Pride Month: 180’s Mission and the LGBT+ Community

During Pride Month especially, 180 Turning Lives Around calls upon our community to become informed about the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence within the LGBT+ community.

Abusive partners in LGBT+ relationships exhibit the same behaviors as abusive partners in heterosexual relationships – to gain and maintain power and control through physical, sexual, verbal abuse and/or financial control and isolation. However, in LGBT+ relationships, partners who abuse may exploit societal factors that compound the complex issues a survivor faces in making safety decisions or how to leave an abusive relationship. There are many barriers to reporting domestic violence and sexual violence that can include a victim feeling like they are already under attack for their sexual orientation/sexual identity, threats of being outed, fear that their HIV status may be exposed, the belief that the abuse was their fault, fear of not being taken seriously or believed because of their sexuality, child custody/visitation issues and concern that providers are not informed of issues that are unique to theLGBT+ community. 180 advocates against this and all forms of oppression and we continuously look to build safety for all survivors.

180 Turning Lives Around is passionate about providing an extensive array of services for individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence, regardless of sexual identity, gender, or sexual orientation. Through on-going professional development, staying current on LGBT+ healthcare concerns, and conducting a continuous dialogue with LGBT+ community leaders, 180 cultivates a safe, confidential, and empowering environment for all victims of sexual and domestic violence.

One organization that has recently become a strong partner with 180 Turning Lives Around is Garden State Equality. Garden State Equality is New Jersey’s statewide advocacy and education organization for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Please learn about their mission here . Headquarted here in Monmouth County, Garden State Equality is the largest LGBT+ social justice organization in New Jersey and is helping 180 strengthen our advocacy and outreach efforts. Both as a resource and as an ally in serving the LGBT+ community, our partnership is important. Through 180’s LGBT+ Outreach and Advocacy Project, together we have participated in community conversations about sexual violence in the LGBT+ community, and have co-presented to NJ state advocacy organizations to increase awareness of issues within the LGBT+ community and train professionals in the field. 180 is proud to serve as a vital resource for the LGBT+ community. I am pleased to announce that this September, 180 Turning Lives Around will recognize Garden State Equality with the “2018 Outstanding Community Partnership Award” at our Annual Staff, Volunteers & Community Partners Appreciation Event. As our partnership continues to grow with Garden State Equality and other partner organizations throughout Monmouth County, 180 hopes to increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence in the LGBT+ community as a serious public health and safety issue. In addition, we hope to continue educating the public and professionals about 180’s programs and services. I encourage you to visit our website to learn more about 180 and all of our programs and services. Additionally, if you would like to learn even more, the Human Rights Campaign has excellent resources regarding violence in the LGBT+ community.

Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.

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 Text & Helpline, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing and art, play and music therapy for children.

Happy Mother’s Day ~ Honor Mom with a daffodil planted at our Safe House

As we celebrate Moms and Motherhood, thousands of mothers and mothers-to-be across the country will spend Mother’s Day in a domestic violence shelter like ours here in Momouth County. In addition to a safe place to sleep at night, survivors of domestic violence who are mothers, have a number of other child-related needs such as children’s counseling, safety planning, childcare and schooling arrangements. We continually strive to meet these needs for survivors and their children and seek the support of our community in doing so. Here’s a unique way to help 180 sustain these important services while honoring a special woman this Mother’s Day.
In recognition of your mother, or a mother-figure who has made a difference in your life, please consider a gift to 180 this Mother’s Day and in return, 180 will plant a daffodil at the Safe House to brighten the lives of families staying with us. We will send an acknowledgement to the recipient stating that a charitable contribution has been made and that a daffodil has been planted in their honor. All best wishes for a peaceful and blessed Mother’s Day and thank you in advance for your gift which will brighten the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children. Thank you for your consideration! 

180 Turning Lives Around + New Jersey Coalition to End Sexual Assault (NJCASA) – Hereos for A Safer Garden State!

Join “Team 180” and hundreds of activists, allies, community members and heroes as we walk towards safer communities in the Garden State! The New Jersey Coalition to End Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is hosting this event as a way to support statewide social change efforts to ensure survivors are supported and affirmed. Together 180 Turning Lives Around stands with NJCASA! 180 will have a table at this event – come check-in and visit us before the event gets started! Our Team Captain is Sue Levine, Program Coordinator, Victim Support Services and can be reached at SusanL@180nj.org

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM
in Asbury Park at Convention Hall
(located at corner of 5th and Ocean Avenue)
Event begins at 9:00 AM

Please register to be part of “Team 180” here:
(click icon above to register)

Annual Celebration 2018 A Terrific Success

 


 

Dear Friends of 180,

Thank you for making 180’s Annual Celebration a terrific success! What a wonderful night for 180 Turning Lives Around! With a sold-out room filled with outstanding supporters and overflowing hearts, the evening raised over $330,000 to support 180’s life-saving mission.

Keynoting the event was First Lady Tammy Murphy who spoke about her involvement with 180 over the last 16 years. She discussed the critical need for 180 services, as on average, two sexual assault survivors come forward to 180 each and every day. It was an honor for me to be joined by former 180 Board President, now Governor, Philip D. Murphy who spoke movingly about Honoree Dorothea Bongiovi and her commitment to nurturing body and soul through the work of the JBJ Soul Kitchen. Noted was Dorothea’s special support of 180 and our mission including: helping to build 180’s new safe house, providing meals to families and hosting our annual community event at the Soul Kitchen which brings awareness to the issue of domestic violence.

Speaking on behalf of Honoree Impact 100 Jersey Coast, Deirdre Spiropoulos joined with co-founder Heather Burke to highlight the special synergy that their organization and 180 Turning Lives Around shares. Both 180 and Impact 100 Jersey Coast began with a small group of women who decided to make a difference in their community. With the award of Impact’s inaugural grant, 180 opened the Family Justice Center of Monmouth County, a one-stop shop for critical services needed by victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Many of the guests wore denim to highlight April’s National Sexual Assault Awareness month and Denim Day (click here to learn more). Board President, Bob Fouratt opened the evening’s program by welcoming guests and thanking Presenting Sponsor, Carol Stillwell and Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., and Community Hero Sponsor, Verizon. Major event sponsors included Crum & Forster, Rick and Ana Blank and BTIG, The Diaco Family, The Sahakian Family and The Hovnanian Foundation (see below for complete sponsor listing).

Many thanks to all of our guests and sponsors, Event Chair Siran Sahakian and all Committee Members, Board, staff and volunteers. We are so grateful to you for your dedication which makes our work possible.

Sincerely,

Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.

PS: Did you know that your employer may match your personal gift to 180? Many of our donors have contacted their employer and already this has raised an additional $25,000 for 180! Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you again for your support!

 

Photos compliments of Aimee Burns

A message from our Executive Director: Say #MeToo and RSVP Today


Dear Friends of 180,
Our largest fundraising event of the year is one week away and on behalf of the 180 Board of Trustees, I invite you to participate. Please RSVP HERE. This year’s Annual Celebration on April 20th brings even more attention to the #MeToo movement and survivor empowerment. Funds raised will support 180’s Sexual Assault programs. As you may know, 180 serves every town and every resident who may need us in Monmouth County. We are a community agency and we rely on community support to fulfill our mission.
 
Already this year, we have answered over 3,000 hotline calls, responded with care and compassion to survivors of rape, meeting them at hospital emergency rooms and 53 local police stations. We have counseled men, women and children whose past has been traumatized by sexual assault and abuse. Nearly 200 volunteers work alongside our dedicated and professional staff throughout all of our programs to assist survivors, and so we can be there in a moment’s notice.
Click the icon to make your gift via 180’s safe and secure website. All gifts are 100% tax-deductible.
Thank you for considering joining us on April 20 at The Riverhouse, Rumson Country Club. Your participation in events like this enable us to carry out our mission. If you can’t attend, please show your support by designating a special gift to support victim empowerment. Your participation will help us answer the call in a victim’s moment of crisis. Your support at any level makes a difference!
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around

P.S: follow the link here to learn more about our Annual Celebration and the exciting Live Auction Items up for bid! https://180nj.org/rsvp-reminder-and-live-auction-preview/

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

 

Crime Victims Rights Week / 180’s Cindi Westendorf and the Amanda’s Easel Program Recognized

Join 180 at 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 11 in Asbury Park at Springwood Park as The Mercy Center recognizes 180 Program Coordinator, Cindi Westendorf at the Crime Victim’s Right Candlelight Vigil.

 
Cynthia Westendorf, LPC, DRCC, ATR-BC, is a registered and board certified art therapist with over 30 years of experience working with children and families in crisis. She is the Program Coordinator for the Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program of 180 Turning Lives Around in Monmouth County NJ since 1997. She received her graduate training at Hahnemann (Drexel) University in Philadelphia and has been practicing art therapy with children and families affected by trauma for the majority of her career. Cynthia has been a licensed professional counselor since 1999, as well as, a member of the Monmouth County Disaster Response Crisis Counselor team since 2004. She has received extensive training in trauma treatment both locally and nationwide. Cynthia specializes in interventions with traumatized children and adults particularly those who have witnessed violence. Cynthia has seen 180’s program grow into a well respected and successful service for the most vulnerable families in Monmouth County.

EVENT DETAILS:

April 11, 6:30 PM
Springwood Park, Asbury Park
(corner of Atkins and Springwood Avenue)
The Mercy Center is recognizing 180’s Amanda’s Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf, and her team, at the Crime Victim’s Rights Candlelight Vigil.


In Collaboration with Mercy Center, Greater Asbury Park Community Development Initiative (GAPCDI) & City of Asbury Park
Agenda: Guest Speakers*, Community Prayer, Shiloh Community Fellowship Ministries Choir, T-shirts and Glow Stick for vigil. Information and Resources will be available for Victims of all Crimes

Guest Speakers*

Lt. Delisa Brazile & Kelly Cullari
Christopher J. Decker, Assistant Prosecutor, Major Crimes Bureau-Victims’ Rights
Barbara Suppa, Assistant Prosecutor, Family Division – Victims’ Advocate
Asbury Park Chaplaincy Team- Survivors’ & Victims’ Support
Penny Dees- Survivors’/Victims’ Activist
Cindi Westendorf, Amanda’s Easel “180 -Turning Lives Around” – Victims’ Services


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Although April is Nationally known as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, here at 180 Turning Lives Around we are responding and caring for victims 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. 180 empowers survivors and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to find the courage and strength to turn their lives around. We do this through 24/7 helplines and counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing, art, play and music therapy. Our staff and volunteers are found in the courts, in all five area hospital emergency rooms, and in all 53 municipal police departments.

During the month of April, we are taking part in a variety of activities in honor of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Please consider joining 180 at any one or more of the following events:
 
April 4, 9:30
Waterwitch Club, Highlands
180 to attend SOAR Women’s Symposium and host outreach and education table regarding sexual assault and domestic violence programs.
 
April 11, 10:00 AM
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
180 Turning Lives Around joins Monmouth University students and faculty in the program “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” – an awareness event for sexual assault and gender violence.
 
April 11, 10:30 AM
Hugh Justice Center, Trenton, NJ
180 Staff will be in attendance at the New Jersey Crime Victim’s Right’s Week Ceremony, at the Hughes Justice Center, Trenton, NJ.
 
April 11, 6:30 PM
Springwood Park, Asbury Park
180 Staff is participating at the Crime Victim’s Rights Candlelight Vigil, promoting awareness about services to crime victims, at Springwood Park in Asbury Park. The Mercy Center is recognizing 180’s Amanda’s Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf, and her team, at the event.
 
April 12, 10:00AM
Pollack Theater, Monmouth University 
180 joins the New Jersey Coalition against Human Trafficking and Monmouth University for the screening of the documentary, “I Am Jane Doe”.
 
April 13, 10:00 AM
Pollack Theater, Monmouth University
180 joins the Monmouth County Prosecutor in the presentation of “Get Real About Sex, Consent, and Violence” Jeffrey Bucholtz from We End Violence is the guest speaker. The event is sponsored by the County Prosecutor’s Association of NJ and the NJ Association of Victim Witness Coordinators. Pollack Theater.
 
April 20 7:00 PM 
Riverhouse, Rumson Country Club
180’s Annual Celebration is focused on sexual assault and the #Me Too movement with funds raised supporting 180’s sexual violence programs. Guests to join 180 in solidarity by wearing denim, the awareness color for sexual assault awareness.
 
April, Date TBD
US Naval Weapon Station Earle, Colts Neck
180 joins US Naval Weapon Station Earle in “The Clothes Line Project” – an awareness and outreach event for Earle community.
 
May 5, 8:00AM
Asbury Park Boardwalk
New Jersey Coalition to End Sexual Assault will host their annual 5K Run in Asbury Park. 180 Sexual Violence Program staff has a table set up for outreach and a team of 180 staff/volunteers will be participating in the race.

As always, if you or someone you know is in need of 180’s Sexual Violence Services, including supportive counseling for survivors – both adult and teen, and regardless of when the assault occurred, we are here for you. 180 can assist with advocacy and accompaniment through medical, police and legal proceedings and our caring and professional staff will guide survivors in trauma recovery in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Our 24-hour Sexual Violence Hotline is confidential and anonymous: 1.888.264.RAPE.

Please visit us at www.180nj.org and follow us on and FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates on 180’s various initiatives and work throughout the Monmouth County community.

RSVP Reminder and Live Auction Preview

Now is the time to RSVP for 180’s Annual Celebration – an event this year which will highlight the #MeToo movement during April’s Sexual Assault Awareness month.
Please join us as we honor our two very deserving recipients:
Impact 100 Jersey Coast accepting, Deirdre Spiropoulos and 
Heather Burke and The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen accepting, Dorothea Bongiovi

The Bobby Bandiera Band will set the stage for an evening to remember and these Live Auction items are sure to please!

PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR
Dorothea and Jon are picking concert seats especially for you!  This will be an amazing night with our Monmouth County neighbor, Jon Bon Jovi! Experience includes behind the scenes tour with a VIP Host and an amazing VIP Preshow Reception in the lounge with food, appetizers, beverages and more!

ESPERANZA

Experience this amazing resort in Cabo overlooking the Sea of Cortez. A sophisticated retreat on the shores of Baja, Esperanza offers an incomparable natural setting on 17 lush acres. Winner and guests will enjoy an entire week in this world-class vacation retreat. This fabulous suite includes a gorgeous open air living room with two balconies, kitchen, 3 bedroom/3 king beds and 3 full baths. Resort has a spectacular spa, multiple infinity pools, work out facilities and restaurants on the property.

SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY
Two special VIP tickets at a performance date of your choice (between now and December 2018) will have you cheering Bruuuuuuce! You select any Friday or Saturday night….it will be an experience you won’t forget. Grab your date, the limo is on the way – it’s time to get ready for Springsteen on Broadway! Thank you Bruce and Patti!


180 Turning Lives Around extends our congratulations to Time Magazine Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers

At 180 Turning Lives Around, we are here 24-hours a day, seven days a week, if you, or someone you know, wants to break the silence and receive safe, confidential and supportive services. Our caring and professionally trained staff are available by reaching out to: 1.888.264.RAPE.
To support 180’s Sexual Violence Programs, click HERE

Help 180 Answer The Call

As you probably already know, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. 
All gifts received this #GivingTuesday (November 28, 2017) will support one of our most highly utilized programs – our 24 hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotlines. The hotlines are always available and are staffed by highly trained professionals in the field of domestic and sexual violence and human traficking. Everyday, 180 is answering calls and helping to guide victims to safety. Already this year, we have answered 2,805 hotline calls. The hotlines are often the entryway into additional agency services including: emergency shelter at our safe house, counseling, legal and court advocacy, and programs for children such as our Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy program.
Please donate in honor of #GivingTuesday and your gift will help us answer the call in a victim’s moment of crisis. Your support at any level makes a difference!