Zonta Pinellas Club Members Meet with Erica Wiedemann

Erica Wiedemann, Executive Director of the Haven of RCS and Donna Lancaster, Zonta Pinellas Club President
Erica Wiedemann, Executive Director of the Haven of RCS and Donna Lancaster, Zonta Club Pinellas President

Zonta Club Pinellas members were happy to host Erica Wiedemann, Executive Director of The Haven of RCS, our domestic violence shelter program in Clearwater, at our September Club meeting.

Erica explained the work they do to provide emergency and extended residential services for victims of domestic violence.  Their Safe House has room for 36 residents for up to 45 days.  They also have an eleven unit complex where families may stay for up to two years.

Erica encouraged Zonta members to come to the Haven’s annual fundraising luncheon on October 23 at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church at 409 Old Coachman Road.  Our table is reserved for us.  Erica left with “Zonta assistants” helping her carry the toddler diapers and wipes we had collected for Haven families.

She also came with a calendar of events for 2015, many of which Zonta Club Pinellas members will support with donations and assistance. Thank you, Erica, for coming to our Club and your enthusiastic leadership to help families hurt by violence in the home.

Calendar of Events for The Haven of RCS

January 2015–Back to School Supplies Needed

March 11-13, 2015–CORE Training, Outreach Center

April 16, 2015–Fashion Show Fundraiser with Patchington and Mary Kay, Chapel by the Sea

May 10, 2015–Mother’s Day (gifts cards needed for Moms)

TBD (Spring 2015) Sunshine & Soul Benefit event

June 10-12, 2015–CORE Training, Outreach Center

July 4, 2015–Independence Day Cook Out (food, drinks needed for families)

August 2015–Back to School Supplies Needed

October 2015–Domestic Violence Awareness Month & Annual Faces of DV Luncheon, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Clearwater

Thanksgiving–Turkeys and side dishes needed for families

November-December 2015–Adopt a Family Holiday Drive

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Paulette Kevlin earns smiles and pats on each shoulder for bringing guests to the September Club meeting.  Way to go, Paulette!

Paulette Kevlin and Guest Dee Streb
Paulette Kevlin and Guest Dee Streb