Putting an end to domestic abuse
For nearly 40 years, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services has provided safe housing and counseling services for victims and their families in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
Mitchell Heider (pictured at left with his wife, Katie), senior associate in our Real Estate and Construction practice, first learned of the organization at the age of 10, when he joined their Race for the Light 5k fundraiser with his father.
After several of Mitchell’s friends experienced domestic abuse, he felt compelled to volunteer with the organization and further their mission.
“One of my high school classmates even lost their life to domestic violence, so it’s a cause that hits very close to home,” Mitchell said.
He now serves as the treasurer and helps coordinate all fundraising events.
Named for a woman who died as a result of domestic violence, the organization offers educational programming to raise awareness on safe dating practices. The shelter provides a safe space with mental health counselors and legal guidance on restraining orders.
Mitchell said the Baker Tilly Wishes grant will help the organization transition to a bigger building, which will allow for more services like a pet kennel.
“Unfortunately, some people hesitate to seek a safe place here because they can’t bring their pet. One of the main reasons I applied for the Baker Tilly Wishes grant was to help with this issue,” Mitchell said.