‘Women Who Dare’ accomplishes much
Through the years women with a dream have used hard work, their skills or talents, coupled with passion, courage and creativity to see their vision become reality.
Five years ago three women here had a dream: to give victims of domestic violence and sexual assault ‘ most of whom are females ‘ a more private setting to go to for a necessary exam in hopes of making them feel more comfortable and less violated all over again.
Pam Davis, Cheryl Hillenburg and Lola Ratterman’s RAPE Treatment Center in Milltown later expanded its services to become a child advocacy center. The name of the center, which serves victims from Harrison, Crawford, Orange, Perry, Spencer and Dubois counties, was changed to Comfort House.
Unfortunately, the facility has been used. Since 2002, 260 patients have been seen there.
Because it takes money to operate the Comfort House, its board of directors and staff also have the task of coming up with the operating income.
Last month, they hosted a Women Who Dare Celebration Brunch that was not only well attended but was a wonderful experience for those who were there.
The Family Life Center of Unity Chapel United Methodist Church south of Ramsey had an elegant, yet festive atmosphere, thanks to Elaine Bell’s decorating skills, and the buffet spread by Joyce Oglesby. Margie Drake was in charge of gathering items for a silent auction, which had an array of items. And the women were treated to a delightful monologue by Angela Bartley, who portrayed Rosie the Riveter.
If you didn’t attend the Women Who Dare brunch, it’s not too late to help them carry on their dream. Contributions, which are tax deductible, can be sent to Comfort House, P.O. Box 125, Milltown, IN 47145.
You might be helping someone you know.