FSPA supports Brighter Tomorrows
The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Ministry Grant Committee is providing a series of learning opportunities — presentations given by sister and affiliate ministry grant sponsors to introduce the investments they support and those who are putting them to work within their organizations.
These presentations are not just information sharing; they are occasions created for making connections and deepening relationships in the global communities served.
We invite you to watch the latest session which features a a discussion with Brighter Tomorrows Project Director Jan Bruder and Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Marlene Weisenbeck, who sponsors a ministry grant for the organization missioned to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Monroe County, Wisconsin.
About Brighter Tomorrows
Since 1996 Brighter Tomorrows has been a beacon of safety and support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Wisconsin’s Monroe County. A multitude of direct services are available for people who find themselves in dangerous relationships and environments, including a 24-hour crisis line. Once communication has been established, “folks are in the driver’s seat,” says Brighter Tomorrows Project Director Jan Bruder. “We do a lot of safety planning for victims who either want to know how to safely stay in a relationship or who want to leave,” says Jan, who realized her passion for victim advocacy as she grew up in domestic violence.
Brighter Tomorrows works to meet immediate needs like transportation, clothing and access to food when pantries are closed. The program is equipped to provide guidance through the legal system and medical advocacy and also offers support groups, access to therapists (as well as a therapy dog) and additional resources. “If we can’t help someone, we find a service that can. We are really connected with other folks in community.” Outreach includes providing awareness and education for local students and families.
“Right now state and national programs are losing funding,” says Jan, “while the number of survivors and severity of abuse are increasing. We rely on partners like FSPA.”
Stay tuned for new sessions and learning opportunities about deepening relationships through
ministry grant investments, and watch more videos in the series here.