Harbor House Receives Lowe’s Hometown Grant

Harbor House is one of 100 nationwide grant recipients

Contact: Cassie McDonald
Title: Senior Manager, Community Relations
Phone: 920.955.9119
Email: cassie.mcdonald@harborhousewi.org

Harbor House Receives Lowe’s Hometown Grant

Harbor House is one of 100 nationwide grant recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21st, 2022

APPLETON, WI July 21, 2022 – Harbor House, an agency committed to the awareness and prevention of domestic abuse and sexual assault serving Outagamie and Calumet Counties, announced today they are the recipient of a Lowe’s Hometown Grant for critical upgrades that enhance and expand Harbor House services.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this grant from Lowe’s and want to thank them and Dixon Ticonderoga for making these upgrades to our facility possible,” said Amber Schroeder, Executive Director of Harbor House. “The programs and services provided by Harbor House are literally changing lives throughout the Fox Cities, so to know that work is recognized and valued by organizations like Lowe’s and Dixon Ticonderoga means a lot to our organization.”

Appleton-based Dixon Ticonderoga Company (formerly Pacon Corporation) was the catalyst for the grant, nominating Harbor House as a recipient. A supplier to Lowe’s, Dixon Ticonderoga was invited by Lowe’s to submit a grant request on behalf of a local non-profit and chose Harbor House as their nominee.

“Domestic violence and sexual assault in our community are incredibly serious problems and we wanted to help,” said John Carlberg, President and CEO of Dixon Ticonderoga. “When Lowe’s offered us this opportunity to apply for a grant on behalf of a local non-profit organization, we very quickly landed on Harbor House as the benefactor. We worked closely with them to complete the grant application and we’re thrilled that Lowe’s saw the need in our community and is stepping up to help.”

The Lowe’s Hometowns program is a $100 million commitment over five years to the communities Lowe’s serves by providing grants to help restore and revitalize spaces that serve as the hubs and heartbeats of U.S. communities. Harbor House is one of 100 organizations to receive a grant this year.

“We’re excited to continue improving hometowns across the country by building on our longstanding commitment to serving the communities where we live and work,” said Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s Chairman and CEO. “With support from our associates, neighbors and partners, Lowe’s Hometowns is addressing urgent needs in our communities and Harbor House is certainly a worthy recipient.”

The grant received will allow Harbor House to complete three improvement projects at their Appleton facility:

  • Installation of a new, secure entrance to create a profound sense of safety and peace of mind for clients, specifically victims of sexual assault.
  • Transform an existing space into a boutique where all clients can shop for clothes and personal items at no charge. Often clients are fleeing dangerous situations and in some cases, personal belongings are left behind or may become evidence.
  • Create dedicated space for victims of sexual assault to receive individual and group support, advocacy, and education. This private space will also be used for victims to meet with law enforcement, medical supports and community partners.

Work on each of these projects will take place between July and November of this year. Volunteers from Lowe’s and Dixon Ticonderoga will help complete the projects.

“We live in an incredibly generous community that rises up again and again to ensure victims have the services and support programs they need to feel safe and heard,” said Amber Schroeder, Executive Director of Harbor House. “As Harbor House expands its services, these upgrades provide enhanced security, a dedicated entrance for sexual assault victims, as well as dedicated space for new programming and an enhanced experience for victims in need of additional resources. We are thrilled to serve this critical role of support in our community thanks in large part to this generosity.”

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About Harbor House

Since 1984, Harbor House has been the singular organization in the community committed to understanding the breadth of domestic abuse, and the evolving needs of the individuals and families who experience domestic abuse. Harbor House continues to lead a community-wide partnership – including areas throughout Outagamie and Calumet Counties – in the prevention of domestic abuse, and offers safety and support to diverse families in crisis. Each year the organization serves more than 1,600 children and adults.

About Dixon Ticonderoga 

Headquartered in Appleton, WI, Dixon Ticonderoga Company (formerly Pacon Corp.) is one of the largest Art and Education supply companies in the country and employs more than 400 people in the Fox Valley. The products we make enable students, thinkers and artists to transform their vision into reality. We do this because we believe creativity can change the world. This is why we produce the world’s best pencil, the finest art papers, premium art supplies, craft essentials and more…to give everyone the tools and confidence to put pencil to paper, make that first brush stroke or share their ideas. Dixon Ticonderoga Company. The Catalyst of Creativity.

 About Lowe’s

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 19 million customer transactions a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2021 sales of over $96 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service nearly 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

 

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About Harbor House

Mission | To empower communities to be free from domestic abuse through safety, knowledge, and engagement.

Vision| a community without domestic abuse.

Since 1984, Harbor House has been the singular organization in the community committed to understanding the breadth of domestic abuse, and the evolving needs of the individuals and families who experience domestic abuse. Harbor House continues to lead a community-wide partnership – including areas throughout Outagamie and Calumet Counties - in the prevention of domestic abuse, and offers safety and support to diverse families in crisis. Each year the organization serves more than 1,600 children and adults.

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Cassie McDonald at 920.955.9119 or email Cassie at cassie.mcdonald@harborhousewi.org.