The Domestic Violence Shelter (DVS) in Muscatine provides a safe refuge for battered women and their children. Since December 2015, Wesley has delivered 30 baskets full of starting over items for residents leaving the shelter and starting fresh.
Each basket contains:
- towels and washcloths
- body wash and lotion
- nail polish
- cans of fruit
- cans of vegetables
- canned meat
- microwave meals
- toilet paper
- paper towels
- can opener
- pillow and pillowcase
- electric skillet or crockpot or pots and pans
- gift card
Frequently other items appear in the baskets as individuals feel led to donate. Things like:
- Dish towels
- Dish soap
- Laundry detergent
Every basket contains a card with an encouraging message and a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “Our own success to be real, must contribute to the success of others.” The cards are signed: Women Helping Women, Wesley United Methodist Church.
We have also donated …
Twenty-one air mattresses with pumps and batteries with complete sheet sets for those leaving without any beds.
Each year the Hospitality and Outreach Ministry Committee donates $300 dollars to buy needed items for this mission. We have also had $310 donated by individuals wanting to help.
One of the thank you's received said,
"Please share with everyone how much our clients love the moving out tubs and how excited they are to get them when they are starting over. Their faces light up when we give one to them. We are so thankful for your continued support to our clients and program. It really means a lot!!"
MCSA DV Shelter
The DVS baskets are yet another way Wesley strives to make a difference with our time, talents, and treasures. Thank you to all who support this ministry!