MC Meijer makes donation to help sexual abuse victims


From left: Adolescent behavioral health tech Zoe Braselton, Franciscan Health Michigan City SANE coordinator Lori Bridegroom (RN), Vice President of Mission Integration Sister Petra Nielsen and Franciscan Health Foundation Director of Development Deborah Tatum shop at the Michigan City Meijer for supplies to assist Center of Hope patients.

(Information and photo from Franciscan Health)

Thanks to a $1,000 gift card donation from the local Meijer store, Franciscan Health Michigan City officials got a chance to shop for items to help survivors of sexual abuse who come to the hospital’s Center of Hope.

The Center of Hope is a designated space where victims are given one-on-one trauma care by sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) trained to handle such cases. In many cases, clothes and undergarments must be taken for the forensic kit from patients who are coping with a traumatic attack.

The Center of Hope emergency clothing closet stocks replacement clothing and undergarments for these patients. The $1,000 was used to purchase not only clothing, but toiletries, snacks and blankets to fill about 10 survivor care bags.

“I am very thankful for the generous donation to our Center of Hope by our local Meijer store,” said Lori Bridegroom, RN, SANE coordinator at Franciscan Health Michigan City. “We purchased plush blankets, which will help provide comfort not only for our adult patients but our pediatric patients as well. We were also able to purchase many clothing items, including undergarments. Although these may not seem like incredibly important things, to the survivors we care for, they are. It is truly the little things that end up making a big difference.”

To learn more or to donate to the Franciscan Health Foundation to support the Center of Hope, visit or call (219) 661-3401.

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