Winter 2023 Newsletter

As you may know, WISE has been working on plans for a new shelter. The shelter we are using now is over 100 years old and has outlived its useful life. We looked into renovating the current shelter in 2016 and it was estimated that it would cost $660,000. Even if we were to renovate,…

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Spring 2023 Newsletter

WISE is currently working on building a new temporary emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking. The WISE shelter is over 100 years old and has infrastructure issues that can’t be fixed, so WISE and its Board of Directors have decided that the best solution is to rebuild. We…

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Spring 2022 Newsletter

If you’ve known WISE for a while, you may remember our previous branding. The previous branding was targeted to mainly women, as the brand was called WISE Women’s Information Service, Inc. Over time, we have found that we help a wide range of individuals from many different backgrounds, regardless of gender. We wanted our rebrand…

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Winter 2022 Newsletter

Support from our community donors, business’, volunteers, organizations allows us to continue our work in serving those in need of help. We wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do without your help. Here are some of the recent highlights from the last few months…

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Spring 2021 Newsletter

Sexual Assault Awareness month is observed nationally during April. This annual reminder is to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate our communities on how to prevent this abuse. Our agency helps to empower individuals so they can escape from the harm they are facing and move forward.

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Fall 2020 Newsletter

The impact by COVID-19 has affected so many and adjusting safety protocols for communal living within a shelter has brought its challenges too. During these last several months our amazing staff continues to provide advocacy and safety to our clients, just in new, safe, and different ways.

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Spring 2020 Newsletter

Thank you Fabulous Finds Supporters / Volunteers….. Fabulous Finds Resale Store closed its doors at the end of the January, after 22 years of service to the community and clients of WISE. The store, which was owned and operated by Women’s Information Services Inc. (WISE), opened Oct. 2, 1997. Located in downtown Big Rapids it…

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Fall 2019 Newsletter

Over the last several months we have had three fundraising events as well as activities during the recent Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our agency depends on many areas of support to help us serve survivors within our three counties. All donations and support allow us to offer guidance and advocacy to our clients and keep…

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Summer 2019 Newsletter

In April, patrons were entertained with a murder mystery, “Murder at the Pie Auction”! This play, by Michael Druce was about a fundraising effort in a small town of Mynute Alaska and the famous Mother Mabel Pie Baking competition with a pie auction. Just hours before the competition, the pie judge (played by Joe May)…

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Spring 2019 Newsletter

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month…. Sexual assault awareness month is an important time at WISE. We are organizing events, and sending staff around the community and collaborating with Ferris State University to bring awareness and teach prevention during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual Assault Awareness Month began back in the 1970’s as Take Back…

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