The Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center (DSVRC) in Chesterfield County recently asked if Court Service Unit 12--Chesterfield staff would be willing to volunteer to assist with its bed sheet drive. This drive was established to support the community of sexual violence survivors of Chesterfield County. CSU 12 works closely with DSVRC in the completion of protective orders filed in District 12 court. They requested the sheets in an effort to help the survivors who typically have their bedsheets taken as evidence in a criminal complaint. This often leaves those folks who are not able to afford more bed linens to sleep on a bare mattress. This program allows DSVRC to discreetly leave a package of brand new bedsheets on a victim's bed, affixed with a sticker stating, “These have been donated by a member of your community." When the package is opened, it also contains contact information for free, confidential assistance from the DSVRC.
CSU 12 Senior Intake Officer Michele Banalett was a major part of the office collection, handling all of the sheet donations and monetary donations used to purchase more linens. She also reached out on Facebook and gathered even more monetary support from her network of friends. CSU 12 donated 32 sets of sheets and provided cash for future purchases.
Photo, from left: DSVRC staff members Victoria Stuhldreher and Lindsay Cassada; CSU 12 Senior Intake Officer Michele Banalett; DSVRC staff member Laura Beth Spaulding.