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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Brenda Feys H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jackie is one of the most compassionate people I know. She works tirelessly to ensure that women have a voice and a way out of a bad situation. Even when life throws her curves, she's picks herself up and is always thinking of others rather than herself. She deserves all the rewards life can give her. Handbags of Hope is a wonderful organization!

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.

Suki V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Bringing dignity and confidence to abused women is sometimes put on the back burner but this organization is worth my time to encourage people to support it. I have been there and know first hand what this type of volunteers can do.

Cynthia52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Jackie via an e-mail appeal. She had toiletry items too large for handbags and was looking for an organization that could use them. I told her about Hope's House a ministry through my church that gives out health and hygiene products to those in need. Jackie happily delivered the items to the church. Later, we we were able to give her boxes of smaller sized products that were perfect for the handbags she distributes. Handbags of Hope is to be commended for their thriftiness, keeping overhead costs very low. They are very resourceful, getting donations from many individuals and organizations. Jackie and her helpers are a blessing to our community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw a flyer at my hair salon, JCola (a sponsor!) in November 2008 and thought what a great idea to gather purses and fill them for women’s' shelters. Not knowing exactly what to expect when I got there, I brought my purses and at the Elks Club in Mt. Clemens the place was decked out for the holidays, items to buy, great items for raffles and a full buffet meal! The place was packed, full of excitement and positive energy. Jackie, Debi, and Lisa are wonder-women! It’s incredible to fathom all that they do. Handbags of Hope has worked tirelessly from its inception to bring forth the goal of reaching women and teens in need. With each meeting with Jackie she seems to bring a new goal to reach out to more women in more creative ways. If ever a grass-root organization deserves support, its Handbags of Hope!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Handbags of Hope gives to those women in need of a lift. Women who need to feel self worth. Some are abused, either physically or emotionally, homeless, or just in need of some help. Handbags of Hope makes these women feel empowered, independent and most importantly loved. What a great idea and mission to help spread the love and hope to others. Keep up the great work! Maria DeKimpe

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with Jackie and her young friends who work tirelessly for this cause. They work year-round to gather and deliver handbags all over the state of Michigan. All on their own time and all at their own expense. They could surely use some financial backing from generous sponsors. Such a worthwhile and important project! I am very proud to be affiliated with Handbags of Hope!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello I just wanted to drop you a quick THANK YOU! I am a Domestic Violence Advocate for the only Domestic Violence Shelter in the City of Detroit. (Interim House) I facilitate the Woman to Woman Support Group at Peggy Place (Cots) with Gina Harris. I have experienced the joy the women have when they receive their handbags, it is nothing like someone caring and sharing that you have never meet before. Please keep up the good work. I wish you Health Wealth and Happiness Glenda Cook Victim Advocate Coordinator/ Group Facilitator