Advocacy Resource Center

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Advocacy Resource Center is to provide comprehensive, culturally honoring and trauma informed responses to those impacted by the abuse of power and control.

VISION STATEMENT
The vision of the Advocacy Resource Center is to empower survivors through the elimination of barriers to break the cycle of power and control for today and the next Seven Generations.

ADVOCACY VALUES
The Advocacy Resource Center delivers compassionate, respectful, and culturally honoring responses while maintaining the dignity and confidentiality of all those seeking support.

Service Eligibility
Service Eligibility

The Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) provides services to the victim/survivor or a family member/friend of a victim/survivor and does not discriminate based upon actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Service Area

The Advocacy Resource Center provides services in the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indian's Seven County Service Area which includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Alger, Schoolcraft, Delta, and Marquette counties.

Service Fees

The Advocacy Resource Center does not charge for services.

Confidentiality


The Advocacy Resource Center maintains strict client confidentiality as protected under Tribal, State, and Federal Law.

If an individual is not eligible for ARC services, staff will assist with information regarding other available community resources.

Please note Advocacy Resource Center service availability is dependent upon funding and programmatic prioritizations.

Lodge of Bravery

Aakdehewin Gaamig

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Sexual Violence Services (SVS) Program

Naanda Nswi Kidwenan "Those Three Words"

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Criminal Justice Advocacy Services

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Legal Aid Services

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Crime Victim Compensation

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Crisis Intervention and Emotional Support

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Safety Plan Creation and Follow Up

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Referrals to Community Resources

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Transportation Assistance

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Financial Assistance

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Survivor Education

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Locating Employment and Safe Housing

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Survivor Support Groups

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Medical Appointment Accompaniment

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Community Education Services

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Culture The Key to Healing Program

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Culturally Honoring Healing Supplies

Traditional Medicines

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 Staffed 24/7

The Lodge of Bravery is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to ensure immediate entry for those seeking safety from intimate partner violence.

 Secure Communal Living Facility

The Lodge of Bravery is secured with as state of the art security system and remains locked 24/7. Communal living space has 16 beds for temporary emergency shelter for all victims of domestic and dating violence and their children.

 Climate Controlled Pet Kennels

Pets are welcomed at the Lodge of Bravery in our six -run climate controlled kennel on-site for survivor's pets who need a safe escape from domestic violence.

 On-site Laundry Facilities

The Lodge of Bravery has washer and dryer facilities on site to use free of charge.

 On-site Wabano (Healing Lodge)

Survivors are welcome to utilize the traditional Wabano (Sweat Lodge). The lodge is utilized by survivors to have access to an outdoor location for individual spiritual practices. (Medicines, meditations, and other cultural practices excluding sweats.)

Domestic Violence

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Sexual Abuse

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Emotional Abuse

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Strangulation

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Sex Trafficking

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Teen Dating Violence

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Elder Abuse

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Narcissistic Abuse

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  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States
  • P.O. Box 1576 Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Please note that emergency shelter situations should be called in to 906-632-1808. Email may not be answered right away.

Jami R. Moran, LBSW

Program Director

Jena McKerchie

Grant Coordinator Assistant Manager for Sexual Violence Services

Jane Cadreau

Lodge of Bravery Manager

Kayla Pelter

Legal Aide

Sheila Kibble

ARC Case Supervisor

Stephanie Shannon

Case Manager

Crystal Martin

Case Manager

Jess Gillotte-King

Community Educator

Ashley Gravelle

Cultural Healing Educator

Faith Goetz

ARC Secretary

Jessica McKerchie

ARC Administrative Assistant

Sylina MacDougall

SVS Secretary

Jessie Barbeaux

Shelter Worker

Claudia Fhlug

Shelter Worker

Kaysie Garnett

Shelter Worker

Paula Crouch

Shelter Worker

Robert Vore

Shelter Worker

Brandon Sypher

Shelter Worker

No, you do not.  The ARC provides services to the victim/survivor or a family member/friend of a victim/survivor and does not discriminate based upon actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Yes, children are welcome at the LOB.  
The Advocacy Resource Center does not charge for services.  All services are free of charge.
The ARC provides services in the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indian's Seven County Service Area which includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Alger, Schoolcraft, Delta, and Marquette counties.
The ARC maintains strict client confidentiality as protected under Tribal, State, and Federal Law.  If an individual is not eligible for ARC services, staff will assist with information regarding other available community resources.  

*Please note ARC service availability is dependent upon funding and programmatic prioritizations.
Yes, the LOB is able to accommodate a survivor's pets in an on-site six run climate controlled kennel.  Pets must reside inside the kennel.  

Part-Time Shelter Worker (2 positions available)

Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
POSITION SUMMARY:

The Shelter Worker, under the direction of the Shelter Manager, is responsible for providing overnight and weekend coverage of the Lodge of Bravery. The position is responsible for maintaining a safe and peaceful environment for shelter residents.

https://saulttribe.hirecentric.com/account/?listing_id=208683&i=0
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PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Position medium with lifting of 50 pounds maximum and lifting/carrying up to 25 pounds. Physical factors include constant sitting, use of hearing, smell, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception, color/field of vision; frequent standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, reaching, bending, and typing; occasional lifting/carrying, pushing/pulling, climbing, crawling and manual handling and driving. Working conditions include occasional exposure to weather, extreme heat/cold, wet/humidity, noise and vibration. Potential hazards include constant exposure to high risk and volatile situations, client contact, computer use; frequent exposure to chemicals, insecticides/pesticides, infectious exposure, needles/syringes; occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts and equipment use.

REQUIREMENTS:

Education: High School diploma or equivalent required.
Experience:  No experience required.
Certification/License: Must have a valid driver's license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver's license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department.  Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Basic knowledge of or ability to learn about domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking required. Knowledge of or ability to learn Company policies and procedures required. Must be able to maintain safety in the shelter for both residents and team members. Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Must be able to work with minimal supervision. Must maintain confidentiality. Must be able to exhibit patience, maintain self-discipline and objectivity. Must be able to work under pressure and handle difficult situations.  Must be able to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisor personnel, coworkers and the general public. Must be flexible and available to work various shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays. Native American preferred.

$15.85 per hour

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
  • Monitors cameras and video equipment to maintain a safe and peaceful environment.
  • Completes emergency intake processes to admit clients into shelter.
  • Ensures compliance with established rules and procedures by clients.
  • Completes incident reports and records a descriptive narrative of incidents that require follow-up by Shelter Manager.
  • Reports various concerns to Shelter Manager.
  • Cleans and maintains the condition of the shelter.      
  • ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)
    • Provides transportation of shelter residents to local service providers.
    • All other job related duties as assigned.
  • CONTACTS:
    Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, customers, outside vendors/service providers and law enforcement personnel.             

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$25

Donation Amount

Leather Moccasin Kit

Contact Ashley Gravelle, Cultural Healing Educator to get a free kit. 906-632-1808

Coiled Turtle Basket

Contact Ashley Gravelle, Cultural Healing Educator to get a free kit. 906-632-1808

Volunteer Program

ARC is looking for volunteers to assist with events, filling traditional medicines, and other productive jobs in need of assistance.

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Brochures Available

ARC program brochures are available for free and can be displayed at your business or for personal use. Please contact ARC to request your brochures today. Brochures can be placed in hair salons, bars, restaurants, nail salons, schools, college campuses, doctor's offices, laundromats, gyms, etc.

L to R: Jane Cadreau, Jessica McKerchie, Jess Gillotte-King, Sylina MacDougall, Ashley Gravelle, Jami Moran 

ARC Staff attended the MMIW March in Grand Rapids, MI for MMIW's Day of Action March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Relatives.  

https://www.9and10news.com/2022/05/05/northern-michigan-tribes-raise-awareness-of-missing-murdered-indigenous-women/


This beautiful piece of art was created by artist Scott Killips from Fort Myers, FL.  Scott is donated his art to the Advocacy Resource Center in his effort to support and promote awareness for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Florida artist Scott Killips donated one of his paintings to the Advocacy Resource Center to show his support in the fight to prevent Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  ARC staff was humbled by the kind donation.

January-Human Trafficking and Stalking Article

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January awareness month focuses on Human Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month.

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February-Teen Dating Violence Awareness Article

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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March-Missing Persons Month Article

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March is Missing Persons Month at ARC

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April-Sexual Assault Awareness Article

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Community Quilt for Residential Boarding School Children

Community Quilt Project Information

The Advocacy Resource Center is seeking community members to create a Community Quilt to commemorate Residential Boarding School Children. Individuals are asked to create 12x12 quilt squares to be sewn together to create a beautiful community quilt to display in September 2022 in honor of our lost children and survivors of boarding schools. If you are interested in creating squares for the community quilt, please contact Jess Gillotte-King, Community Educator for Advocacy Resource Center at 906-632-1808. Squares are needed by August 2022. Miigwech!

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What size and colors are preferred?

The Community Quilt will be displayed for Orange Shirt Day, September 30. The use of an orange shirt as a symbol was inspired by the accounts of Phyllis Jack Webstad, whose personal clothing—including a new orange shirt—was taken from her during her first day of residential schooling, and never returned. The orange shirt is thus used as a symbol of the forced assimilation of Indigenous children that the residential school system enforced. 12x12 squares are preferred and orange is the color scheme, however, all designs are welcome and encouraged. Miigwech!

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What Do I Do With My Squares When Completed?

Squares can be delivered to the Advocacy Resource Center at 2769 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie, MI or picked up by Community Educator Jess Gillotte-King. They may also be inter-office mailed if sending from a tribal entity.

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Where Can I Get Ideas??

The internet has a wealth of information in regards to Residential Boarding Schools. A simple search of "Every Child Matters" will produce ideas.

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View Samples

You can design your square 12x12 however you'd like. You can choose to honor a family member or simply create a square in colors of your choice.

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This event was produced by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Anishnaabek Community and Family Services, Advocacy Resource Center under 2018-VO-GX-004 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.