Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter


Help, healing, hope.


Herman “Winks” Gundlach during the May 5, 1984 Stop Violence Against Women and Children March.

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home offers a safe place for victims of domestic violence and their children. They work to provide ways to access safety and support when escaping violence and abuse. Along with shelter, they offer counseling, advocacy, and referrals to other agencies in the community which work for or with those affected by domestic violence.


The funding for the endowment was granted by the Herman Gundlach Fund. From captain of the Houghton High School and Harvard University football teams to a captain of industry, Herman “Winks” Gundlach Jr. was a man of many passions. Besides being a successful businessman, he was a prominent activist. Winks donated the shelter home facility in 1983, which was named after his wife, Barbara Kettle Gundlach. Upon his death at age 91 in 2005, instructions were laid out about how to continue his legacy of giving back to the community he grew up in and worked in. Through the Herman Gundlach Fund, Winks continues to leave his mark on the community he loved.

To learn more about the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home, please visit its website at