Miss NJ USA Helps 180 Launch Awareness Initiative

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and with the volunteerism of Gina Mellish, Miss New Jersey USA, together we are proud to launch “Don’t Be Silenced By Domestic Violence” – a community wide Education and Awareness campaign to encourage survivors to reach out to 180 for support. Posters will be distributed to Monmouth County businesses by a cadre of volunteers throughout the month. Today, Gina launches the poster distribution in her hometown of Oceanport, NJ, and the surrounding Two River area. Gina is a strong advocate against dating violence and as a survivor of relationship abuse as a teenager, she speaks from the heart and with authentic passion.

“I am just one example of the one in three women that will experience relationship abuse in their lifetime. But by sharing my story, I am opening the conversation that needs to be had with our young, vulnerable people to help recognize the signs of relationship abuse before they escalate. By taking power back and owning my experiences I have the ability to show that this can happen to anyone, even a Miss New Jersey USA titleholder. But I also want people to know that you can come out on the other side and be okay; there is no shame in the experiences survivors have endured.”

The campaign is of particular importance this October as our community continues to battle the pandemic. Since the emergence of COVID-19 many survivors have experienced additional obstacles to safely escaping an abuser including quarantine, health issues, job loss, and childcare. 180 has continuously worked to ensure that all our services have remained available to survivors throughout, and we want to encourage our community, to not be silenced by domestic violence. Help is available at 180.

In addition to the awareness posters, a series of social media posts will also circulate with the intention of reinforcing to our community that 180 is open and accessible to any survivor of domestic violence, relationship abuse or sexual assault.

If you would like to take part in raising awareness for domestic violence this month and hang a poster in your place of business or help 180 in the distribution process, please email: amandaf@180nj.org

Read Gina’s personal story and her experience with domestic violence here: https://swaay.com/recognize-signs-relationship-abuse-survivor

Learn more about 180 here: www.180nj.org

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)

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

Commvault Keeps Caring!

Commvault Cares! 600 meals and counting! What started out as a three week project to assist our families in the Long Branch area, is lasting now into June and we are beyond grateful. Domestic violence and food insecurity combined with the effects of the pandemic, have left so many of our families especially vulnerable. Thank you Commvault and CommvaultLife for embracing our mission and helping to change lives.


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!







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!



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