant.

Hannah Center volunteer and Marshfield Clinic Health System employee Kristin Glass nominated the organization for the donation. Each month Security Health Plan awards this $1,000 grant to a different charity or organization that is nominated by a Marshfield Clinic Health System employee.

Glass says she’s seen firsthand the impact the Hannah Center has had in the community.

“The Hannah Center enriches the lives of women and children to create a healthier life, and therefore community, in which we all live,” Glass said. "They have helped close friends and myself in times of need with things such as housing, support, children's needs and friendship. I will be forever grateful for the amazing things they provide our community.”
The Hannah Center exists to assist women in life crisis through compassion and guidance in a nurturing environment. They don’t accept any state or federal funding of any kind, so community support is essential.

“The support of our community means so much,” said Hannah Center Program Coordinator Tricia Fancher. “We work to come alongside women in crisis and teach them the life skills they need to be successful independently – equipping them not only with these skills, but with the ability to teach these skills to their children, impacting generations. This donation will help us continue to stop the cycles of chronic poverty, homelessness, abuse and addiction that have been crippling our communities for so many years.”

More than 200 women of various backgrounds and walks of life have called The Hannah Center their home, thanks to the center’s individualized goal-based housing program. This program helps women in crisis – those with children or without, in many types of situations, by offering them a place to live and get back on their feet.

This program focuses on setting and achieving long and short-term goals, support, advocacy and life skills training, helping each woman create lasting positive changes in her life. Length of stay for this program is individualized, and is based on the resident's progress and achievement of her goals.

“Women can live there up to a year to receive the guidance, support and love they need to rebuild a life for themselves and their children,” Glass said.

Another aspect of the Hannah Center is Hannah's Caring Closet, which provides donated baby and children's items to any family in need. Depending on donations, they can offer baby and children's clothing size 0-6T, diapers and wipes, baby necessities such as bottles, breast pumps, cribs, car seats, formula and much more. These items are available to any community member or family in the Marshfield area.

“The core values of the Hannah Center include supporting human life in all its forms, offering a home
environment that is welcoming and non-judgmental to all who enter,” Glass said. “They are committed to assisting in positive life changes and embracing holistic care of a woman, taking into consideration her physical, emotional, social, familial and spiritual needs. They’ve helped many patients, friends of mine and myself during hard times to support and provide needed items for their babies and children.”

For more information on the Hannah Center, visit their website at hannahcenter.com.