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

180 Partners with Hackensack Meridian Health on New Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program

Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director, 180 Turning Lives Around and Aakash Shah, MD of Hackensack Meridian Health meet with 180’s Susan Levine and Darren Averett to discuss  a new hospital-based violence intervention program that will combine the expertise of 180 staff and specially-trained volunteers alongside emergency room and other hospital department personnel in order to improve outcomes for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The program will take place at Jersey Shore Medical Center.
Dr. Shah is an expert in emergency care and behavioral health care, while 180 is Monmouth County’s only State designated lead domestic violence service agency. 180 specializes in trauma-informed counseling and domestic and sexual violence programs which empower survivors to have the strength and courage to turn their life around. 180 is honored to be a partner in this new program which will connect 180 counselors directly to crime victims before they leave the hospital.
To learn more about supporting 180 Turning Lives Around or volunteer opportunities, contact Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development, lynnl@180nj.org.

Day of Giving at Rook benefits 180

Today’s the day!
Thanks to the generosity of Rook, 180 Turning Lives Around is one of the charities benefiting from all sales today at each Rook location. This is Rook’s second annual event, “Rook Gives Day of Giving” where Rook celebrates their anniversary as a company by giving back to the community and donating 100% of profits to organizations making a meaningful impact. We are so grateful to have been chosen this year!
Please join us throughout the day by visiting your local Rook and supporting 180 Turning Lives Around! Your nearest Rook location can be found here: https://rookcoffee.com/apps/store-locator
Proceeds from “Rook Gives Day of Giving” will support our mission to empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence to have the strength and courage to turn their life around.
Your generosity makes our mission possible.

Time to Reauthorize The Violence Against Women Act

Earlier this week those of us in the field of Domestic Violence remembered the great victory in the protection of women’s civil rights: The “Violence Against Women Act” (VAWA) was signed into law twenty five years ago and with its passing helped to establish dedicated funding for programs that assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Some of the programs at 180 Turning Lives Around benefited from the passage of VAWA and receiving those early federal grants helped to bolster our existing programs while also allowing us to implement new services that have helped us reach even more victims in Monmouth County. Without the funding we’ve received from VAWA for over the last two decades, our strategies to empower survivors to have the strength and courage to turn their life around would have been very limited. VAWA provides much needed resources and has enabled our services to better meet the needs of survivors in our community.
The VAWA bill is up for reauthorization this year (it has been reauthorized by Congress three times since 1994) but this year the bill has stalled in the Senate. We at 180 Turning Lives Around along with many other victim-support organizations including, The National Network To End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV) believe the reauthorization of this bill is urgent and to delay its passage is unacceptable and could endanger the lives of the most at-risk communities. I urge you to learn more about this topic and to contact your Senators to reauthorize VAWA. Please follow the link here: https://nnedv.org/latest_update/urging-congressional-action-25th-anniversary-violence-women-act-vawa/
Thank you.
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director

Workshop for Victim/Survivors: “The Power of Journaling”

180 Turning Lives Around presents:

“The Power of Journaling”

An interactive, free workshop for victim-survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, and   also for those who may be concerned about these issues.

 

Come learn how to use writing as a self-healing tool in a supportive environment with Guest Presenter: Victoria Perry and 180’s Janet Lee, LCSW.  Find out simple ways to use journaling to:

  • Clarify thoughts and feelings
  • Gain insights and perspectives
  • Create personal affirmations
  • Reduce negative self-talk

Feel free to bring a friend! All participants will receive a personal journal and a handout on creative  journaling!

Date:                         Thursday, September 26th

Time:                        6:00—7:30 p.m.

Location:                180 Turning Lives Around, Hazlet, NJ 07730

RSVP:                      Please call Janet at: (732) 264-4360 ext. 4281

 

Pre-registration required.  Call soon—workshops have limited space.

Feel free to bring a friend, but please let us know prior to the workshop so we have enough room for everyone.

 

 

Jersey Girl This Saturday! August 3 – Long Branch Boardwalk

Join Split Second Racing and 180 Turning Lives Around on the Long Branch boardwalk for the Jersey Girl Triathlon, Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 6:30 A.M.! The Jersey Girl Triathlon is an all women’s race which in part benefits 180 as some participants not only participate in the event, but they also raise funds for 180’s mission too! For the many courageous women who are participating in honor of survivors and for the mission of 180, we sincerely thank you and wish you the best of luck!
Please stop by the 180 tent on Madison Avenue located next to the Great Lawn on the boardwalk and learn more about 180’s life-saving mission which empowers survivors affected by domestic and sexual violence to find the courage and strength to turn their life around. 180 Turning Lives Around extends a very special thank you to our friend and race organizer, Doug Rice and Split Second Racing for including 180 in the Jersey Girl Triathlon. Doug and Split Second Racing have been generously giving to 180 for many years through this event. Doug and Split Second Racing are previous recipients of 180’s Outstanding Community Service Award! (See picture below here.)
Thank you to Doug and his team for providing this amazing opportunity for women to take part in such a terrific day!
Please come down to the boardwalk on August 3 and join 180 as we cheer on the “Jersey Girls” in this race! We are all looking forward to a great day!

Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence

 

Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence:

Applications Are Available for Next Training Course

 

You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s life-saving and life-changing mission today. 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide confidential support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence in the aftermath of a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the assistance of its dedicated response team volunteers. 180 will be conducting a 40-hour mandatory training course for new Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) Victim Advocates, April 29th-May 23rd, Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm, in the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road in Hazlet. Training will be provided to successful applicants.

 

180’s volunteer DVRT Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. Advocates also discuss with victims safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing empathy and a crucial perspective of the situation, these specially-trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

 

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that they must be eighteen years of age or older, have access to reliable transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training. The police departments and 180 are committed to culturally and socially diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. For an application or additional information, please contact Tina Morgan, Assistant Coordinator, Victim Support Program, at tinam@180nj.org or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272. Please mention the town where you reside. Deadline to apply is April 19th. Applications are also available for download at https://180nj.org/give-help/volunteering/domestic-violence-response-team-advocate/

 

The free, confidential service of the DVRT program is available for victims of domestic violence, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, at police departments in Monmouth County.

 

For forty-three years, 180 Turning Lives Around has been dedicated to providing emergency safe housing, counseling, support, prevention, education, and advocacy in Monmouth County for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please call the 180 Turning Lives Around 24/7 Confidential Hotline at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262. Visit www.180nj.org for more information. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Happy New Year! Put this date on your 2019 calendar!

With a nod to Anna’s Cuban roots, “HavANNA Nights” will be a party to remember! As we appreciate and recognize Anna’s 35 years of service to 180 Turning Lives Around, we reflect upon the many programs she has established and led for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her leadership has guided nearly every local service available for victims and their children. Using nationally proven models in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault, her work has impacted thousands of survivors in Monmouth County. She has garnered the support of a vast number of volunteers and donors, as well as her dedicated staff of counselors and social workers. Anna’s 35 years of saving and changing lives in Monmouth County gives us all the reason to celebrate her at our May 3, 2019 event! 
Please plan to join us in her honor and help 180 continue our work of empowering individuals affected by domestic violence to find the strength and courage to turn their life around.
Invitation to follow!
  • Last year’s event was sold out. Early RSVP here!
  • Sponsorship information to follow.
  • Commemorative ad journal opportunities.