Sending Love and Thanks to Our Friends at the JBJ Soul Kitchen

Many of our families who are surviving domestic violence have been especially affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. Our good friends at the JBJ Soul Kitchen Red Bank have stepped in to help 180 by preparing meals for our food insecure families. A special thank you to everyone involved in making this happen for us and a special shout out to Wendy at the Soul Kitchen for her great help this week!

 

The Soul Kitchen is known for nourishing souls in more ways than one! As most of you know, the JBJ Soul Kitchen is a community restaurant featuring fresh, healthy ingredients, and they serve these meals to in-need customers through volunteer work, or to customers paying through donations. Dining at JBJ Soul Kitchen provides an opportunity for all to EAT WELL and DO GOOD. We can’t wait to rejoin our friends at Soul Kitchen once this pandemic is behind us. Sitting in their dining room is like sitting in a good friend’s kitchen…..come on in and stay awhile. We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Love,

180

 

 

 

 

Commvault Cares About 180

When the Commvault Cares Team heard that 180 Turning Lives Around needed food donations to help our families in the Long Branch area, Commvault employees quickly assembled to prepare meals in their Tinton Falls headquarters for our fifty families in need. After the meals were prepared, employees then packed their cars and safely delivered these delicious and nutritious meals this past week. A young teen arrived on his bicycle to retrieve the meals for his mom and siblings. As he drove off, it was an emotional moment. One employee commented that they felt honored to be able to help 180 in this way, while another had said this moment brought tears to her eyes.

Since the need for food is so critical for these particular families, Commvault and their dedicated and caring employees, will be delivering meals to our families three times a week for the next three weeks! Thank you Commvault!

 


180 Turning Lives Around empowers survivors and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to find the courage and strength to turn their lives around. 180 supports this mission through: 24/7 hotlines – including the 2ND Floor Youth Helpline, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing and art, play and music therapy for children. 180 Turning Lives Around is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization


If you are in need of 180’s domestic or sexual violence programs and services, or if you are concerned about someone who may need our help, please contact our 24 hour free and anonymous confidential hotline:

Domestic Violence: (888) 843-9262 | Sexual Violence: (888) 264-7273

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Text Available: (732) 977-2766


Thank you Commvault!

180 appreciates you!

Making a difference!

 

 

Jersey 4 Jersey – A message from First Lady Tammy Murphy

Dear Friends of 180,

I am sharing with you a note below from our First Lady Tammy Murphy, regarding the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and tonight’s Jersey 4 Jersey Concert. We can’t wait to tune in! As you may know the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund is providing financial support to our first responders and non-profits on the front lines serving COVID-19 impacted communities across our State. Please read the message below for more information about the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and how you can help.

Sincerely,

Anna Diaz-White

Executive Director


A message from New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy:

Family and Friends,

New Jersey is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. We have lost nearly 5,000 precious lives and had nearly 100,000 residents test positive, giving us the tragic distinction as the second most COVID-19 impacted state in the world’s most impacted country. Four weeks ago, we created the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (www.njprf.org) to help bring resources to those most affected.

Today, April 22nd at 7pm (EST), our fund will host an advertisement free, hour long event featuring an array of New Jersey‘s top talent (Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Handler, Chris Rock and more). This event will give a virtual hug to our entire state, instill Jersey pride, honor our essential workers and raise money to help. Importantly, every online dollar received goes straight to those most in need, thanks to the generous underwriting of expenses by one of our major donors. Please tune in and celebrate New Jersey for this unprecedented hour. You can watch on most regional news and radio stations (see the full list at https://njprf.org/) as well as AppleTV, AppleMusic and E Street Radio on Sirius XM.

Following the event, our fund is partnering with HQ Trivia for a Special New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund Takeover game tomorrow at 9pm. This game will consist of twelve New Jersey specific questions, and Trivia HQ will donate $1 to our fund for every player who participates. Please share the iPhone or Android app with everyone you know and ask them to show up a few minutes before 9pm. Join the game, learn some fun New Jersey trivia and support our fund simply by being present.

On behalf of one and all, I am beyond grateful for your help. We are Jersey strong!

Tammy

Behind the Scenes at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program

Creative Arts Therapy is an important component to 180’s mission of empowering families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to have the strength and courage to turn their life around. The program is free and confidential. Take a peek behind the scenes at Amanda’s Easel by viewing this video to understand how this program saves and changes lives.

If you would like more information about 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program, please call our hotline: (888) 843-9262

Caring for our Families

180 Turning Lives Around’s hotlines all remain available 24/7 to help those in crisis and to answer any questions you may have. Domestic Violence: (888) 843-9262 | Sexual Violence: (888) 264-7273 | 2NDFLOOR® Youth: (888) 222-2228 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Text Available: (732) 977-2766

180 Counselors Delivering Needed Assistance and Hope in Partnership With Fulfill

Thank you so very much to our friends at Fulfill for helping 180 provide meals to our food insecure families. Families receiving domestic violence counseling and supportive services through 180’s Keeping Families Together Program are also receiving assistance with meals during this pandemic. In partnership with Fulfill, 180 counselors pick up Crisis Relief Food Boxes and deliver them to our families in need. Our caring counselors include activities for children along with therapeutic prompts to help them through this challenging time. COVID-19 has put additional economic strains on our families who are already experiencing emotional hardships due to the effects of domestic violence in their households. For these families especially, the trauma is compounding however knowing there will be food on the table helps lessen their hardships. Thank you Fulfill for your kindness and support during this challenging time.

For more information about our domestic and sexual violence supportive programs and services, please call our hotline: (888) 843-9262

Home with your abuser during COVID-19? Read these safety tips. 180 is here for you. 

For help developing a personalized safety plan for you and your children, call our Domestic Violence Hotline at 888-843-9262. 

Below is a list of safety recommendations that many domestic violence agencies are sharing with their community in light of COVID-19 and domestic violence:

  • If you or your family members are in immediate danger, call 911
  • Keep your phone charged and on you at all times. Know where your charger is, or keep it stored in an easy-to-grab go-bag. Keep a few safe phone numbers written down on paper in your car or go-bag in case you don’t have your phone with you.
  • Remember to turn off your phone (and other devices) and GPS when leaving for safety.
  • Turn off childrens’  phones or devices that have GPS.
  • Identify safe ways out of each room, including windows if necessary. Make sure that these pathways are cleared.
  • When violence occurs, lead your abuser to a safe room that has an exit path. Avoid rooms that have items that could be used as weapons (kitchens, garages), avoid rooms that have lots of hard surfaces (kitchens, bathrooms), and try to avoid rooms that only have one exit that can be blocked (second-story bedrooms, closets).
  • Identify a code word to use with children so they know to leave the room/home and go to a trusted neighbor. Plan a code word with trusted friends or family outside of the home that indicates you are in danger and need help.
  • Identify transportation options. Keep your car’s gas tank full, and back in to your parking spot/driveway so that it’s easier to drive away. Identify a safe spot for your keys. Make plans with a trusted person who can pick you up.
  • Pack a go-bag. Possible items to include: extra sets of clothing for you and your children; items for any pets you will take with you, copies of important documents and/or IDs, medications, an extra set of keys, a written list of safe phone numbers, and extra cash in case your partner cuts off your credit cards or phone pay apps. Important documents include a copy of any restraining orders, medical records, and documentation of abuse. Keep the go-bag in a hidden but easy to reach location.
  • Document any abuse, including harassment or stalking. Take screenshots, make notes, and store these in a safe place. If you feel comfortable, report to police.
  • As people move to using technology more in place of physical interaction, please practice tech safety. Protect your passwords, or change them if your abuser has access to them. Make your accounts as private as possible. Assume that any communication with your abuser can be documented by them and used against you. Visit techsafety.org for additional safety tips.
  • Keep yourself and others safe by following the latest health guidelines and recommendations. This includes wiping down frequently used surfaces vigorously and washing your hands often. For up-to-date information visit www.cdc.gov, or www.nj.gov/health.

180 Turning Lives Around’s hotlines all remain available 24/7 to help those in crisis and to answer any questions you may have. Domestic Violence: (888) 843-9262 | Sexual Violence: (888) 264-7273 | 2NDFLOOR® Youth: (888) 222-2228 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Text Available: (732) 977-2766

Supporting Survivors: never cancelled.

We will never cancel supporting survivors. Recently we had to cancel our Annual Celebration – our largest fundraising event of the year, but we will never cancel supporting survivors. For over forty years, 180 has been supporting survivors, and the coronavirus is not going to stop us.
Our services are needed now more than ever. Sadly we can confidently make this prediction: when family stressors increase, abusers get more abusive, and families are in greater danger. Right now many victims are trapped in their homes with their abusers. Escape plans that had been in progress are now on hold. Even breaking free for a private moment to reach out to our hotline is a frightening challenge. Yet victims are still reaching out to us and we are ready and receiving their calls for help. We also expect that as the “shelter in place” order lifts, we will experience a spike in the number of victims seeking our support and services. We will continue to be ready at a moments notice for anyone who needs our help.
So while our Annual Celebration is cancelled, supporting survivors is never cancelled:
  • Our hotlines are open;
  • Our emergency Safe House is fully operational;
  • Families living in transitional housing are receiving consistent advocacy and frequent check-ins;
  • Our therapists are delivering counseling from safe and secure remote work spaces;
  • We are partnering with our local police departments and our local hospitals to provide a 180 advocate to any resident of Monmouth County who needs our support;
  • We are making sure that anyone who needs a temporary restraining order during this time gets the guidance they need;
  • We are rotating our crisis response team advocates every single day, and making sure that we are prepared to support any victim of sexual assault whether they present at the police station, hospital emergency room, or phone us through our sexual assault hotline.
180 is here for our community. For the most up to date announcements on our programs and services during the pandemic,
To contribute to our mission, please visit: Support 180.
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.
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
Robert Fouratt
President, Board of Trustees
Bright Futures Annual Celebration