Hello. My name is Russelleen Wilhite. I am the founder of  Shirleys Gift,  named after my late grandmother Shirley Ebbert. I am a disabled United States Army veteran, a domestic abuse survivor, and now a striving community activist. I feel the pain that many people feel and don't understand. I started this foundation to help the people who think they are alone. I have come to realize that the issues that seemed so isolated and treacherous to me in my personal life are almost like an epidemic not only in my city but in cities all across the United States.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!


Our mission is to bring awareness to the communities and make significant changes to society. We have teamed up with the Community Rule Non Profit and the Veterans Administration in hopes of combating domestic abuse, homelessness, and providing the necessary resources needed to have a safe, healthy, stable, and successful re-entry back into society.


Our goal for 2016-2017 is to open 3 housing facilities and a soup kitchen in Madison County. Each facility will focus on a certain group: Battered Women and Children, Battered Men, and Homeless and Disabled Veterans. The need to uplift, empower and employ our men and women who have served our country has to be addressed. The financial and psychological issues that veterans and abused men and women have to deal with have to be addressed. The continuing escalation of the homeless population in Madison County has to be addressed.  I am well aware of the job that is ahead of me but I can not sit back and let these issues be flagrantly ignored.


Services will include counseling on education, employment, and housing. We will provide all shelter occupants with personal hygiene items, all toiletries, food, clothing and school supplies for children. By making generous donations to Shirley's Gift you will aid us in lending a helping hand to the most broken part of our society. Thank you in advance for your donations; they are greatly appreciated!


You can make donations via paypal at [email protected]


You can make donations through the mail to

Shirleys Gift

C/O Russelleen Wilhite

204 E 36th St.

Anderson IN 46013


All Donations are tax deductible! Thank you for your donations!