As we celebrate many holidays during the October, November, December, and January months, the women and children of Abby’s House know they will be supported by the Abby’s House community. Donors, volunteers, and supporters provide needed items, warm smiles, and compassion during this time of year.
One such group is the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, which arrive each year to bring warmth and comfort through an assortment of winter coats to the women and children of Abby’s House. Dozens of staff from the sheriff’s office brought 100 new warm winter coats and a special guest—none other than Smiley, the WooSox mascot! After arriving, Senior Director of Development and Communications, Kelly Whalen offered a welcome to the group, and then Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and Executive Director of Abby’s House, Stephanie Page spoke briefly on how this donation impacts women and children. The event offered a wonderful opportunity to express thanks and gratitude.
The next week, Abby’s House set up a boutique shopping experience in the multi-purpose room, part of the Annette Rafferty Women’s Empowerment Center. Advocacy staff at Abby’s House set up winter coats on clothing racks by size, arranged a table with gloves, hats, and scarves, and put up a full length mirror. Staff also helped residents and guests by offering suggestions, compliments, and support as they “shopped.”
From start to finish, Abby’s House aims to provide dignity and welcome every woman who enters, living up to the values of hospitality and women’s self-determination. View the photo galleries of the Sheriff’s visit (above) and boutique shopping experience women enjoyed this month.