December Newsletter

Diane Peppler Resource Center

Season's Greetings

Letter from the Director

Betsy Huggett

Season’s Greetings to All!  I can’t believe the holidays are already upon us.  We are 2 months into the new fiscal year and time seems to be flying by.  We are busy with preparations for our upcoming Children’s Christmas Party, Board of Director’s December meeting, and our staff celebration.  In doing all of these things, we keep in the forefront of our minds that there are families who are not together at the holidays and that things are sad at home. We do our best to make sure the holidays here for our in-house clients are safe, happy, and full of hope for the future. We couldn’t do any of these things without your help. 

I would like to take a moment to ponder on some thoughts that always get to me this time of year.  I miss home.  I have lived in the same house for 12 years.  It is my home with my husband and our animals.  But what I miss is the nostalgia of my childhood home.  I miss not falling asleep on Christmas Eve because Santa was coming.  I miss my grandma sleeping on the sofa in our living room, facing the Christmas tree, and telling us kids to “get back in bed” when we would try to sneak a peek at 4:00am.  I miss all of my brothers and me being under the same roof.  I miss my mom and dad saying we can open presents after they have their coffee and then learning to make their coffee to hurry the process.  I miss my cousins coming over to play games. I miss my dad playing his guitar and singing for us. That is Christmas and home for me.  Whenever I hear, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” I always get tears in my eyes. 

The families who stay with us over the holidays do not have home for Christmas.  Our families will forever have Diane Peppler Resource Center as part of their future Christmas stories.  “Do you remember that time we stayed at the shelter for Christmas?” That is going to be part of someone’s forever Christmas memory.  We have the opportunity to show these families the kindness that everyone deserves.  These families are seeking a new normal for themselves.  As they traverse through the difficult days ahead, hopefully they can put the painful days behind them and move forward into a brighter outlook.

We believe in the magic of Christmas.  We believe if you have been good all year, Santa will bring you something special.  We believe that Santa knows where you are, even if you are not at your home.  We need some special people to be Santas for our clients.  If you would like to help be part of someone’s Christmas story of their time at the shelter, please give me a call at (906) 635-0566.  All Santas can apply.


United Way Chili Cook-Off

December 8th, 2017

Come out and support your local EUP United Way and help Diane Peppler Resource Center take home a trophy for Best Chili on December 8th from 4-7pm at the Norris Center. Check out what we come up with for our booth as well since Diane Peppler is reigning champs for 2015 and 2016 with the Best Decorated Booth. 

November In Review

Pre-School Aggressiveness Intervention


Jessica Miles, Violence Prevention Education

To be able to cause a systemic change to our society to stop the cycle of violence then we need to start at a younger age and be persistent with the training throughout the child’s school life. Aggressive behavior is detrimental to a child’s development both socially and emotionally. Aggressive behavior is an instinct that we are taught how to manage. Aggression shows signs as early as infancy to six months in the form of vocally screaming and facial expressions, once the infant can manage motor skills control that is the time when physical aggression out of frustration starts usually between six months to a year. From one year to two years of age the child know starts acting out aggressively to get what they want, i.e. Temper Tantrums which are explosive displays of anger. By the ages of two and three the child is more likely to start hitting, this form of physical aggression usually diminishes between the ages of four and five years old. Usually though when the physical aggression diminishes around that age verbal aggression usually increases with the vocabulary.

 Aggressive behavior shows in many different ways such as; Physical, Verbal, Proactive, Reactive, these are the types of aggressive behavior. Physical aggressive behavior is hitting, pushing, biting, and object throwing. Verbal aggressive behavior could be as using hostile words to threaten, insult, intimidate or even to make another person angry but this is usually followed by a physical aggression. Indirect aggressive behavior is trying to harm another by spreading a rumor, humiliation or exclusion from a group by isolating the victim socially. This form is the most common in adults and is the most complex of aggressive behavior. Proactive is an aggressive behavior without any provoking, this is done as a means to achieve a goal (i.e. grabbing toys from other children), and reactive this is usually like a reaction to something that happened accidentally or non-accidentally (i.e. hitting another due to them taking something from you). These are a few of the aggressive behaviors that are seen in preschool aged children. The aggressive behaviors are a natural instinct but through teaching good social and emotional skills these behaviors will diminish.

Children having good social and emotional skills can lead to better economic stability in the future, more likely to graduate from high school and college, also can make it easier for a child to navigate the ups and downs that come with growing up, and also with these skills will help prevent serious future issue i.e. substance abuse, mental illness, or criminal behavior. Having good social and emotional skills it allows the children the ability to identify their emotions and others emotions, cooperate with others respectfully, express their emotions constructively, to negotiate, reconcile with others after a conflict, and approach others confidently to see if they want to play. These skills are a vital key to bring the cycle of violence to an end. Not only that but research has shown that children who do not learn hope to properly regulate and express emotions has a higher probability for serious issues mentioned prior but also poor academic performance, dropping-out of school, health problems, and difficulties at school. Also through my researching this topic it was found that children that show a stable physical aggression after the age of five are more likely to continue even twenty years later unless intervened prior to the age of five. It was found that interventions are more beneficial at the preschool level but once they get the adolescent level the interventions’ can cause an increase in criminal behavior. There is something that we all can do to help change this dynamic and to help children to navigate their emotions.

Just as Teacher’s in early head start teach the children their emotions their need to be an emphasis on the proper way to handle and deal with those emotions. It is not just the responsibility of the Teacher or the parent but it is the responsibility as an adult to help enforce the proper skills needed to thrive in the world. I hear it all the time while I am in stores and other public areas where the parent is screaming at a screaming child or another person walks by and say not my kid not my problem but it is. As a community we want to be able to get everyone to thrive and be a responsible, respectful member of society. Adults need to intervene to dissuade the aggressive behavior and to support the non-violent behavior. Every adult should be clear about not accepting aggressive behavior and define the consequences of their actions clearly. Some tips for defining consequences would be removal of the child from the surrounding area and talking to the child on their level after a cool off period, by engaging the child to develop their own alternative strategies for non-violent conflict resolution it can help foster a self confidence in the child. Adults/ Community can create programs that may need to include the multiple types of people that could help support a child if need help i.e. Parents, Teachers, and the Children, also for the long-term support if needed through interventions at home, school, and peers. These are some ways that adults can help with interventions. Remember that our future is only as great as the children want it to be and in order to affect a change in the society we need to engage the young as well as continual reiteration of proper use of skills in hopes of ENDING the Cycle of Violence.


Mackinac Minute

Mackinac County Child Protection Roundtable will be hosting free Fab Friday skating at Little Bear this December 15, 22 and 29, January 5 and February 2.  Pizza, pop and skates will be available from 5 pm to 645 pm.  

Girls group will begin again in January. Sign up will be in the Middle School office. The group will meet Mondays during the lunch hour.


Highlight of the Month

In October, a group of ladies from New Horizons Church of Nazarene in Pickford came to the     Resource Center to help with organization of the donations.  We have a three car garage full of    donations, from clothes to household items and furniture.  We appreciate the help these ladies provided.  I would like to thank Ruth Johnson, Penny Kovacs, Louise Stefanski, Margerette Burrows, Sheri Ledy, Jorja Ledy and Halie     Miller for donating their time and energy. It's support like this that helps keep us going.


Thank you to all of the Donors and Volunteers in November!


Suzann James (Bayliss Library)

Pat Sober - Turkey dinner from Super Value for Thanksgiving

Coast Guard helped move furniture

MEA-Retired Region 16 (Retired Teachers)
Sandy & Carolyn Shaw


Happy Hounds Dog Walking

Leanne Frazier

Denise Toner

Jenni Johnson

Beverly Crumley

Alpha Theta Omega-Pledge Class 41


Kay Boyne

Laurie Patterson

Gineene Yates

906 HYPE

Elks Club 552

Barb McKelvie

Juliana Cox

Jaime Bater & Heidi Wilson

Allie Brauley

Janice Lewton

Erin Lahti


Monica Huesing

Caitlyn Turk

Don Corbiere

Jennifer Dibble

Mallory Twietmeyer

Emily Pentecost

Bridget Akre

Cheyenne Shotwell

Erin Yates


If you are in need of support, there are local support group options that you are more than welcome to attend.  If you have questions about locations, times, or topics of discussion please call the Diane Peppler Resource Center.

Chippewa County

Domestic Violence Group

Every Thursday



Sexual Violence Group

Every Tuesday



Outreach Offices

Mackinac County

Walk in anytime



246 Ferry Lane

St. Ignace MI



Luce County

Walk in anytime



407 W. Harrie St.

Newberry MI


Diane Peppler Resource Center

P.O. Box 698

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

(906) 635-0566