Gasconade County’s Perseverance Foundation (PF) has tapped into a resource at Hermann High School. Mr. Rand Shapiro’s marketing class at Hermann High School helped PF put together a marketing program as a class project. Because of their efforts, the PF’s “Touch of Hope” purse project got off the ground in a big way with students from two high schools helping out.
Brenda Grotewiel’s Family and Consumer Science Class at Hermann High School collected purses and products for the project. Renee Laune and her Fellowship of Christian Athletes students at New Haven High School presented PF with supplies and purses. To date the Perseverance Foundation has given out over 375 purses filled with essentials for women.
Barbara Haddox, executive director of PF said the organization has collected new and gently used purses, along with unopened products. Haddox said that many times, if law enforcement is called during a domestic dispute, women cannot return inside a home to retrieve their purses which can contain cell phones, important documents and sanitary items the women might need.
“We deliver them to shelters, crisis organizations, to law enforcement and more,” said Haddox.
PF has even gotten some attention for their needs here in Gasconade County with some help from Mo. Rep. Patricia Pike (D-126).
“She has been collecting [purses] and I went last week to pick up my second load at the Capitol,” said Haddox.
Perseverance Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help women who are or have been abused. They offer education, support and connections. Currently, they are working to establish a support network of safe havens where an endangered woman can find respite and sanctuary while fleeing an unsafe environment.