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In a little less than two weeks, Green Haven Family Advocates will have its 17th Annual Mother's Day plant sale, a major fundraiser for this organization. Green Haven is a nonprofit domestic violence prevention organization that serves all of Green County, providing needed services to those affected by domestic violence. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, educational services to our youth - teaching them violence is unacceptable, assistance to those needing restraining orders to keep them and their children safe, and information and assistance to families directly affected by violence and abuse.

When I started working for Green County Human Services in 1980, Green Haven didn't exist - those abused in our county needing assistance had two choices: Remain silent, or try to seek help from a domestic violence prevention organization in Madison. Most remained in silence, hoping for better days.

In 1982, Green Haven began providing services to Green County non-abusing adults and children experiencing domestic violence or abuse. This organization, while possibly not well-known to all, has been a godsend to many in our county. I know this firsthand from my work at Human Services. To give you some idea on the need in the county, in 2008, Green Haven answered over 1,900 crisis line calls and provided information and referral services to another 900 callers.

Like most nonprofits, Green Haven is not blessed with excess funds. This fundraiser provides Green Haven with needed money for services and support for affected families. These funds are needed now more than ever. History tells us that when we see an economic decline like we're seeing now, domestic violence increases. Green Haven is seeing such an increase. In March 2007, Green Haven assisted 23 unduplicated clients; in March 2009, it served 53 unduplicated clients.

Please go to, download an order form, complete it and send it and payment back to Green Haven on or before April 27. If you can't download the form, call Green Haven staff at (608) 325-6489 and they will mail you a form. You can pick up your orders in Monroe, Albany, Monticello or New Glarus on Friday, May 8, or Saturday, May 9. The plants come from Ahrens Acres in Brodhead, so not only are you supporting Green Haven, you're supporting a local company! And while you're downloading this form, check out Green Haven's Web site to learn more about this valuable organization.