Posted by Steve Lettau on Nov 01, 2018

Advocates is and agency working to end domestic and sexual violence through support, empowerment, education and transformation. 

The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary club supports  the work of this organization by donating grant funds gained from the Lobsterfest fundraising event.  The Club also prepares approximately 60 meals each year for the clients at the shelter. 

The following is a note written by a former client of Advocates.  Her note is one example of the impact their work is really having in  making a difference in the community.  This particular client was in shelter with Advocates several times and she had and extremely violent childhood.  The fact that she is flourishing is a testament to the resilience one can foster even in the worse situations.

Barb Fisher, Executive Director, stated:  “It is beyond gratifying to know that Karen is doing well, achieving in school, and giving back to her own community through her work.  The children are so often forgotten in the wake of domestic violence.  Since the beginning Advocates has recognized children as victims and worked with them to provide a sense of safety, dissuade any feeling of guilt they may have, and provide them with tools for resilient behaviors so they have a path to healing.”

Rotarians Steve Peterman, Lynn Streeter and Lucia Francis serve on the Advocates Board of Directors.  The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary club is proud to be a partner in having such successful impact and in making the difference in people’s lives.

A note to Advocates From Karen (not her real name)


My name is Karen and I have noticed that you have been posting a lot lately and I forgot I had even liked this page on Facebook.

I stayed at Advocates with my Mom when I was child and I would just like to say thank you so much for all that you do for your clients. Without Advocates I would not have had a place to stay as child for a period of time so I am forever grateful for that work that you all do!

I now work part-time at a homeless shelter and am a junior studying Human Development and Family Studies. The organization I work for now serves children and families. It is a very rewarding job and I hold a special place in my heart considering I stayed in a shelter as child and have lived the experience.

The moral of this all is that I am very grateful for your organization and the wonderful work that you all do! I come across a post and thought of this so I figured I’d let you know how amazing you all are.

Thank you!