February Newsletter

Diane Peppler Resource Center

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner everyone’s focus is on their relationship and spending time together. Even the teens are focusing on their relationship or being in a relationship, which gets me thinking about their knowledge about what a healthy relationship is and is not.

When I think about what a healthy relationship is, the first thing that comes to my mind is a mutual respect for each other, which is feeling that my opinion is important and that both partners are valued for their differences. Another sign of a healthy relationship is that there is open, honest, safe communication between the partners. This would be by being able to air your dislikes and grievances with them being heard by the other partner, compromise between both partners, and being able to problem solve without the fear of retaliation.  YES, that means besides texting, messaging and snapchatting you should be able to put down the phone and actually converse using your own voice. In a healthy relationship you are free to be yourself, have your own friends and interests, and respect each other’s privacy. In a healthy relationship with respect, the partners aren’t forced to give the other passwords or to keep their phone unlocked at all times. In a healthy relationship both partners have their own goals that they are working towards and both partners are supportive of each other.  Knowing just these few signs can help builds to a healthy relationship but no relationship is perfect. There will be arguments that happen, but being able to talk helps come to a compromise where both partners feel that they were heard and valued.

Here are some signs of an unhealthy relationship: if you are not allowed to talk to friends, if you are afraid to tell your partner that you are upset and why you are upset, when the relationship gets physically aggressive, etc. Emotional abuse can be difficult to identify. This type of abuse can have signs like being called names, made to feel like everything is your fault, that you’re not good enough, or that no one but your partner loves you.

Even healthy relationships could experience ups and downs but with mutual respect, healthy communications skills, and being on the same page, it will help grow, mature, and draw both partners closer together through good and bad.  Being open to discuss relationships with your teen could make all the difference.


Alpha Kappa Chi Sorority!

Thank you for your donation of your time and funds raised ($1500.00). We would also like to thank you for allowing us to be your philanthropic agency.  We have been connected for quite some time and we look forward to continuing collaboration with you in the future.


Survivor Photo Campaign

Diane Pepper Resource Center is looking for individuals that are willing to be part of a photo awareness campaign focused on highlighting the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault. The individuals we are looking for would be willing to take two photos. The first photo would contain the individual holding a sign with a statement of what happened or emotions associated with their situation. The second photo would have the individual sharing a statement of how they are overcoming the situation. There will also be a group photo at the end with all of the         survivors. For more Information please call the Diane Peppler Resource Center at (906) 635-0566 and ask for Jennifer Dibble.


What To Do...

What do I do if a friend tells me that he or she is in an abusive relationship?

If your friend talks to you about his or her abuse, you can help by:

  • listening without judging or blaming
  • telling your friend that you believe him or her
  • telling your friend that it is NOT his or her fault
  • telling your friend that you are always there to listen if he or she wants to talk about it
  • reminding your friend of all the friends and family who care about him or her
  • letting your friend know that you are worried about his or her safety
  • telling your friend that you want to help him or her talk to a parent/guardian or other trusted adult right away
  • offering to go with your friend to talk to an adult
  • helping your friend make a safety plan (See the question "How do I get out of an unhealthy or abusive relationship?" above for tips on making a safety plan.)

sharing the number of Diane Peppler Resource Center 24/7 Hotline: (800) 882-1515.

Be sure not to take this on alone. Talk with a trusted adult, such as a school counselor, about how to help your friend.

Find more tips on healthy teen relationships like the one above by going to www.girlshealth.gov



April 15, 2018

Annual Dolly & Me High Tea

Be watching soon for ticket sales to begin!


(Above) Volunteer Coordinator Bridget Akre and volunteers worked the t-shirt booth at the White Out Domestic Violence hockey game at LSSU on January 12th.


(Right) Board member Mark Wilk came in to spend some time with the staff and get everyone up-to-date on CPR training.  We appreciate him taking the time to make sure we are prepared in a crisis situation.


Aaron from Superior Café made a donation of hats, mittens, and snuggly stuffed animals for those receiving our services!


Walmart store manager, Andrea pictured with Betsy Huggett after  receiving the Walmart Community Grant.


(Below) Cassidee Retzloff  came in to refresh the staff on their QPR training for dealing with suicidal individuals.


(Above)  At the White Out Violence hockey game, community members shared their #whatwereyouwearing campaign clothing. This campaign works to break the stereotypes surrounding clothing being the cause of their sexual assaults.


Luce County Corner

Respect Week is Coming to Tahquamenon!

             February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! At Diane Peppler Resource Center, we believe all relationships (friendships, dating, family, peers, etc.,) should have a foundation of respect. We believe that through educating and promoting respect, we can prevent violence amongst teens. It is because of our beliefs that we are extremely grateful, and excited to kick off Respect Week at Tahquamenon Area Schools!

Respect Week is a week-long event; to be celebrated like a spirit week. It will take place alongside National Respect Week, from February 12th to February 16th.  Every day, we will have an information booth set up for students.  At the booth, we will have games, activities, and handouts to educate students about healthy relationships.  Through Respect Week, we hope to empower and inspire students and staff to creatively encourage positive interactions within the school.  Through interactive learning, students will be engaging in activities that will teach them about setting healthy boundaries, self-love and respect, recognizing red flags for unhealthy interactions, conflict resolution skills, and many other things! On Friday, February 16th, we will be doing presentations alongside the Luce County Prosecuting Attorney, Josh Freed. The presentations will cover a range of topics from healthy relationships, safe technology use, and consent.

We Invite You To Join Us! On February 14th, we are wearing orange to promote awareness for respectful relationships! To join our conversation, take a picture of yourself and friends wearing your orange, and tag it on our Sexual       Violence Prevention Team Facebook Page! (https://www.facebook.com/SVPTeamEUP/) You can also tag your picture to Diane Peppler Resource Center’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/dprcenter/)! Use #orange4respect to join our conversation on Twitter - @DPRC_Shelter Wearing orange can be as simple as a hair tie, nail polish, or ribbon!

You Can Do Your Part! This year’s Respect Week theme is “Hands Unite!” We invite you to heal, love, and share the power your hands have to lift others! On Thursday, we are signing a pledge to promote positive interactions, and creating a “These Hands Don’t Hurt” mural.  You can come up with your own activity, and tag us on our social media pages using #handsunite18!

Stay tuned on our Facebook page for more updates on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and Respect Week!  For additional information and/or resources, please call 906-293-4853, or 906-635-0566.


We always appreciate donations and are thankful for everyone who helps us out! Currently the things we are most in need of are:

> Mattresses and box springs

> Bed frames

> Dining room tables and chairs

> Cleaning products

> Pillows

> Hangers

> Hair Conditioner

> Toilet Paper

> Paper Towel

> Bath towels, wash clothes

> Blankets

> Kitchen utensils

> Dishes and cups


If you are not able to donate items but want to help out, we also take PayPal payments!


Human Trafficking Awareness Event Review

The week of January 22nd, the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force presented informational trainings at several universities and community locations across the UP.  Over 800 people attended the sessions.  We consider this a huge success. 

Here in the EUP, Special Agent Todd Wilton of Homeland Security Investigations, provided the training at the LSSU campus and Bay Mills Casino Horizon Conference Center.  He talked part about what medical professionals in the community can do to identify human trafficking victims.  He then talked about risk and protective factors that put our young people at risk of becoming victims.  Special Agent Wilton then traveled across the UP and delivered to message to Bay College in Escanaba, Bay West in Iron Mountain, Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan Technical University in Houghton, Ojibway Community College in L’Anse, and Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

We couldn’t be prouder of the job he did helping to raise awareness for human trafficking in our communities.


Diane Peppler Resource Center

P.O. Box 698

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

(906) 635-0566



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