Jersey Girl Triathlon

Join 180 Turning Lives Around on the Long Branch boardwalk for the Jersey Girl Triathlon tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7:00 A.M.! The Jersey Girl Triathlon is an all women’s race which in part benefits 180. Also, some participants in the race choose to not only participate in this challenging event, but they also fundraise for 180’s mission too! 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. 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 tomorrow!
 

 

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. In fact, last September Doug and Split Second Racing were awarded with 180’s Outstanding Community Service Award at our Annual Volunteer, Staff and Community Partners Reception at the Asbury Park Surf Club. (See picture above here.) Thank you to Doug and his team for providing this amazing opportunity for women to take part in such a terrific day!
If you are not participating in the triathlon, please come down to the boardwalk anyway and join 180 as we cheer on the “Jersey Girls” in this race! We are all looking forward to a great day!

To learn more about 180, volunteer, attend an event, or to become an advocate, please reach out anytime to lynnl@180nj.org. We look forward to speaking with you about the many ways you can help our community. Thank you!

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

Jennifer stayed at 180’s Safe House

Dear Friends of 180,
Warm winter greetings from 180 Turning Lives Around!
This Holiday Season, I would like for you to meet Jennifer. Her name and identifying details have been changed to protect her for purposes of this story, but her experience with us is real. Her life forever changed for the better because of individuals like you who choose to support our mission. You make her story, and so many more like hers, possible. It is especially important for us to say thank you during this holiday season and to ask for your continued support on behalf of our neighbors in Monmouth County who will need our help in the coming year. Without you, we simply could not continue to change and save lives here in our community.
On behalf of the 180 Board of Trustees, staff and all of our survivor-families, we wish you a peaceful and safe new year.
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around
I came to 180 and stayed in their Safe House. I was pregnant with my first child. It wasn’t the first time he was violent, but this time he strangled me. I left him and found 180. The staff at the Safe House gave me the tools I needed to start anew. Safety and a place to stay at first, but the longer, more lasting benefits were the tools I was given to make sure that I lived a life free from abuse; self-confidence, inner strength, renewal and hope. These tools would set me free and would allow me to carve out a life away from him and safe for me and my baby. I gave birth while staying at the Safe House and thanks to 180 my son and I will be celebrating our first holiday together – on our own and safe. I will never forget my time with 180 and all of the guidance and support I received. While the first days of my motherhood were spent at 180’s Safe House, my infant and I were exactly where we were meant to be.
Jennifer’s story has been altered to protect privacy and safety. Names have been changed to preserve anonymity.

Women Make an Impact

Dear Friends of the Two River Area,

180 is truly humbled to have been selected the recipient of the inaugural Impact 100 grant. It was an absolute honor for me to share 180’s vision for a new model of service and justice for individuals impacted by domestic violence in Monmouth County. Impact 100 Jersey Coast is clearly an innovative group of societal change-makers. The tenor of this passionate group of diverse women reminded me very much of the cohort of feminists who founded 180 many decades ago. Our activists back then actually picked domestic violence victims up in their cars and brought them into their own homes. Totally grass roots with no model to follow. However, 180’s work was recognized and we were the first federally funded battered women’s shelter in the country – right here in Monmouth County! Since then 180 has been the leader in building community partnerships, service and intervention programs and crisis response for healing and recovery.

With the Impact 100 grant, 180 will establish a Family Justice Center (FJC). FJCs are a national model that have been proven to work and save lives. A Family Justice Center is a collaboration with law enforcement, lawyers, counselors, and child abuse specialists, all under one roof. Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking can go to a Family Justice Center and obtain most of the services they need, the same day.  Everyone collaborates in real time, right then and there, not in a few days, a week or a month. A Family Justice Center is proven to: reduce homicides, reduce recidivism (repeat offenses), reduce the barriers and fragmentation of service and they reduce trauma and the re-victimization of victims and their children. Family Justice Centers increase victim safety and increase conviction rates. Family Justice Centers save lives!

I would like to extend my sincere regards and utmost respect to the other competing nonprofit organizations that do so much incredible good throughout our community – it was an honor to stand alongside of each of you. We all are making a positive impact in Monmouth County! On behalf of all survivors of domestic and sexual violence, we thank Impact 100 Jersey Coast for providing this opportunity and for believing in our plan. Together we unite to establish a Family Justice Center in Monmouth County.

Sincerely,

Anna Diaz-White

Executive Director

180 Turning Lives Around

Our First Thanksgiving at the new Safe House

Dear Friends of 180,
It’s our first Thanksgiving at the new Safe House – how blessed we are this year! Thanks to your support, our families are celebrating together. They are planning the menu as I write this note to you – and setting a special table, one that for the first time in 40 years, is large enough to accommodate all of them for this gathering. They will take turns at the stove while pausing to watch each other’s children – telling stories and sharing traditions. We have a newborn baby girl with us this Thanksgiving and a toddler who is just learning how to walk. The teens will be playing video games in the Game Room as the aroma of freshly baked pies fill the home that you helped us to build. Our families are so grateful for this home – a true safe haven to protect them this Thanksgiving Season. What a blessing for them to be among others who, like them, have taken the brave steps needed to turn their life around after years of abuse and violence. There is a profound sense of strength and hope that results from going through the same life challenges and overcoming them too.
This is our family. Parts of this Thanksgiving celebration may sound a lot like yours. Although our families will never celebrate together again, we all share the special bonds of family. Soon our families will leave us to start anew….each going in a different direction to begin a life free of violence and abuse. And for this we are especially grateful. I know you are too.
It is in this spirit of Thanksgiving, that 180 is especially thankful to you for your many gifts of support throughout the year that enable moments like this to take place. On behalf of the Monmouth County families and children that 180 serves, please accept our sincere thanks and best wishes for a peaceful Thanksgiving with your family.
With warm regards,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director