Winter News Letter

News from House of Peace, Winter 2015

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The House of Peace was pleased to welcome 150 guests to its first annual
brunch fundraiser on December 21, 2014. A magnificent meal was prepared
by Alfio Gulisano and staff of Alfio’s Buon Cibo on Erie Avenue in Hyde
Park. After a warm welcome by Gillian Ahlgren, guests heard a presentation
on the House of Peace vision and the problem of domestic violence in the
Latino community by Deifilia Diaz. Great music and dance by the group
Que Lindo es Panamá and Mexican dancers from San Carlos Borromeo made
this a fun event for all. A silent auction and donations from guests helped us to
exceed our $5000 fundraising goal. In all, $6000 was raised. As importantly,
the brunch was a great way to begin gathering a circle of support for the Casa
de Paz community.
Special thanks to all of the volunteers who made this event possible, including
organizing committee members Gillian Ahlgren, Monica Arenas, Maria
Cabrera, Jenniffer Marschner, Laura Moese, Margaret Singer, and special
helpers Ellen Owens, Rose Arnell and students and parents from the Nagel
Middle School Empowering Education for Girls club.

House of Peace/Casa de Paz (Cincinnati) is a family center
specifically designed for Latina women and their children
who have survived domestic violence. It is a sister project
of the House of Peace located in Waukegan, IL, from
whom we take our vision and structure.
House of Peace is not simply a shelter; it is a community
for intentional living that supports the transformative
journey of recovery for Latina women and their children.
Families stay at the House of Peace for 6-9 months,
receiving counseling, healing services, spiritual support,
job training, classes in financial literacy, and other services
that help them move toward greater wholeness,
independence, and empowerment within the community.
The spirit of the house offers women the opportunity to
experience their own resilience, knowing that they are not
alone in their struggle toward a life of dignity and joy.

The Cincinnati House of Peace Mission is to:
1. Support and accompany Latina women and their
families in the Greater Cincinnati area who have
survived domestic violence or emotional abuse
2. Extend a safe space to them, connecting,
guiding and supporting them unconditionally,
without judgment and with inclusion and
confidentiality, in order to facilitate their
3. Provide programs of support, education and
growth—psychological-emotional, vocational
and spiritual—taking advantage of the
professional services of its network of
4. Educate and inform the community on healthy