Winter 2019 Quarterly Newsletter

From the Director

I am pretty excited for this year we are in!  It’s our 40th Anniversary of the Diane Peppler Resource Center!  There are some pretty exciting things planned for this year, such as our 40th Anniversary Gala on September 21st.  It will be 18 months in the making. Be looking for tickets to go on sale at the Kewadin Box Office here in the Sault.  Mark your calendar and we hope to see you there. 

So how did we make it for 40 years in this business?  How did we even get started?  Who is responsible for making this agency’s philosophy and mission a success?  I can tell you the list is long.  The people, like Liz Foley and Diane Peppler, who had the vision and the tenacity to not give up on being able to provide safety for the victims of domestic violence were the ring leaders.  Doreen Howson and Kathy Smithers put in the blood, sweat, and tears for 3 decades of service!  The funders through the now known Division of Victim Services (formerly Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board-MDSVPTB) have been immeasurably supportive in engaging our agency and offering the guidelines for successful management of programs. Without all of these pioneers, we would not be here today. 

These amazing women championed the cause that many were hiding away in secret, not thinking that anyone cared about their fear, their abuse, their terror, their children…  But someone did care.  In the 1980s, funding was made available through a law enforcement grant.  This funding is what allowed us the opportunity to open a home that supported homeless survivors of domestic violence.  We couldn’t be where we are today without their involvement. 

In 1994, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act and along with it came the necessary long term funding streams that are still available today.  It has mainly passed on its own merit as it comes up for renewal.  This past year, 2018, the Violence Against Women Act is sitting dormant due to the government shut down. It expired on December 31, 2018. We are anxiously awaiting an end to the federal government shutdown to see what the next course of action is.

Through it all, we remain steadfast in our belief of victims, in our support of their pain, and in always following our motto, “Our Door is always Open!”  We may need some help in doing just that.  In the meantime, we will keep helping these clients, one day at a time, for the next 40+ years…

Legal Advocacy – Addressing Misconceptions

For some people when they hear the words “Legal Advocate”, they instantly think, “This person can help me with my legal questions for free!”  This may come as a shock for some, but guess what Legal Advocates cannot do?  Give legal advice. Unauthorized practice of law can get both the Advocate and the Program/Agency the Advocate works for in trouble.  The unauthorized practice of law can be defined as, “The rendition of services that call for the professional judgment of a lawyer.” How is legal advice different from legal information?  Legal advice is recommendation based on the interpretation of a law. Legal information is stating facts, without giving recommendations of a law. Some of the consequences of giving legal advice can be: criminal prosecution, civil injunctions, and restitution. It can also potentially give a domestic violence/sexual assault perpetrator to have grounds for an appeal.  Not something any Advocate or Program/Agency wants to happen!

As the Legal Advocate at the Diane Peppler Resource Center, I can assist Victims with: filing a personal protection order, being a support for them while they go through the justice system, accompany/go in place of to court hearings and any court proceedings. As an Advocate I would love to have the answers for every Victim I assist, but that is not something I can provide. I can, however, provide referrals to attorneys that can help you out with your questions. If you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, and need legal advocacy, please don’t hesitate to contact me at You can also look online at for assistance with self-help toolkits/guides pertaining to an array of topics, including divorce, and custody.  – Adrianna Gunderson,
Legal Advocate


Sexual Assault Response Teams

As of January 1, 2019, DPRC was awarded a grant that has allowed for a SART Coordinator position for Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties. The SART is a coordinated community response to reported sexual assaults that looks to address any gaps in services and ensure proper protocol is followed by responding agencies. Members of the SART include local law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, healthcare professionals, advocacy and human services agencies, and other area service providers that may be needed to assist victims of sexual assault. The SARTs for all three counties will serve adult and adolescent sexual assault victims.

The SART coordinator position will be responsible for getting all the players to the table that should be involved in the SART and taking a lead role in the creation and implementation of the policies and protocols. There will also be a focus on educational interventions to address the needs of survivors of sexual assault in a trauma-informed manner. These educational opportunities will be available to those who are directly involved in the response to a sexual assault including law enforcement, medical professionals, child protective services, emergency dispatchers and others. To get more information on the Sexual Assault Response Teams or to request trainings, please contact Erin Yates via phone at 906-635-0566 or email

White Out the Violence Laker Hockey Campaign!

Executive Director, Betsy Huggett, pictured with Congressman, Jack Bergman, Board Member, Francene Barbro, and Mark Meiners - enjoying a night of hockey, and community awareness!

Thank You, Pullar!

Awesome new advertising at the Pullar Stadium

Welcome New Staff!

Julie Barber, Crisis Counselor— I am a part-time employee with DPRC, working Mondays and Fridays. I am a fully
licensed MSW and have the CAACD credential as well (Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor). I have worked primarily in Chippewa County for the last 28 years and occasionally in Mackinac County. My areas of expertise include: Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring counseling; Trauma-Informed care; Group Therapy with DV offenders, sexual offenders and for substance abuse; EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. Likewise, I use CBT and REBT, Rogerian, Solution Focused and Narrative therapies frequently. I have worked in private practice, schools, jails, the Sault Tribe and for various non-profit agencies. I was a volunteer for the DPRC in the late 90's when I served as a House Manager. With my current position I hope to serve as a source of healing and inspiration for victims of DV so they can reach their potentials. 

My husband and I have three adult children and four grandchildren. I am a member of the Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary Club where I participate in many volunteer activities to make our community and world better by meeting unmet needs. I enjoy bike riding, gardening (vegies and flowers), cooking and baking, hot rods, comedy, singing, theatre and writing. 

Stephanie Uhlmann, Volunteer Coordinator—  I am the Volunteer Coordinator at the Diane Peppler Resource Center. I make connections in the community while looking for new volunteers for the shelter. I train incoming volunteers and interns, along with planning some of our events that we have throughout the year. I went to LSSU and received my bachelor’s in Political Science and am currently working towards my Master’s in Communications and Public Relations. I have always enjoyed working for non-profits, and Diane Peppler Resource Center‘s mission is something I am passionate about which is what lead me to finding a job here. Outside of work, I enjoy acting or being on-stage crew for various theatre performances throughout the year. I also enjoy reading and spending time with my fur-babies.


Small Changes to Challenge the Status Quo

Many people understand that violence is wrong but still seem to accept some. For example, media coverage only highlights the worst things that will catch the attention of the viewers. Television shows have a PG-13 rating but have normalized female nudity. Video games have been created where violence is the main objective.  There is also an abundance of hit songs that are extremely violent. The current culture we live in has desensitized our youth to violence. More and more we are seeing our youth getting in trouble with the law for stalking, cyberbullying, and sexting (sexually explicit texts, photos clothed or unclothed, or lude acts). These issues have led to a number of problems, including a rise in youths attempting suicide in the country.  Many youths are unaware of the consequences of their actions, which cause some to unintentionally become perpetrators of violence. Through small changes in education we can help prevent violence. Accomplishing this goal has many challenges, but there is hope. Through continual education on social/emotional skills, we can have an impact on how youth view violence.

As the Violence Prevention Educator, using innovative ways to change societal norms, I recognize the need for primary prevention. Prevention education to teach the youth those social/emotional skills. We need to teach kids as young as preschool about consent, respect, coercion, healthy relationships; and continue that education through their school years. Our Violence Prevention Team offers educational conversations that are age-appropriate and facilitate an open, and honest dialogue.  We also attempt to correct misconceptions students may have. One of our goals is to prevent the causes of violence through education, awareness, training, and policy implementation. Doing this is not a “one person” job. The African proverb that translates to “It takes a village to raise a child” rings true. If we want our youth to live and thrive in a culture that does not accept violence as its norm, we need everyone on board. Here are some suggestions of how some roles can play their part:

Teachers can educate their students with knowledge and skills to handle social/emotional issues that arise in their lives.  Teachers can also attend free trainings offered by myself and the SVP Team that address these current issues.

Principals can help by allowing organizations to educate students and teachers on the social/emotional skills needed for life, and for creating a safe environment.

School boards and administrators can develop, implement, and update school policies addressing issues such as sexual harassment/assault, dating violence, bullying, cyber-bullying, stalking, etc.

Communities can help by looking out for one another and leading by example.  People can also participate in creating safe neighborhood systems.

Law enforcement can assist by forming and sitting on task forces used to address these issues within our community.

Law makers having stricter laws against people that perpetrate violence

All community organizations, citizens, and businesses can come together to make our community one that people know is not accepting of any form of violence.

One of the biggest challenges that I have faced is getting everyone to the table; with the focus on what is in the best interest of the youth in the community. As the facilitator for the Sexual Violence Prevention Team of the EUP, I want to extend an invitation to anyone that would like to help. We are pursuing the goal of a community that is well-connected, looks out for one another, and is a safer place to live for ourselves, and our children. Many children can’t wait to graduate from school so they can leave this town where they feel unsafe, not cared for, or not listened to. By working together and listening to our youth we can have a thriving community and bring in other businesses that will only help our community thrive. I know that the topics that we discuss are not easy to discuss and can make people uncomfortable. I get it; however, nothing will change unless it is challenged. Violence thrives when people do nothing, say nothing, and pretend it isn’t happening. Let’s be a community that is committed to preventing violence by working together for the future of our youth!  - Jessica Miles, Violence Prevention Educator


January Awareness

How To Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Human Trafficking

"Did you know that approximately 20.9 million people throughout the globe have lost their freedom to human trafficking?

According to Polaris, the International Labor Organization confirmed that 68% of victims were coerced into labor, 55% of victims were female, and 26% of them were mere kids. The International Labor Organization also confirmed human trafficking as a $150 billion industry globally.

You can break the cycle of human trafficking today. Report suspicious behavior to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Combating trafficking would be easier if perpetrators fit into a specific stereotype, but they don't. In fact, this type of evil could be present anywhere in your community, including schools, malls, food shelters, theaters, and neighborhood gangs. Traffickers even use social media to lure vulnerable teenagers.

Using discernment and following your instincts goes a long way when spotting a trafficker, as they may not always appear marauding. Even though some traffickers, like gangs, use violence, others are sneakier. They may use emotional triggers, drugs, or money to reel in their victims.

Traffickers may be male or female, young or old. They could pose as a friendly woman in a mall with the hope of luring and kidnapping other women. This usually occurs when a woman goes to a restroom unaccompanied. The perpetrator then renders the unsuspecting victim unconscious, dumps and covers them in a shopping cart, and wheels them off to an accomplice waiting nearby.

Emotional enticement occurs when a trafficker forms a close emotional tie with a vulnerable youth, making them think they are loved. But in reality, any form of emotional security is just bait. These types are especially common on social media, where traffickers develop “relationships” with victims and later coerce them into prostitution, pornography, or forced labor.

Protecting Yourself And Your Family

Always be aware of your children's social media activity and who they are hanging out with. Encourage them to discuss any suspicious online requests they may have had, or any shady character who has interacted with them online. Advise them to change the privacy settings on their social media accounts to private. This way, traffickers are unable to trace your child's whereabouts.

Many victims come from troubled homes and have chosen a life on the streets. Always strive to resolve any issues with your children and give them lots of love and support, so they don't seek it from unknown third parties.

For the sake of personal safety, try not walk around unaccompanied in shopping complexes or movie theaters, especially when you need to use the restroom. The same applies to your children.

If you or your child has a drug problem, seek help immediately, as traffickers use addictive substances as bait.

Always encourage your children to go out in groups, and never leave young children unattended at airports or public spaces like playgrounds.

Don't compromise your safety. Before you let anyone into your life, conduct a public records search on them via TruthFinder, With one search, you could uncover a person's criminal records, aliases, and criminal accomplices, when available.

It might just save you or someone you love from becoming a victim."

By Melanie Fourie; article found at:


Stalking Awareness and Help for Victim

“While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time. You are not to blame for a stalker's behavior.

Some things stalkers do:

Follow you and show up wherever you are.

Send unwanted gifts, letters, cards, or e-mails.

Damage your home, car, or other property.

Monitor your phone calls or computer use.

Use technology, like hidden cameras or global positioning systems (GPS), to track where you go.

Drive by or hang out at your home, school, or work.

Threaten to hurt you, your family, friends, or pets.

Find out about you by using public records or online search services, hiring investigators, going through your garbage, or contacting friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers.

Posting information or spreading rumors about you on the Internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.

Other actions that control, track, or frighten you.

If you are being stalked, you may:

Feel fear of what the stalker will do.

Feel vulnerable, unsafe, and not know who to trust.

Feel anxious, irritable, impatient, or on edge.

Feel depressed, hopeless, overwhelmed, tearful, or angry.

Feel stressed, including having trouble concentrating and sleeping.

Have eating problems, such as appetite loss, or overeating.

Have flashbacks, disturbing thoughts, feelings, or memories.

Feel confused, frustrated, or isolated because other people don't understand why you are afraid.

Help for Victims

Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, yet you can take steps to increase your safety.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Trust your instincts. Don't downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.

Take threats seriously. Danger generally is higher when the stalker

talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.

Develop a safety plan.

Don't communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.

Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker follows you or contacts you, write down the time, date, and place. Keep emails, text messages, phone messages, letters, or notes. Photograph anything of

yours the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes. Ask witnesses to write down what they saw. Keep a stalking incident log/journal, or just make notes on a calendar.

Contact the police. Every state has stalking laws. The stalker may also have broken other laws by doing things like assaulting you or stealing or destroying your property.

Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.

Tell family, friends, roommates, and co-workers about the stalking and seek their support.

Tell security staff at your job or school. Ask them to help watch out for your safety.

If someone you know is being stalked:


Show support.

Don't blame the victim for the crime.

Find someone you can talk to about the situation.

Take steps to ensure your own safety.”

If you need immediate assistance, call Diane Peppler Resource Center at 1-800-882-1515 where an advocate can help you today. If you would like to fill out a Personal Protection Order, see the next page on tips for filling out the paperwork, and filing it. One of our advocates can also assist with this, and creating a safety plan.

*Original article information taken from: and


Upcoming Events & Awareness Save the Dates!

You're invited!

Diane Peppler Resource Center is excited to announce that the 2019 Dolly and Me High Tea will take place on April 7th, 2019 at the LSSU Cisler Center. Keep a lookout for updates on our facebook event page ( of raffle prizes as they are received! We will have the 2019 American Girl Doll of the Year on raffle. Check her out here:

One ticket is needed per individual attending the event. Tickets can be purchased online at


We Appreciate You!

Fall 2019 Donors

Laurie Patterson
Centria Healthcare
Jean Mannesto
Michelle Oja
Sugar Island Community Center
Cheryl Tellas
Drummon Island Ch. 2376 WOTM
Mary's Dream
Carol A Davis
Keri Miller Raaf
War Memorial Pediatrics
Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary
Patsy Miller
Sara Hill
Ida Kraft
Dorothy Brown
Manistique Women's Club
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Frank and Ellen Quinlivan
Shayne Skeans
Erin Lahti
Anytime Fitness
Sault Weslyan Church
St. James Lutheran Church
Robert Cartright
Dena Bliss
Amber Mack
Stalwart Women's Association
Kathy Joutsie
The Palace Saloon
Drummond Island Homemakers
Lake Superior State University
Michigan Coalition to End Domestic/Sexual Violence
Lodge of Bravery
The Eastern Star
Highland Clan Motorcycle Club
Don Bourdo
Alpha Kappa Chi
Nancy Martin
Laurie Patterson
Lynn Grey
Tom and Harriet Robinson
Judy McGahey
Karen Carlstedt

Fall 2019 Volunteers

Sydney Langendorf
Don Corbiere
Sage Mills
Kirsten Plont
Blake Erickson
Tatiana Hulan
Brittany Stob
Payton Back
Jennifer Dibble
Ellen Quinlivan
Jessica Roberts
Stephanie Uhlmann
Abigail Mermuys
Mindy Lujan
Leah Mockridge
Cesciley VanSingel
Jason Lahti
Crystal Hepner

Executive Director, Betsy Huggett, receiving an extremely generous donation from Lake Superior State University's Public Safety.  We are honored to receive such a gracious gift.

Brenda Fleck and the Manistique, Michigan, Women’s Club donated hand-made scarfs, purses stuffed with toiletry items, and women’s clothing. All of us at Diane Peppler are so very grateful!


Want to Help? Find Out How:

Donations Always Appreciated

The Diane Peppler Resource Center uses monetary donations to purchase specific items for residents when the items are not donated or can't be donated.  This can include but is not limited to: undergarments, medications, and specific dietary restriction food items.

All donations are tax deductible. Donation receipts available upon request.


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We Can Always Use Volunteers!

The Diane Peppler Resource Center is always looking for volunteers to help with various things! Some of the things that we need help with right now include:

Night Monitors

Shelter Coverage

Crisis Line Coverage

Garage Cleaning/Organizing

Shelter Cleaning/Management

Many Other Things!

All of the positions include free training! Call Stephanie at 906-635-0566 to find out how you can help today!


Diane Peppler Resource Center

PO Box 698, Sault Ste. Marie
United States

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