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Boil the Frog Slowly poster
Boil the Frog Slowly is returning to our community for a one-time performance!

This theatrical play is a must see for all ages, teens and older, in understanding the dynamics of domestic violence and how easy it is to be pulled into the "boiling pot" of an abusive relationship. 

The powerful, true stories of local survivors helped by Empowerhouse will come to life again at the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library in King George on Saturday, April 29.  Register to attend online (coming soon to www.smoot.org) or register at the Smoot Library reference desk.
Meet Our Interns, Sam and Julie
Empowerhouse Interns
Sam (left) is an Old Dominion University senior studying Human Services and Julie (right) is a Longwood University senior studying Social Work.

Sam and Julie have been lending a hand to support survivors of domestic violence through their internships with Empowerhouse.

Julie spends part of her day at the Front Desk answering calls and greeting visitors to our busy Outreach Office.

She says of her experience: "Every day I'm answering the phone or the door and someone is there dropping off donations or asking how they can help. Our community is awesome. I wasn't aware of how many people in Fredericksburg give back."

Since beginning their internships and taking part in our 40-hour volunteer training on domestic violence, both students have become more aware of domestic violence happening around them.

This includes recognizing the warning signs of domestic violence among their peers.

"I [Sam] have overheard conversations at school where a boyfriend is constantly sending text messages wanting to know where their partner is all the time. That's not normal, they are trying to control every aspect of their life. So many people are blind to the signs and don't want to see it or recognize it as domestic violence."

Their time at Empowerhouse has equipped both Sam and Julie to share what they have learned with others and point someone in need to the services Empowerhouse provides.


If you would like to become a volunteer or intern at Empowerhouse, drop by our office to pick up an application, or fill one out on our website.
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Upcoming Events
National Crime Victims' Rights Week
In recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney and Victim/Witness Program are hosting a reception on Thursday, April 6 with Virginia Attorney General, Mark R. Herring as the keynote speaker. The recipient of the 2017 Molly Gill Survivor Award will be announced in recognition of exceptional human resilience in the face of violence, tragedy, and trauma.
 
Date/Time: Thursday, April 6, 6:15-7:30pm
Location: Stafford County
Board of Supervisors Chamber
1300 Courthouse Rd., Stafford, VA 22554
Golf club and tee
The 9th Annual Empowerhouse Golf Tournament is set for Friday, October 6, 2017. Stay tuned for more information and early bird registration dates.
Pies
Mark your calendar now for our scrumptious summer event, Night of 1000 Pies, on Saturday, August 26, 2017.  
 
Urgent Needs
The Empowerhouse shelter is running low on cleaning and paper products. Can you help with a donation? The most needed items are:
  • Cleaning Supplies: Pine-Sol, toilet boil cleaner, scrubbing bubbles, dish soap
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent
These donations help offset operating costs so we can help more women and families affected by domestic violence!
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Office Phone: 540-373-9372 / 24-Hr Hotline: 540-373-9373
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www.empowerhouseva.org.

Our mailing address is:
Empowerhouse
PO Box 1007
Fredericksburg, VA 22402

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