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Handbags of Hope

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Address:

15580 Glander Eastpointe MI 48021 USA

Mission:

We ask women to donate gently used or new purses. Each bag is filled with 10 essential items, creating a functional handbag. Our handbags are donated across the State to 21 shelters and 6 local teen programs. Most are victims of domestic violence, all have very few possessions. A woman's handbag is a very personal item, most depend on it to get thru their day. We provide 3,000 filled handbags a year and have just receive our 501(3) (c).

Results:

2007 9 shelters 2 teen programs = 910 handbags 2008 14 shelters 4 teen programs = 1145 handbags 2009 21 shelters 6 teen programs = 3,000 handbags 200 evening bag to local high school Prom programs.

Target demographics:

support, advocacy and awareness - through community collaboration - to end all forms of domestic Violence/ bullying and by promoting a safe environment for all. Our goal is to change the perception and views of society as a whole to understand Domestic

Direct beneficiaries per year:

33 programs gifting 1700 filled purses.

Geographic areas served:

Michigan

Programs:

Turning Pointe, Big Family, Women in transition, Safe, Sara's House + more.

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586-215-2050
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Rating: 5 stars  

Jackie Bobcean, the founder is an amazing woman who works tirelessly to care and love women who need a voice. She is a defender of the weak. Handbags of Hope comes in when the whole world has walked out and makes these dear women in need feel special and worthwhile.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard about this gem of a charity when it was run out of the founder's basement. Jackie has worked tirelessly for years to bring hope to women in crisis . I believe almost all the core group of women volunteers are all survivors of abuse and continue to try and make a difference in others lives. Their two big projects are delivering filled handbags to women in shelters all over the state of Michigan. They do this at Christmas and Mother's Day. And even when the weather isn't great they deliver these special gifts to women who think they have been forgotten. A lot of the recipients are homeless moms with kids. Moms want to be sure their child has something for Christmas. Well HOH remembers the moms too.
I have helped collect purses but especially filler items-the most needed items by far!- and attended her great fundraising activities. Things haven't always been easy but the one constant is HandBags of Hope's commitment to helping others. Kindness goes a long way and these fantastic ladies just keep truckin' on... Proud to know and support them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great organization helping those in need

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Jackie is an Angel among us. She works tirelessly to provide help for domestic violence victims. This is one charity that i know is run 100% on love,strength and perseverance.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I've worked with many non-profits over the years . . . sometimes as an adviser, sometimes as a volunteer, sometimes just as a member of the community, occasionally as a board member or staff, or as a recipient of services. Never have I known an organization that's grown and stayed so true to its mission of helping empower victims and survivors of domestic abuse, nor one that's run entirely top to bottom by volunteers, including that of the two co-founders, Jackie Bobcean, who first had the vision, along with her best friend, Lisa Kaufmann, whom I'm proud to admit (and for transparent disclosure) is my half-sister. What the two have achieved to bring attention, awareness and education about domestic violence, while also providing practical resources and emotional support to victims and survivors is truly amazing. HandBags of Hope is a stellar example of a successful and committed grass-roots organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see it take a bit more care to be consistent in its presentation in order to protect and capitalize on its brand [ HandBags of Hope ], and to attract within 6 months some major corporate level funding and/or grant monies to help ease the administration and financial struggles of continued growth it faces. To do this, I think the organization needs to consider expanding its tiny board, by filling several new board positions with business and community leaders with non-profit experience.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about Handbags of Hope through a friend who has worked with them in the past and continues to support their cause. I find it relieving that this organization focuses mainly on not only helping those who are victims of domestic violence, but also about creating awareness that this is a real problem that affects more people than most of us realize. Their efforts toward this cause are never-ending and I often see their activity in the community, stretching their reach as far as it can go, and then pushing it further.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They could really use a public storefront where people can come as either victims or volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The amount of work these ladies do is commendable. I am glad there is an organization such as this , to bring hope to those who need it. Sometimes it is the small things that make the most impact. Handbags for Hope Keep up the great work!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity is a work of some of the most tireless and giving people I have ever met. Since finding out about this charity, I have volunteered for an afternoon and given some "filler"donations and handbags. The honest and hardworking devotion of this team is unsurpassed in hands on work for the women of our community and beyond.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Handbags of Hope is just that! They bring Hope to victims of domestic violence, along with adult's & children who are homeless with purses filled with essential toiletry item's & more!! They consistently work on Community Awareness with the hope to end Domestic Violence! Jackie Bobcean & her staff of Volunteers are amazing to say the least!!! They are a Blessing to our Communities throughout the state of Michigan!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

If you look non profit up in the dictionary you should find Handbags of Hope. This organization managed to deveolp itself solely on donations of handbags and filler items. While holding small fundraisers to cover the cost of their deliveries across the State. Volunteers are responsible for everything from pick-ups of items, cooking for events to raffle prizes. These ladies managed to develop this beautiful charity while waiting on their 501(c)(3). Now that it's been approved their hoping for a few Company sponsors to help them open their 1st Donation Boutique. Allowing the Cause a place to work from and to except donations of purses and filler items. It's common to have 450 filled handbags donated from just one company. The President, Jackie Bobcean is as dedicated as they come, spending thousands of dollars personally to assure all documents were in place. Everyday this lady works 12 to 14 hours developing this organization. It's truly amazing what she has accomplished with no money. Many groups could learn a thing or two from her. Women love this project and with economy in Michigan so bad it's a wondeful inexpensive way to give back. I hope someone will read this release and find a way to help these great ladies continue a beautiful Cause. Turning a gently used purse into a Handbag of Hope.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the empowerment it gives our clientes. The organization is quite right when they say A handbag is a very important part of a womans day !

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find them more sponsors !

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The energy the women put into making this entire organization run.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic, warm and truly concerned for our clientes.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have no waiting list of shelters, have enough filler items for every purse and have a wonderful building to work from.

Ways to make it better...

nothing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

Women every where should support this beautiful organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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