Thank you, Bond Foundation!

Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services is pleased to announce an award from the Bond Foundation.  The LEON H. AND CLYMENE M. BOND FOUNDATION, INC. is a family endowed Foundation committed to the growth and improvement of Oconto County and its surrounding areas. The Foundation was established in 1993 by Leon Bond (benefactor of the Foundation and founder of the Bond Pickle Company) and Earl DeCloux, residents of the City of Oconto.  To date the Foundation has given over $4 million dollars to support our local community.

Those experiencing domestic violence are now, more than ever, unable to escape abuse as a result of coronavirus.  Survivors and their children may be trapped in homes with abusers, unable to call for help.  Usual resources for seeking help are limited.  Children can no longer communicate concerns with a teacher or school counselor.  Family and friends who might have provided a safe place to stay may now be sheltering in place themselves, often with limited resources and an insistence on maintaining social distancing.  Many survivors may feel as though they have no place to turn.  Rainbow House remains open.  Our Advocates are staffing the crisis line 24/7.  We’re still responding to survivor needs for shelter, food, legal assistance, and safety planning around the clock.  However, the model by which we provide services has changed.  We are now housing each family in their own separate housing units.  This model creates greater safety for survivors as well as staff by reducing the risk for communicable disease transfer.  It is a more expensive model of providing shelter, but a far safer approach.  The Bond Foundation has provided $11,440 for three months of off-site shelter and crisis-line coverage for survivors in Oconto “We’re well on our way towards providing greater safety and access to resources for survivors.  We can’t thank the Bond Foundation enough for their support of our mission”, says Courtney Olson, Rainbow House Director.

If you are involved in a domestic violence situation, the number for Rainbow House is 715-735-6656.  Please call 24 hours a day for free and confidential services.

Thank You, Stephenson National Bank!

Stephenson National Bank, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has generously awarded the Rainbow House a $2,000 grant to support our emergency response work.  This grant was made possible through a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, combined with an equal portion of matching funds from SNBT.  We are so grateful for the community support!



Coronavirus Precaution and Donations

For sanitation purposes, will not be accepting donations of any open or homemade food items or used items until further notice. Donations of new, needed items (cleaning products, unexpired non-perishable food, etc.) will still be accepted; however, it is always a good idea to call, 715-735-6656, before delivering them.  To minimize the potential for virus spread, please notify staff when dropping items off, and leave within the back gate.  A receipt will be mailed to you upon request.

Support Groups Temporarily Moving to ONLINE only

Rainbow House is following suggested Center for Disease Control Guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading viruses.  As such, we’re moving temporarily to an online support group platform.  Those interested in calling in or joining online will be provided a secure link.  Please call Rainbow House at (715) 735-6656 for more information.

Steps to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

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Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

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Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

What you need to know about handwashing link with image of soapy handwashing

More handwashing tips

Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings