“There was a darkness in our home, but mom and 180 changed all of that for me. As I got older I learned that mom had spoken to 180 Court Liaisons at the Monmouth County Courthouse and she was able to obtain a restraining order.”
“I am now a living example that this program works and it is possible to come through a desperate situation. Now I am independently caring for my children, managing my comfortable home, working full time and continuing my education at a local University.”
“You allowed me to touch my pain and come to terms through art with the sadness I was resolved to keep buried. You have helped in the process of healing from many painful wounds. Amanda’s Easel became a refuge, a place to seek comfort and helped me to understand new ways of thinking. We are a better family because of YOU.”
“Just knowing that 180 was by my side in the courtroom gave me the strength to be there and the courage to face the defendant.”
“I think that the most important thing 180 does for its clients is to empower them. Educating sexual assault victims about their choices is handing them the tools they will need to become survivors.”
To learn more about 180, volunteer, attend an event, or to become an advocate, please reach out anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to speaking with you about the many ways you can help our community. Thank you!
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.
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
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.
180 Turning Lives Around