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COVID Can't Stop EVE

Creating healing and compassionate support services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and elder abuse.

Letter from the Board

Board of Directors

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. – Ryunosuke Satoro 

EVE has always been a community organization. We were originally started by Lansing community members who saw the need to provide safe shelter to women fleeing abusive relationships. And as we have grown and expanded the ways we serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence, our community has continued to support our mission and stand with survivors. 

This past year was unlike any year we’ve ever experienced. But our community did what they always do: they stepped up to fill the gaps. They reached out to the most vulnerable. They found a way to stand with survivors- even from six feet away.2020 could have been the year that Mid-Michiganders stepped back and let somebody else worry about survivors of intimate partner violence. But it wasn’t. 

The stay at home order could have isolated survivors from their lifeline of hope and support. But it didn’t. The economic struggle from a global pandemic could have stifled the generosity that the Lansing community has always had for survivors. But it didn’t. Instead, our community came forward - stronger and louder than ever before. Longtime supporters reached out and renewed their support. New supporters found us and asked how to help. Board members and staff worked together to keep serving survivors no matter how many obstacles popped up. 

EVE is proud to serve the Lansing area, and honored to be supported by so many fiercely passionate advocates for our mission. The task of ending domestic and sexual violence would be impossible to accomplish alone. But thanks to our community- we are an ocean rising up against violence in our community. Thank you for standing with us.

Caitlinn McGinn
Board President
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2020 Board of Directors

Caitlin McGinn, President

Michigan Department of Corrections

Elizabeth Battiste, Vice President

Martin Waymire

Brigitte Gurden, MLD

Executive Director of EVE

Lesley Bergquist, Treasurer

Simplified Accounting

Jenny Bond, PhD

Retired, MSU Professor

Amanda Elliott, MS, Secretary

Michigan Department of Corrections

Harriet Greenstone

Retired, DHHS

Stephanie Halfmann
Director, MPHI

Ben Marciniak-Jennings
Edward Jones

John Morris
Dart Bank

Caitlin O'Rourke
Capitol Fundraising Associates

Karen Stefl
Render Studios

Debbie Richards
Michigan State University & Playmakers




Jerry Harte rode his bike 41.5 miles is 4 hours (after collecting donations for more than 3 months) to raise awareness for survivors. He raised $3,750 for survivors with his fundraiser. Thank you Jerry!



EVE was honored to be chosen by 100 Women Who Care to receive their annual donation totaling more than $21,000. We are encouraged to have the support of this amazing group of women in our community.



Because of your support in 2019, we were able to provide a wonderful, healing holiday season to 65 of our client families. Thank you to everyone who adopted a family and showed their support!




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With the support of key community resources, EVE updated counseling spaces to calm spaces that are conducive to healing. Trauma-informed design is crucial when working to overcome trauma. 

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EVE teamed up with Safe Center to provide healthy relationships training to over 500 middle school students.



EVE held its first virtual gala to bring together supporters and show survivors that they are not alone. Together, we raised more than $16,750 to provide legal services to survivors.



Lansing breweries and distilleries quickly shifted gears to make hand sanitizer for shelters in the area who couldn't get enough sanitizer initially. Thank you Mary Kay Foundation, Michigrain and American Fifth!



EVE renamed our scholarship fund to honor former board president, Shari Murgittroyd who left a legacy of fierce advocacy for survivors when she passed away this year. EVE awarded the first scholarship this year.

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JCI Lansing once again stuffed the bus with toys for the children living in the shelter as well as toiletries, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products for survivors. 

Creating Healing Spaces

We're thrilled to have updated several key areas of the shelter to ensure the best possible environment for survivors to find safety and healing.

Evidence-based design research highlights the power of the environment to support improved outcomes for clients who have experienced trauma. Healing spaces can alleviate and even reverse stress or harm; foster connection of the mind, body, and spirit; and foster healthy relationships.

Trauma-informed design is about integrating the principles of trauma-informed care into design with the goal of creating physical spaces that promote safety, well-being and healing.

This requires realizing how the physical environment affects identity, worth and dignity, and how it promotes empowerment. It requires recognizing that the physical environment has an impact on attitude, mood and behavior because there is a strong link between our physiological state, our emotional state and the physical environment. It also means that intentionally designing and maintaining healing environments leads to empowerment and resists retraumatizing those who have already experienced so much trauma.

 "Offering a safe space for survivors has always been a top priority. With our upgraded spaces, clients will find welcoming, safe, and helpful spaces to help in their healing journeys. Having counseling spaces that offer comfortable seating, calm lighting, and a neutral color palette, clients can now focus solely on their traumas, experiences, and healing. We can't wait to welcome clients back to our new spaces!"

–Rachel Fraley, Director of Counseling

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We can't wait to welcome clients back to our new spaces!"

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Main Highlight of 2020

EVE Gives Justice Gala
EVE Gives Justice Virtual Gala
By the Numbers


A Year




2020 was a year that none of us could have anticipated. But our team and our community leapt into action to continue serving survivors. Our shelter staff implemented rigorous cleaning schedules. Our PPO office moved forms and services online and added computers to provide a way for survivors to attend virtual court dates with their advocate while social distancing. Our community relations team published timely tips for staying safe during the pandemic, while our counselors found creative ways to serve survivors virtually.

 And, not surprisingly, our community reached out in droves to offer support: Local breweries repurposed equipment to make hand sanitizer for us, we received surprise deliveries of paper products and masks, and local community groups created their own fundraisers to support survivors amidst the pandemic. 

Though it was difficult at times, our passion and perseverance for assisting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and elder abuse won out in the end. This year may have challenged us and made us adapt in new ways, but we are proud to say that COVID CAN'T STOP EVE AND CAN'T STOP LANSING!

Despite a global pandemic, EVE was able to provide: 

7,846 Nights of Safe Shelter

1,609 Crisis Line Calls

Our community stepped up in incredible ways, providing thermometers, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes to ensure the safety of our staff and clients. This allowed us to keep our doors open for survivors fleeing abusive relationships.

Our crisis line staff have always been "essential," but this year they truly outdid themselves. They maintained 24/7 crisis intervention and ensured the shelter maintained proper sanitation and screenings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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97 Residential Clients

57 Children

Face-to-face advocacy may have required masks, but even that could not hinder the compassion and fierce advocacy our staff showed to keep survivors safe and build bravery and resiliency.

2020 was anything but normal, but that did not stop EVE and the community from fostering a sense of normalcy for the children living in our shelter. With donated art supplies, crafts, toys, and board games, joyous laughter and creativity continued to fill our halls.

674 Non-Residential Clients

2,470 Hours of Counseling

Survivors were faced with stay-at-home orders, but for many survivors of domestic violence, home is not always safe. Our non-residential team worked with survivors to put safety plans in place and provide advocacy and support when things became overwhelming.

To ensure the safety of our counseling team and clients, our counseling appointments shifted to online. Though COVID added an extra layer of trauma, our counselors listened with empathy and understanding, helping provide coping mechanisms and some stability in uncertain times.

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401 Sexual Assault Clients

259 Medical Advocacy Clients

"Isolated" is often the feeling we hear from survivors of sexual violence, which was amplified by COVID. Our sexual assault team worked tirelessly with survivors to help them feel heard, supported, and not alone.

While incidents of sexual assault spiked during the lock down orders, we were faced with a shortage of Medical Advocates to meet survivors at the hospital. Our dedicated team rose to the challenge, working around the clock to meet the needs of survivors. We also worked with Sparrow to address the logistics of keeping survivors and our staff safe, implementing procedures to allow advocates to continue to serve survivors and minimize health risks.

2,454 Personal Protection Orders

99 Clients with Legal Services

To adapt to a remote world, our PPO office transitioned necessary forms to an online format and created videos to ensure they were filled out properly. We also installed laptops in our administrative office to allow clients to attend virtual court appointments with an advocate in the room while maintaining social distancing.

With a growing list of clients, our supporters came together to help fund a second staff attorney, while our current attorney worked with clients virtually to help with civil matters including child custody, landlord-tenant issues, and divorce. All of these services help survivors build pathways to safety.

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11,933 Community Members Educated

Our community outreach team quickly adjusted 2020 plans to bring programming to online platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams. With ingenuity and creativity, the team brought important information directly to the community, hosting a series of successful webinars and live videos to discuss important topics around sexual and domestic violence, stalking, and elder abuse.


Audited Financial Summary

Total Revenue: $1,716,990.44

Support & Revenue



  • Capital Region Community Foundation Child & Adult Care Food Program City of East Lansing

  • City of Lansing Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board

Grants, Foundations & Endowments

  • Safe Haven

  • The Dart Foundation

  • Vanguard Charitable

  • WalMart

  • Zonta Club of MI Capital Area

  • Zonta Club of Lansing

  • MI State Housing Development Authority

  • Office on Violence Against Women

  • Phillip & Sylvia Frederickson Foundation

  • Donovan Family Fund

  • AmazonSmile Foundation

  • Greater Lansing Food Bank

  • Ingham County Community Agency Fund

  • Benevity Community Impact Fund Capital Area United Way

  • Mary Kay Foundation

  • Mason Area Community Fund

  • Maximus Foundation

Donors & Volunteers

2019-2020 EVE Volunteers

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Alexis Cooper

Alicia Storey

Amanda Addiego

Aneysa Rogers

Anna Tomlanovich

Ashleigh Berry

Bella Spognardi

Brittany Edwards

Caitlin Yarbrough

Casey Guthrie

Casey Kotrba

Catherine Hazekamp

Courtney Bryant

Courtney Cole

Courtney Fricker

Dalesha Ashford

Deena Agree

Ebone Anderson

Effat Id-Deen

Elizabeth Peralta

Elizabeth Watkins

GAP Girls

Jackie Wilcox

Jeanette Patterson

Jessica Romero

Julia Wiles

Kayla Withers

Kelly Voisinet

Kelly Warner

Kenya Husband

LaToya Scott

Lillian Brooks

Macie Henige

Media Mizori

Meeko Moore

Michelle Flynn

Miranda Bargert

Rachel Black

Rachel Cortez

Rebekah Boothroyd

Renee Hill

Rita Patino

Shani Saxon

Susan Jahn

Tanesha Ash-Shakoor

Trevor Mieczkowski

Victoria Rife

Top 100 Donors

Linda Lacki and Jack Freeman

Richard Otto Charitable Fund

Phillip Frederickson Foundation

Jerry and Diane Harte

Thelen Family

Murphy & Spagnuolo PC (Vincent Spagnuolo)

Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC)

Dart Bank

Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL)

Marla Mitchell-Cichon

MSU Federal Credit Union

Samantha Amburgey

Grace Escamilla

Fairchild Lebel & Rice, PC

Inspirational Cutouts

David Jordan

Rocco Tondo

Van Atta's Greenhouse

David Agnew

Phyllis Easton

Alex Rusek

Consumers Energy

Sharon O'Day

Photo Statuettes

James Zacks

Charlene DeVoe

Susan Mau and the Mary Kay Foundation

Lora Hodges

Caitlin McGinn

Genentech, Inc

Angela Clock

Carol Prahinski

Rachel Recker

Scott Schrager

Terese Walsh

Okemos Community Church, OCC Women

Harriet Greenstone

Mary Smaltz

Kusitino Cobona

Cara Boucher

Julia Goatley

Allie Greer

Uncle Johns Cider

Douglas Howard

Elizabeth Rhodes

Tiffany Stanley

Amanda Elliott

Nicole Bohnett

Antonio Camargo Villari

Gretchen Couraud


North Pointe Bank- Dewitt Branch

Abby Schwartz

Heather Zynda

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Karel Jeffrey Griffin

Teddy Eisenhut

Pat Benton

Pat Brown

Patricia Dorn

Denise Gearhart (Gearhart Nutrition)

Sandy Male

Robert Mitts & Darnell

Patricia Sperti

George Falk

Reagan Quick-Severin

Carol Siemon

Monica Butler

Camilla Hogan

Matthew Lersch

Roger Martin

Merrilee Parker

Ashlea Phenicie

Laura Zeller

James Dedyne

Anita Stevens

Leslie Bergquist

Doug Kosinski

Sue Balger

Julia Bishop

Marge Bossenbery

Christopher Carl

Mike Danko

Charles Finkel

Doug and Darlene

Joanne Golden

Gregg Granger

Ronald Hope

Kathleen Kane

Daniel Lagrou

William Rittenberg

Joan Witter

Shaarey Zedek

Terri Smith

The Dewitt Breakfast Lion's Club

Jonathan Berman

Lana & James Shafer

Judge Wanda Stokes

Old Nation Brewing Company

Carrie Larsen

Christine Nelson

The Lansing Board of Water & Light is more than just a utility company, and we truly live our tagline of Hometown People, Hometown Power. We’re dedicated to giving back to the customers we serve, and we’re proud to stand with EVE. It’s our hope the improvements made at the shelter are the first steps toward recovery for all survivors who walk through its doors.

- BWL General Manager Dick Peffley

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