Getting a handle on homelessnessJolene Timmers and Kim Moen are seeing pink. The two small business owners have teamed up to support Harbor House Crisis Shelters over the next two months.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
Jolene Timmers and Kim Moen are seeing pink.
The two small business owners have teamed up to support Harbor House Crisis Shelters over the next two months. They are selling reusable pink bags at Serenity Spa and Salon and Wine Beginnings, 1705 Tower Ave., for $5 each, with $3 from each purchase going directly to the Superior crisis shelters. The bags include product samples, discount cards and a ticket for a chance to win a free trip, as well as an entry form for the shelters’ upcoming 5K Run/Walk.
“We raised almost $1,000 last year through the bags,” said Timmers, who owns the salon.
Fundraisers like the walk fill a critical need, according to Harbor House Crisis Shelters Assistant Director Kelly Isaacson.
“Next to our grants, they are what keep us going,” she said. The shelters used to see a lull from January to March each year, but not anymore.
“We have been consistently full the last two years,” Isaacson said. In 2012, 543 homeless women and children found shelter at Harbor House, the highest annual number of clients since the shelters opened in 2001.
Other fundraisers for the nonprofit organization this year include the annual Night Without a Home event Oct. 26-27 and a special November dinner and auction event with Lucinda Yates, who creates “Designs by Lucinda” pins. The pins are sold at Harbor House functions and at Celtic Moose Gift Shop in Superior’s South End. Half of the $18 price tag per item goes directly to the shelters.
About 100 people ran or walked the inaugural Harbor House 5K last year, raising more than $3,000, Isaacson said. Other businesses that supported the event included Superior Water, Light & Power, Mariner Medical Clinic and Northland Fishing and Tackle.
Along with selling the bright pink bags, Moen, Timmers and some of the Serenity stylists ran in the race. They plan to run again this June.
Theresa Lundgren of Superior picked up one of the bags Wednesday. She’s been getting her hair done by Timmers for nearly seven years. Whether short or long, dark, red or blonde, the stylist made it look good, she said.
The Superior woman takes part in the Twin Cities Color Run every year to help food shelves and homeless shelters.
“I do know a little bit about Harbor House,” she said, and it seemed like a worthy cause. Lundgren said she’d consider tackling the Harbor House run, which takes place June 29.
There are discounts for groups of three or more and even an option for “ghost runners” to register but sleep in the day of the race.
For more information about Harbor House Crisis Shelters or the upcoming 5K, look up the webpage at www.harborhousecs.org, check the run page on Facebook. The shelters, a ministry of Faith United Methodist Church, are always in need of items for their clients, including bedding, bath towels and washcloths. To donate, call the church at 715-394-9608.