Celebrate LiFE Dinner & Auction an Overwhelming Success!

Thank you to the many sponsors, donors, guests, and volunteers who made our inaugural Celebrate LiFE Dinner & Auction a great success. The event raised more than $17,000 in net profit to be dedicated to the LiFE OF HOPE (suicide prevention) programs. As we prepare for 2016, our AWARENESS, EDUCATION, and SUPPORT services will be expanded as a result of the generosity shown during this high-energy and informative fundraiser event. Please plan to join us (again) next year as we continue to Celebrate LiFE, each and every day! SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE. One community. One family. One LiFE at a time.

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Deeatra Kajfosz Interview – Ugly Couch Interview Series

CHECK OUT the first of the Volunteer Center’s “Ugly Couch Interview Series”, featuring LiFE OF HOPE’s Founder / Exec. Director, Deeatra Kajfosz. It’s heartwarming, inspirational, and well worth the 2 minutes you’ll spend viewing. Continue reading Deeatra Kajfosz Interview – Ugly Couch Interview Series

“i am…” T-shirt Fundraiser Success!

We did it! Our “i am…” T-Shirt fundraiser closed with 80 shirts sold and $1,370 raised! It is with sincere appreciation that we thank everyone who SHARED or fundraiser posts here on Facebook and placed an order. Let us know if you would like to see another fundraiser like our “i am…” T-Shirt. If we have enough interest, we will mass produce the t-shirts and make them available for purchase at future LiFE OF HOPE events. Continue reading “i am…” T-shirt Fundraiser Success!

Woman Starts Nonprofit Group After Realizing Suicide Can Be Prevented

Deeatra Kajfosz
Deeatra Kajfosz

Original story by LINDA MCALPINE (West Bend Daily News)

Deeatra Kajfosz hopes to break the silence that surrounds the topic of suicide.

After losing a friend to suicide a little more than a year ago, Kajfosz said she started learning all she could about the topic.

She was astonished to find there is a list of risk factors and as she read them she realized that she had 80 percent of them at the time she made a suicide attempt more than a decade ago. Continue reading Woman Starts Nonprofit Group After Realizing Suicide Can Be Prevented

1st Annual GiVE HOPE Mini-Golf Fundraiser is a “Hole-in-One”!

minigolf-posterMany thanks go out to everyone who came together to make the 1st Annual GiVE HOPE Mini-Golf Fundraiser Outing a HUGE success! Traditional golf fundraisers have nothing on our downsized event to emphasize the “mini”-ways one can live mentally well. More than 45 golfers attended a fun-filled game of mini-golf, hosted at Logger’s Park in Richfield, yesterday, Thursday, June 25th. Residents from all around Washington County and beyond, joined together in support of our LiFE OF HOPE mission; reduce the number of suicide attempts thereby leading to a natural reduction in the lives lost to suicide. A special awards ceremony recognized golfers for a number of golf talents and the “Second Chance Club” was auctioned off to the highest bidder, Julie Ann Blazei. Julie received the official 2015 Second Chance Club, which was given new purpose after having reached the end of its playing days. The club represents the importance of finding and embracing a purpose in LiFE as one positive coping skill to combat depression and suicide ideation. Continue reading 1st Annual GiVE HOPE Mini-Golf Fundraiser is a “Hole-in-One”!

Deeatra Kajfosz Recieves the “Real Hero” Award

Deeatra in "REAL HERO - CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE 2015"
Deeatra in “REAL HERO – CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE 2015”

As the Founder and Executive Director of LiFE OF HOPE, Deeatra Kajfosz was honored as the “Real Hero” award recipient for her volunteerism in enhancing and promoting the community through caring actions and outstanding acts of humanitarianism; making the county a safer place. More than 80 people/organizations were nominated in 10 different Champions of Change categories. Continue reading Deeatra Kajfosz Recieves the “Real Hero” Award

Thank-You for Making LiFE of HOPE Possible!

Deeatra Kajfosz - LiFE OF HOPE - Feature Story in Daily News 7.1.15
Deeatra Kajfosz – LiFE OF HOPE – Feature Story in Daily News 7.1.15

LiFE OF HOPE, Washington County’s only dedicated suicide awareness and prevention program, is gaining attention and support. Thank you to everyone who has helped make the following accomplishments possible. We now have: Continue reading Thank-You for Making LiFE of HOPE Possible!