By Libby Solomon |Howard County Times
May 26, 2017
HopeWorks of Howard County, a nonprofit agency that combats domestic, sexual and dating violence, will hold a pantry drive outside its new center at 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive on June 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. The food, personal care and household items collected, said community engagement coordinator Heidi Griswold, help HopeWorks’ clients “maintain independence and get back on their feet.”
Items urgently needed include diapers, laundry detergent, quick meals such as canned ravioli or boxed microwaveable meals, juice boxes, crackers and women’s personal care products, according to a HopeWorks flier. Read full article
The U.S. Department of Education will soon release new regulations on how campuses must address and prevent sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. These regulations, along with the new report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, released today, signal a new era for campuses – one in which these issues are at the forefront of the nation’s consciousness and institutions are held to higher account in addressing them.
For Jennifer Pollitt Hill, there’s a lot of power in a name. Hill is the director of the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, a nonprofit that provides aid to domestic violence and sexual assault victims. On Dec. 1, the organization’s name will change to HopeWorks, a moniker Hill hopes will better convey the message and breadth of services the center offers.
“The hope is that we will work towards a Howard County that is free of sexual and domestic violence,” she said. “So we wanted to be sure that we had a title that was large enough to encompass all the many ways in which we try and be change agents.”
The name change has been a long time in the making, according to Hill.