Dawn August, 2016 Newsletter

Dawn Offers RADICAL Opportunity to End Violence in Our Communities

The largest nonprofit in south King County offering comprehensive services to victims of family violence, is hosting an opportunity for city, government, corporate, and activist citizens to end violence in our communities.

The Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (Dawn announces a radical approach to ending violence in our communities. August 16-19, 2016, DAWN is offering an intensive training for those interested in knowing how to prevent or de-escalate interpersonal/community violence. The presentation is based on a national, evidence-based program and has proven to reduce incidents of violence in communities where the information, responsibility, and accountability are shared. At the end of the four days, attendees will be qualified to teach what they have learned to others in shorter, more targeted ways, such as employee groups, neighborhoods, social circles and with family members.

The goal is to spread this information throughout the region helping Dawn rise up for domestic peace.

This is a radical new way for communities to act together: a collective of individuals taking the initiative, responsibility and bringing about accountability for peaceful communities.

There are only a handful of slots left. 

Registration has been extended to August 1, 2016. 

There is a nominal fee of $100 to cover the cost of materials. Register athttp://gdtdawn.eventzilla.net. event code: GDTDAWN (case sensitive)

For more information please contact Dawn at peg@dawnrising.org

Nolan Phillips speaking at the 2015 Evening of Promise  Auction Gala

Nolan Phillips speaking at the 2015 Evening of Promise 
Auction Gala


YUM! If you missed the Second Annual BBQ at Bubba’s Place, on July 9, you missed a really fun time! Nolan Phillips, Dawn volunteer, and Susan Cole, owner of Bubba’s Place, helped raise nearly $5,000! Bubba’s generous community came together to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors! Their commitment helps Dawn save lives every day. Dawn is on the rise for peaceful communities and we are grateful for their partnership.

If you would like to host an event benefitting Dawn, please contact us at development@ddawnrising.org. 

Ahhh. Finding dignity in a properly fitted bra…

Susan Cole, center, event organizers Amy Lorraine, right  and Ashley Mathwig, Left

Susan Cole, center, event organizers Amy Lorraine, right 
and Ashley Mathwig, Left

Gina had found her opportunity to leave in the middle of the night. Her friend, met her at the airport and brought her directly to Dawn. Among the many basic items she needed was a properly fitted bra. As a very large-breasted woman, she couldn’t just go to Target or Walmart. Dawn was able to arrange for her to purchase a properly fitted bra from a department store with funds set aside specifically for things that many of us take for granted. Our client was deeply grateful for this simple purchase, a basic necessity that helped her take one small step back to dignity and self-esteem.

So many women and families arrive at Dawn having left behind everything. We are often asked for financial assistance to purchase underwear and, at times, a bra. We sometimes assist with a prescription refill, new tire, and other small, one-time purchases that make it possible to keep moving forward to long term stability.

If you would like to collect gift cards for Dawn’s families, our families shop at Walmart, Target, Fred Meyers, ARCO, and Safeway. Or, you can go to www.dawnrising.org to donate directly. Gift cards can be mailed to Dawn, PO Box 1449, Kent, WA 98035

Thank you, Lisa Russell!

Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell

You may have seen Lisa around the office. Hundreds have talked with her on the Crisis and Advocacy Line. Dawn is very grateful for Lisa’s volunteer support and so are our callers. Lisa tells Dawn that:

“volunteering on the Crisis Line makes me feel like I can and do make a difference in someone’s life; that I am able to offer domestic violence survivors hope and options when they feel they have none. This opportunity has been such a rewarding experience for me and one which I continue to enjoy even after 7 years.”

Lisa was reluctant to work on the crisis line at first “because I thought I had to have all the right answers right now.” Now she knows that in addition to her thorough training she also has access to our team of advocates to help callers plan for and find safety.” So what’s the best part of the job? “At the end of every call, each caller says “thank you so much. It is so rewarding.”


You have a lot to offer. Your skills, available time, caring hands and generous attitude can all find a place at Dawn. For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact us at development@dawnrising.org.

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to assist with:

  • 24 Hour Crisis and Advocacy Line
  • Clean Up and Organizing Projects at the shelter
  • Administrative tasks including data entry, file organization and other clerical tasks
  • Event volunteers An Evening of Promise Gala October 1
  • Adopt A Family Program October through December