For more than three decades, Help of Door County has played a significant role in the lives of many Door County residents &, yet, some may not know it exists or why it exists. Executive Director Ursela Bunnel-Timrek says the organization based in Sturgeon Bay traces its lineage back to a time when people began to mobilize against the problem of domestic violence in society…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/N191.mp3|titles=Ursela Bunnell-Timrek]
Bunnel-Timrek says the reasons why organizations like Help of Door County were needed years ago continue to be seen today, perhaps more so, making for the constant push to inform the public of the work being done locally. She says part of the process is to get people to understand that domestic violence can happen anywhere…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/N192.mp3|titles=Ursela Bunnell-Timrek]
Help of Door County is an umbrella organization that offers victim & survivor services, a transitional living program & “safe homes”, crisis counseling & legal advocacy, a 24 hour helpline, violence intervention services & a visitation & exchange program for children. That program was recently expanded to help families in Brown County.