COVID-19: An entire community responds
Covid-19 is impacting lives at every level of our community. To help support survivors and others, we are sharing community resources and information regularly–like this list of food pantries and meal sites. Follow our Facebook page for updates.
Contact the United Way’s 2-1-1 resource line for the most up-to-date information on food pantries and meal services as well as program and service updates for numerous community organizations.
Walk-In Available By Appointment– reach out by chat, text, or phone
Under Executive Order 2020-21, EWP is deemed an essential service, but we are limiting our social exposure in accordance with public health recommendations. As a result, the administrative offices and walk-in services are currently by appointment only.
- For a walk-in appointment, contact us by text at (231) 468-6060 or chat, or contact our crisis line at (231) 722-3333
- For an administrative appointment (donations of food or supplies only), contact us in advance using our temporary COVID-19 office line at 231-267-4458
Information and instructions to obtain a Personal Protection Order during Shelter-in-Place
EWP will continue to support survivors with legal advocacy (obtaining Personal Protection Orders) during the shelter-in-place order issued on 3/23/20.
Forms are available in the vestibule of the Kobza Hall of Justice at 990 Terrace St., Muskegon, or you can complete the form online here. Reach our Legal Advocates for help with your form by chat or by texting (231) 468-6060. For after-hours or emergency support, always call our 24/7 crisis line at (231) 722-3333.
Completed forms can be submitted in any of these ways:
- Postal Mail- Attention: 3rd Floor PPO Clerk, Hall of Justice, 990 Terrace St., Muskegon MI 49442
- Drop Box- Located at the Kobza Hall of Justice, 990 Terrace St.
Cheers & Chocolate 2020
With true regret, EWP is announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Cheers & Chocolate event on April 18 in response to the ongoing novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.
Every Woman’s Place (EWP) and the Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM) are both extremely disappointed to have to make this cancellation, though all involved recognize that it is paramount that we protect the health and safety of the CIM student chefs and their instructors, our potential event guests, and our EWP staff and event volunteers.
COVID-19 | 3-18-20 |11:35 am
In response to COVID-19 closures, a new process is now in place for those seeking a personal protection order (PPO). Those who wish to request a PPO need to mail petitions to:
14th Circuit Court, 990 Terrace St., Muskegon, MI 49442
The petition should include details about specific incidents that support a claim for a PPO. Those include dates and locations when the petitioner felt threatened. The petitioner also should detail the types of protections sought: no phone contact, no personal contact, no written communications or even keeping the respondent a specific distance away.
Read the full MLive article here regarding recent updates to court processes during COVID-19.
EWP Keeps Services Active, Expands Outreach at a Challenging Time
Every Woman’s Place will continue providing comprehensive services to individuals in the community. To accommodate survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking, EWP has launched two new communication tools to help survivors reach us for the services they need.
A secure and confidential online chat feature tied to our website is now active and Victim Advocates are available during our usual Walk-In service hours. Texting by phone is also available at 231-468-6060 when survivors cannot access the internet–either when internet is not available, or when it’s not safe for them to do so.
These tools have been launched at a time when COVID-19 has made in-person consultation a challenge, though they will remain a valuable way for those who need our services to reach us going forward.
EWP’s walk-in, chat, and phone texting hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our main line is (231) 759-7909 for general questions about services 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
EWP’s 24-hour Crisis Line is (231) 722-3333.
You will not be denied services because you exhibit signs or have tested positive for COVID-19. If you need services and you exhibit signs of COVID-19, such as coughing, shortness of breath or a fever, please inform EWP staff and request a mask upon arrival. Our mission remains the same–to strengthen lives in the community by providing shelter, counseling, and advocacy primarily for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking.
COVID-19 | 3-16-20 | 3:45 pm
The EWP satellite location in Whitehall/Montague is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. EWP is here for survivors. If you need services for domestic violence, sexual assault, or sex trafficking, please access our ongoing Walk-In Services at the EWP main location at 1221 W. Laketon Ave. M-F 9:00 am -8:00 pm. Please contact (231) 759-7909 with questions or concerns.
COVID-19 | 3-13-20 | 2:30 pm
Due the closure of the Muskegon County Court Building from March 16 to April 6, Every Woman’s Place (EWP) will be unable to assist survivors in obtaining personal protection orders or no-contact orders during this time. We will continue to have advocates available at our main location, 1221 W. Laketon, to assist victims and survivors who may need additional resources and support to assure their safety. Anyone who is unable to get to this location or who needs assistance outside of normal business hours may call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 231-722-3333.
COVID-19 | 3-13-20 | 12:30 pm
The “Power of the Feminine” art exhibition reception scheduled for the evening of March 13 is postponed. City Center Arts (CCA) will be open during CCA’s business hours. A featured artist reception on April 3, 2020 is planned. City Center Arts will still contribute 10% of sales to EWP through the entire month of this exhibition.
COVID-19 | 3-13-20 | 10:00 am
The EWP satellite location in Muskegon Heights is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. EWP is here for survivors. If you need services for domestic violence, sexual assault, or sex trafficking, please access our ongoing Walk-In Services at the EWP main location at 1221 W. Laketon Ave. M-F 9:00 am -8:00 pm. Please contact (231) 759-7909 with questions or concerns.
COVID-19 |3-12-20 | 4:30 pm
In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want to reassure our community that EWP is monitoring the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the virus. We are following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations to protect our clients and staff from the virus and are monitoring the situation in our community. We are and will continue to take all precautions recommended by these authorities.
We will provide timely updates on changes to scheduled counseling groups, planned events, and office hours at our satellite locations.
Every Woman’s Place (EWP) is devoted to providing services to all survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human sex trafficking, in a safe, supportive environment.
EWP is committed to our mission to strengthen lives in the community by providing shelter, counseling, and advocacy for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Please address any questions or concerns to Kim Dimmett, Executive Director, (231) 759-7909.
EWP Opens Satellite Locations
Those in our community who need victim advocacy, counseling, and resources can now reach out and connect to help in the Muskegon Heights and White Lake areas.
The exact location of our satellite offices will be provided to survivors who call our office for details and will not be announced publicly.
Cheers Ticket Drawing
Here’s your chance to be entered into our drawing for four (4) Cheers & Chocolate tickets for the event on April 18….one lucky winner will be drawn on April 1, 2020. Simply enter your contact information at bit.ly/cheers-ticket-draw by midnight on March 31. #Cheers!
Family Fun Night to benefit EWP
Family Financial Credit Union (FFCU) has selected EWP as their Annual Charity! We are grateful and excited to be selected and to benefit from funds raised through the upcoming Family Fun Night at Norton Pines Athletic Club on Febuary 14, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Bring your entire family out to enjoy swimming, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, an open gym and snack bar. Get more details on the facility and its amenities by calling Norton Pines Athletic Club at (231) 865-6911. You can find out more information on the event and the event organizer, FFCU, at 231.332.5133.
Admission is $20/Family (2 adults+3 kids max) , or $15/Couple (1 adult+1 child), or $12 for Individual entry. Parents must be present the entire time; no drop-offs will be allowed.
Cheers and Chocolate is April 18
Online sales for Cheers and Chocolate 2020 tickets will open February 6 at 8:00 am on Eventbrite. Visit bit.ly/cheers-2020 to purchase yours!
You can also buy a ticket in person at the EWP office Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm beginning Monday February 10.
Your Cheers and Chocolate admission includes tastings of wine, beer, & spirits paired with delectable hors d’oeuvres, as well as desserts and chocolates. Guests leave the evening with a commemorative wine glass and can purchase boxed chocolates featuring the flavors of the evening.
Guests must be 21 years of age or older and provide picture ID at the event.
Cheers Sponsorships available!
We count on your support to do the work that changes the lives of those in our community affected by abuse, assault, and violence.
Please commit today to be a sponsor for Cheers and Chocolate 2020 and save the date—April 18, 2020.
Contact Elisa Hopper, Director of Development, at (231) 759-7909 X 267 or e-mail at email@example.com for additional details.
Domestic violence can impact survivors’ work, finances
Anya van Wagtendonk of MLive spoke with Executive Director Kim Dimmett to explore the national and local statistics that point out the economic obstacles for survivors of domestic violence, and the strategies the agency is undertaking to meet the needs of survivors from the moment of immediate crisis and beyond, as they move forward to self-sufficiency.
Read the full article here.
Human Trafficking: A Community Response
Every Woman’s Place (EWP) will serve on a panel discussion that will shine a light on the threat that human trafficking poses to West Michigan. This free community forum will feature lived experience presenter Ruth Rondon and human trafficking healthcare trainer Brenda Nordstrom, DNP, RN_BC, along with a panel of experts who are responding every day to the trauma experienced by victims and survivors of labor and sex trafficking and to the repercussions of this crime in our community.
January 30, 2020 | Folkert Community Hub |Doors open 5:15 pm
Free tickets for this community forum available on eventbrite.com
Share the flyer here.
EWP’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Domestic Assault Response Team (DART) will respond on-site domestic violence, sexual assault, and human sex trafficking incidents, providing trauma-informed advocacy and support. Crisis responders can call the EWP crisis line at (231) 722-3333 to receive SART and DART services–we respond 24/7 to secured locations.
For more information on the SART initiative in Muskegon County, contact Sarah de la Rosa, EWP SART Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Impact Report for EWP
View the 2019 Impact Report and Fund Report here.
‘We need to start talking about it’: Domestic violence is hurting Muskegon. But help is here—and it’s growing.
EWP Welcomes New Director
Following a national search, Every Woman’s Place, Inc. is pleased to announce that a new Executive Director will assume that leadership role on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Kimberly Dimmett has worked in several capacities at the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County in Texas. Previous employment experiences in the non-profit and government sectors have given her preparation needed to lead Every Woman’s Place.
Every Woman’s Place, founded in 1975 and currently located at 1221 W. Laketon Avenue in Muskegon, Michgan, provides services to strengthen individuals’ lives by providing shelter, counseling and advocacy for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking. In her new role, Ms. Dimmett will represent the agency in the community as well as provide leadership to a staff of thirty to ensure the agency’s success.
Since Lori Rasmussen, the agency’s previous Executive Director, left EWP to pursue other employment opportunities, the agency has been ably led by Interim Executive Director, Penny Englerth, who served as Executive Director for many years at the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons/Michigan State Medical Society, in East Lansing, Michigan.