180 honors the centennial of 100 years of women’s right to vote.

Dear Friends of 180,

The 70 year fight for women’s right to vote was finally won 100 years ago in August of 1920. Despite this victory, there were further challenges as women were discouraged from exercising their right to vote – even after the amendment was ratified and became law.
At 180, we are especially aware of the importance of using one’s own voice to impart change and we are fully cognizant of the importance of our freedom in exercising the right vote. We acknowledge our brave sisters who came before us who, for more than 70 years – in every town, county and state in America, used their collective voices to ensure that the right to vote could not be denied based on sex.
In New Jersey, we were one of the original 36 states to ratify the 19th Amendment which by August 1920 became law. We are honored to celebrate this 100 year anniversary of women’s right to vote which is indeed a hallmark of U.S democracy.
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director

Our path forward continues with you, and because of you.

Dear Friends of 180,
Navigating the challenges of COVID-19 while continuing to deliver supportive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence could not take place without your belief in our mission. Throughout the pandemic, our 24/7 hotlines, Safe House, court advocacy, and counseling programs – for both adult and children, have never missed a day – and moving forward, we never will.
We are grateful to our staff and volunteer advocates who have found innovative ways to reach survivors, while being flexible. When staff and survivors could not be physically present in the office together, we quickly shifted services to offer confidential remote counseling services via phone and video conference. This pivot required staff to learn new technology skills while further building trust with clients as they became comfortable with sharing over these new platforms. Adapting in this way was crucial for us during those months when our State was in lockdown and when many survivors were quarantined with an abuser. For those that were able to reach us during that time, we were able to respond immediately placing the most serious and high risk families into our Safe House. Hundreds of other clients received crisis support via our hotlines, assistance with court advocacy and agency referrals to other community partners. Meanwhile, our creative arts therapists delivered care packages and hands-on materials to our families at home so they could participate in art therapy sessions with their children virtually. We also found new ways to use our agency website to post interactive and supportive therapeutic materials.
This past week our path forward has continued with the return to in-office counseling appointments. Volunteer and client safety are paramount as we work to ensure accessibility of our services to those in need. Adhering to State and CDC guidelines, we are able to provide socially distant, in-person counseling, although clients still have the option of remote/virtual choices. Soon we will launch additional ways for clients to communicate with counselors such as web chat or text. We are prepared with PPE for all counseling staff including masks, gloves, plexiglass sheilds, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and HEPA air purifiers. We have increased cleaning at all offices and have instituted a health assessment questionnaire for clients visiting the office. Likewise, we have reemphasized the need for our staff to closely monitor their own personal health and have created an alternating staffing policy to help insure reduced capacity and distancing.
There is much we look to accomplish in the challenging year ahead, and so many survivors we are determined to reach. Our path forward continues with you, and because of you. We are grateful for your support and appreciate your solidarity in our mission.
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director
Brian M. Nelson, Board President

Stay the Course – Virtual Night for 180

VIRTUAL LADIES NIGHT

“STAY THE COURSE”

Presented by:
The Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club Ms. Race Committee

AN EVENING OF SHARED STORIES, SAILING, SURVIVAL AND EMPOWERMENT.

To benefit 180 Turning Lives Around

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 AT 7:00 PM

Ms. Race 2020Join the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club Ms. Race Committee for a discussion about how women sailors have used the sport to help them overcome some of life’s obstacles. We will be covering topics of domestic violence, gender bias and racism, and the need for inclusion in the sport of sailing.

Moderated by 180 Volunteer, Dara Brown, NBC News Anchor/Reporter, we will explore personal stories of the challenges female sailors are facing in their personal lives and in their sailing careers. Despite the adversity these women have faced, they have courageously “stayed the course” to achieve their goals while inspiring others to reach their potential.

Tickets will be distributed via email and a link to the zoom meeting will be sent to you the morning of the event. Tickets are donation based and gifts of all sizes are appreciated and will support 180 Turning Lives Around.

RSVP HERE:

https://180nj.org/get-info/special-events/virtual-ladies-night/

 

 

 

 

» Learn about the Ms. Race Event in August.

 

Thank You Commvault Friends!

Over the past three months, the Commvault Cares team prepared and delivered over 1,000 delicious and healthy meals to our families. Seeing our families smile during this time while receiving this extra support from our community was so uplifting and truly meant so much to all of us.
One family member expressed, “Because of the meals that were donated, I had extra money available to buy the diapers and medicine I needed that week for my baby.”
Another family member said to a counselor, “I was laid off from my job and these meals held me through until I went back to work and I am so grateful.”
180 is so appreciative for these donations which helped to bridge a really tough time for many of our families who were particularly vulnerable these past few months. 180 sends our love and thanks to all our friends at Commvault.

Thank you NJGAS

 

 

NJGAS has supported the life saving and life changing mission of 180 for decades and we are grateful for their belief in our mission. Beyond the corporate support the company generously gives to bolster our many programs, we have been lucky to have their employees involvement in various events. For example, as pictured below, each year employees donate funds to dress down and wear denim to bring attention to sexual assault awareness. The Denim Day Campaign which is done annually each spring during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, has raised critical funds for our mission and has highlighted the role of 180 in the community.

Also, over the years, members of the NJGAS leadership team have served on 180’s Board of Trustees providing invaluable input, wisdom and creating connections to elevate our mission throughout the community. Currently serving on 180’s Board is NJGAS Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Amanda Mullan. We are grateful for her involvement and expertise.

With the continued support of NJGAS throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, we can continue to make investments in our many programs – especially those that are stretched particularly thin due to the increasing needs from our community.

“Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anybody…even in our own communities. That is why organizations like 180 Turning Lives Around are so important. For victims of sexual assault and abuse, they provide more than help; they provide hope. New Jersey Natural Gas is proud to stand with 180 and support the important work they do to bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault and help those in need turn their lives around for the better.”

Amanda E. Mullan, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

New Jersey Resources

 Thank you NJGAS! We appreciate your steadfast support of our mission.

 

(photos here from NJGAS past Denim Day awareness events)

Jersey for Jersey: Thank You NJ Pandemic Relief Fund!

Thanks to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund we are allocating additional resources to our 2ndfloor Youth Helpline. Calls and text messages have increased exponentially throughout the pandemic and the additional financial support will help us ensure that no call or text goes unanswered. Jersey for Jersey was an amazing concert full of hope and love; we appreciate everyone who donated resources, talent and donations that evening. Thank you New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

Read more about the NJPRF by visitng:

https://njprf.org/news/

Crum & Forster Support 180STRONG

Keeping 180’s mission mobilized in the midst of a pandemic, requires the full support of the community. In an effort to raise funds to support its mission, 180 launched “180STRONG” – a fundraising campaign to foster financial support during this critical moment. Generously kick starting the campaign with a gift of $15,000 is corporate supporter, Crum & Forster.  

 

Gary McGeddy, of Oceanport, NJ, and President of Crum & Forster Accident & Health, was one of three local philanthropists and business leaders that were to be honored and recognized at 180’s annual gala this past May. When the event had to be postponed due to the pandemic, Gary and his company pushed fast forward and accelerated their support of 180 despite the postponement of the event. 

 

“Crum and Forster is honored to help 180. It’s a cause we believe in and have embraced over the last few years. With domestic violence being of particular concern during this COVID-19 pandemic, it was important for us to show our support. 180’s Safe House has been full throughout the pandemic and I understand temporary housing is being expanded in response to the increasing needs. I encourage our community to support 180 during this challenging time.”

 

With stay-at-home orders in place across New Jersey, many victims of domestic and sexual violence are left extremely vulnerable while quarantined with an abuser. The threat of physical and emotional violence is perhaps dominating their lives now more than ever before.

 

“Receiving this generous support from Gary and Crum & Forster comes at a time when our agency and the families we serve really need it” said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director of 180, “Our largest fundraising event of the year was forced to cancel creating a gap in donations, and at the same time, our expenses are only increasing as a result of the pandemic. Crum and Forster’s generous philanthropy really gives this campaign momentum and is appreciated. I hope their participation inspires others to make a gift too. We are forever grateful to Gary and his team not only for this gift, but for the support we receive the whole year through.” 

 

Donations can be made through a mobile device by texting 180STRONG to 41444. More details regarding the 180STRONG COVID-19 Emergent Needs Response Fund, along with stories of domestic violence survival throughout the pandemic, can be found at www.180nj.org. These particular stories help to illustrate why support is so critical at this time. 

 

About Crum & Forster Accident & Health

Crum & Forster, rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best (2019), is a national commercial property and casualty group of insurance companies wholly owned by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Since 2000, Crum & Forster’s Accident & Health has offered a robust portfolio of specialty insurance and reinsurance products nationwide, including medical stop loss, pet, travel and other voluntary and affinity benefits.

In 2012, the division scaled to include international product capabilities through its wholly owned offshore captive facility, Crum & Forster Segregated Portfolio Company (SPC). Situated in the Cayman Islands and registered with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, Crum & Forster SPC is a Cayman Islands company that reports through Crum & Forster Holdings Corporation. Additional global relationships with other Fairfax entities, provide our partners with even broader flexibility in underwriting solutions.

We place a strong focus on product development and creative distribution methods, along with excellent client service and support. The qualities and capabilities of Crum & Forster Accident & Health demonstrate our philosophy of building meaningful, long-term partnerships and our dedication to providing alternative strategies in an ever-changing insurance market.

For more information about Crum & Forster, please visit: www.cfins.com

 

180STRONG – COVID-19 Emergent Needs Response Fund

Dear Friend of 180,
This is an emergency appeal. We know that you are not used to receiving such urgent emails like this from us, and we usually don’t make requests for your support in this manner. However, the COVID-19 crisis has brought new challenges to our mission and you can help us make a difference.
With stay-at-home orders in place across New Jersey, many victims of domestic and sexual violence are left extremely vulnerable while quarantined with an abuser. The threat of physical and emotional violence will perhaps dominate their lives now more than ever before.
For those who are able to reach us, we are learning that abusers are using the pandemic as an excuse to further exert control. We are reminded that during times of crisis, an already abusive relationship can become dangerously volatile. 180 has remained open throughout this challenging time and we have adjusted all of our services so that survivors can have access to the support they need.
PROVIDE STRENGTH
Maria arrived at the Safe House in the midst of the pandemic and we learned that she was a few months pregnant and working overnight shifts at a local grocery store. She left her abusive partner after he began getting more controlling and violent during the stress of the lock down. She worried for herself and her unborn baby. She is now sheltered safely with 180.
EMPOWER SURVIVORS
Alicia made the decision to escape her abusive partner and live with her elderly parents but she suddenly became sick and tested positive for the coronavirus. She couldn’t risk infecting her parents so she had to stay in quarantine with her abuser for an additional three weeks. As she struggled to heal from COVID-19, her partner’s abuse was relentless the entire time. Thankfully she found 180 and she is safe from her abuser and is receiving our counseling services while on her path to healing.
GIVE COURAGE
Karen became imprisoned by her abuser during the early weeks of the quarantine. So many times she considered running out the front door for help, but when she looked out her window, the streets were empty and there was no one outside to ask for help. She eventually found a way to call our hotline. Now, she and her three children, and their pet dog, are with 180 at our Safe House.
TURN LIVES AROUND
Financial resources are needed to help survivors like Maria, Alicia and Karen and we ask for your support to help keep our mission mobilized. Your donation now, will immediately go to work to empower survivors, and will also help us prepare for the spike in hotline calls that we are just beginning to see as stay at home orders are being lifted.
While our largest fundraising event of the year had to be cancelled, our existing expenses are mounting and we have increasing costs due to COVID-19. Donations are especially needed to support emergent needs such as: cleaning and disinfecting activities at our Safe House and across all programs; providing personal protective equipment for shelter staff and all residents; expanding emergency housing, increasing our supplies for food; and ensuring capacity for childcare and related supports due to virtual schooling taking place at our Safe House. Also, we are creating a new service delivery model for advocacy and clinical programs that are private, safe and secure for survivors to access remotely. We need your help to keep our programs mobilized; please consider a gift to support our work.
Domestic violence and sexual assault do not just stop because of a crisis like the one we are currently facing. As we know, when family stressors increase, violence and abuse can quickly escalate. It is in these very trying times that survivors need 180 even more; and we are determined to be there for everyone who needs our services. We appreciate your support of our life saving and life changing mission.
Thank you for your consideration,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
Bob Fouratt
Board President
180 Board of Trustees
Ana Blank
Martha Delehanty
Paul Dement
Kristi Evans
Jim Ferrare
Bob Fouratt
Lauren Goldfarb
Scott Havard
Mike Lilley
Debbie Maser
Diane McNulty
Amanda Mullan
Brian Nelson
Kelli O’Brien
Victoria Perry
Gary Pieringer
Deborah Reinhard
Siran Sahakian
Carol Stillwell
Christina Zuk

Big Joe Supports 180

With over 1,000,000 people here in New Jersey out of work, thousands of business’s shut down and life as we used to know it badly interrupted, things can get a little tense around the house.

I have heard stories of people I know making some bad choices and inflicting abuse on their spouse and family. These are people not known for such behavior. These are tough times and tensions climb.

I first worked with 180 Turning Lives Around many years ago helping raise needed funds for their Amanda’s Easel program which was designed to provide art therapy to those children affected by domestic violence. A terrific program that really worked bringing a calmness and help to those children who needed it desperately.

I was fascinated and impressed by all of their programs and services used in helping those victims and their children of domestic violence and sexual assault. 180 was started to empower those survivors and families affected by family violence and sexual assault to find the strength and courage to turn their lives around. 180 presents help to those with dignity and respect providing their victims with the privacy they need.

Now more than ever is the time to help 180 Turning Lives Around continue their work as domestic violence is on the rise. If you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault I strongly encourage you to reach out to 180. Their website is 180nj.org and their hotlines are:

Domestic Violence: 1-888-843-9262

Sexual Violence: 1-888-264-RAPE

2NDFLOOR Youth Call and Text Helpline: 1-888-222-2228

You can help 180 Turning Lives Around by donating at 180nj.org. Thank you 180 for making a difference.

Read More: 180 Turning Lives Around now more than ever | https://nj1015.com/180-turning-lives-around-now-more-than-ever/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Injustice anywhere, threatens justice everywhere.

“Injustice anywhere, threatens justice everywhere.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dear Friends of 180,
Like many, we at 180 have been in shock at the horrific killing of a black man–George Floyd, witnessed in our own living rooms. This heinous, inhumane act joins thousands of such incidents over a great many years, and any words fall far short of expressing our outrage and deepest sorrow.
As an organization we denounce hatred, injustice, racism, oppression and violence. We value equality, kindness, understanding, and champion humanity in all of its beautiful and wondrous diversity.
We stand united with the black community and are committed to giving our clients, staff and volunteers a voice to help us evolve our programs and services to better support human rights now, and in the days and years to come. And while we may feel despair for the moment, we know deep in our hearts that together we can move forward and in time heal and flourish.
In solidarity,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
#BlackLivesMatter