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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

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.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Darleen O.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful nonprofit that has helped many women and children in need. As a victim of domestic abuse, you flee your home w/ barely the shirt on your back. Some of the most basic day to day stuff you don't think about having or needed you flee w/ out. Handbags provides a purse w/ items you wouldn't think you'd need but once you had back in your possession you were grateful for. Men may think a purse is something we lug crap around in, but for most women it has personal items, cherished items, and sometimes much needed items. I for one was very thankful that I found out about Handbags, and had a chance to help them a few times. They branched out to help teens and children who had become w/o means as well. We need more people and charities like this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me instantly when i needed the help. Friendly abd caring people. Keep up the awesome work: )

Rose40

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Barbara256

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization helping those in need

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Kathy136

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lynn60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Jeanne21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.