Bright Futures Annual Celebration

Annual Celebration Postponed: Spring 2021

Dear Friend of 180,
We have made the decision to postpone our Annual Celebration to spring 2021 and will provide you with more details in the months ahead. We look forward to safely reconvening under more positive, and hopeful circumstances.
We are grateful to have the ongoing support of our three event honorees Gary McGeddy, Kelli O’Brien, and Laurie Tietjen, and we look forward to giving them the recognition they deserve when we reschedule this event. Our thoughts are especially with Kelli as she mobilizes her healthcare team at Riverview Medical Center during this fight against coronavirus in our community. Our most sincere wishes for courage and strength are with her, and all those on the frontline every single day.
While there will not be a 2020 Annual Celebration, we are hopeful that you will find alternative ways to embrace our mission in the weeks and months ahead.
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
Robert Fouratt
President, Board of Trustees
Bright Futures Annual Celebration

Play Therapy with 180

180’s Play Therapist Liz, put together a project that our families can do at home with their child. It’s a great conversation starter about sharing their feelings. With a color key, you can instruct your child to “Color your heart to show how you are feeling right now.” It’s good to explain that we can have a variety of emotions at the same time in different amounts. When your child is finished, ask her or him to tell you about the drawing. You can usually get them to expand on a response by saying, “Tell me more.” You can make your own observations – “I see there is a lot of blue, so you’re really feeling nervous. Can you tell me about that?” Listen to what is said and respond in a calm, age-appropriate manner. Children take their cues from adults. “A lot of people are feeling nervous, but I’m here to keep you safe. You can always come and talk with me.”

For more information about 180’s programs for children, please call our hotline: (888) 843-9262


Program Operations at 180 During COVID-19

March 23, 2020
180 Turning Lives Around is here for you. We know that you may need our domestic violence and sexual assault services now more than ever. We are making a few temporary shifts to some of our services in response to local closures and to minimize the risk of virus transmission. We will continue to make decisions and plans based on information and directives from the CDC, federal, state and local healthcare professionals, the Governor’s Office, Monmouth County and local municipalities. We are following social distancing practices to help protect the health of our staff, our clients, and the community. Here is an update on our programs and operations:
Counseling, Family Justice Center, Family Court Liaison Program and Case Management
Survivors currently receiving services will continue receiving services remotely, either individually and in safe distance from one another, or by phone.
Support groups have been postponed at this time. We encourage survivors who are looking to begin services to call our hotline. A counselor will discuss your individual needs.
Parent and child creative arts therapy through 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Art Therapy Program will be implemented remotely.
Temporary Restraining Orders
Temporary Restraining Orders will be done at local Police Departments 24/7. Please know that a 180 advocate is available to support you via phone.
Our trained counselors are here for you. You can immediately reach our hotlines for support 24/7 as follows:
Domestic Violence:
Sexual Violence:
2NDFLOOR Youth Call and Text Helpline:
Safe House
Our emergency shelter is completely operational. Please contact our hotline if you need these services. In an immediate emergency, call 911.
Crisis Response Team Accompaniments at Police and Hospital
Accompaniments are being conducted by phone both at hospital emergency rooms and police departments. For survivors with questions about the sexual assault exam and evidence collection, you can call our hotline. Survivors are continuing to receive the medical, law enforcement and 180 support they require 24/7.
Donations of In-kind Items During This Time
180 is limiting the collections of donated, in-kind items at this time and restricting all visitor access to our offices.
Special Note
Domestic violence and sexual assault do not just stop because of a crisis like the one we are currently facing. In fact, when family stressors increase, violence and abuse can quickly escalate. It is these very trying times that a survivor needs 180 even more; and we are determined to be there for everyone who needs our services.

For the most up to date announcements on our programs and services, please periodically check the link here: