Our path forward continues with you, and because of you.

Dear Friends of 180,
Navigating the challenges of COVID-19 while continuing to deliver supportive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence could not take place without your belief in our mission. Throughout the pandemic, our 24/7 hotlines, Safe House, court advocacy, and counseling programs – for both adult and children, have never missed a day – and moving forward, we never will.
We are grateful to our staff and volunteer advocates who have found innovative ways to reach survivors, while being flexible. When staff and survivors could not be physically present in the office together, we quickly shifted services to offer confidential remote counseling services via phone and video conference. This pivot required staff to learn new technology skills while further building trust with clients as they became comfortable with sharing over these new platforms. Adapting in this way was crucial for us during those months when our State was in lockdown and when many survivors were quarantined with an abuser. For those that were able to reach us during that time, we were able to respond immediately placing the most serious and high risk families into our Safe House. Hundreds of other clients received crisis support via our hotlines, assistance with court advocacy and agency referrals to other community partners. Meanwhile, our creative arts therapists delivered care packages and hands-on materials to our families at home so they could participate in art therapy sessions with their children virtually. We also found new ways to use our agency website to post interactive and supportive therapeutic materials.
This past week our path forward has continued with the return to in-office counseling appointments. Volunteer and client safety are paramount as we work to ensure accessibility of our services to those in need. Adhering to State and CDC guidelines, we are able to provide socially distant, in-person counseling, although clients still have the option of remote/virtual choices. Soon we will launch additional ways for clients to communicate with counselors such as web chat or text. We are prepared with PPE for all counseling staff including masks, gloves, plexiglass sheilds, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and HEPA air purifiers. We have increased cleaning at all offices and have instituted a health assessment questionnaire for clients visiting the office. Likewise, we have reemphasized the need for our staff to closely monitor their own personal health and have created an alternating staffing policy to help insure reduced capacity and distancing.
There is much we look to accomplish in the challenging year ahead, and so many survivors we are determined to reach. Our path forward continues with you, and because of you. We are grateful for your support and appreciate your solidarity in our mission.
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director
Brian M. Nelson, Board President

Behind the Scenes at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program

Creative Arts Therapy is an important component to 180’s mission of empowering families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to have the strength and courage to turn their life around. The program is free and confidential. Take a peek behind the scenes at Amanda’s Easel by viewing this video to understand how this program saves and changes lives.

If you would like more information about 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program, please call our hotline: (888) 843-9262

180 Counselors Delivering Needed Assistance and Hope in Partnership With Fulfill

Thank you so very much to our friends at Fulfill for helping 180 provide meals to our food insecure families. Families receiving domestic violence counseling and supportive services through 180’s Keeping Families Together Program are also receiving assistance with meals during this pandemic. In partnership with Fulfill, 180 counselors pick up Crisis Relief Food Boxes and deliver them to our families in need. Our caring counselors include activities for children along with therapeutic prompts to help them through this challenging time. COVID-19 has put additional economic strains on our families who are already experiencing emotional hardships due to the effects of domestic violence in their households. For these families especially, the trauma is compounding however knowing there will be food on the table helps lessen their hardships. Thank you Fulfill for your kindness and support during this challenging time.

For more information about our domestic and sexual violence supportive programs and services, please call our hotline: (888) 843-9262

Volunteer Victim Advocates Needed

Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence:

Applications Available for Next Training Course

 

You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s 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 at police headquarters throughout Monmouth County.

 

180’s volunteer Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) Victim Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence. 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.

 

The mandatory 40-hour training course for new volunteer advocates is being conducted by 180 staff April 21st – May 14th, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm. The Tuesday sessions are being held at the Holmdel Community Center, 6 Crawfords Corner Road. The location for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions is the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road. Training will be provided for free to successful applicants.

 

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 Victim Support Program Coordinator, at tinam@180nj.org or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272. Please mention the town where you reside. Deadline to apply is April 10th.  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 the police departments in Monmouth County.

 

For forty-four 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.

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.

A Soulful Night for 180 at JBJ Soul Kitchen

Dear Friends of 180,
The success of last night’s event only reaffirms what we already know: 180’s model WORKS! 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program is an important component in promoting healing from domestic violence and encouraging individuals to express and understand their feelings and fears in a safe and nurturing environment. Our survivors and advocates were courageous to share their art and creative expressions with us through this event. Please take a moment to view and appreciate some of their works below. More art images are available to view on our Facebook page. Visions and Voices was truly a night of “soul sharing” and we are grateful to all participants.
Special thanks to our caring friends at the JBJ Soul Kitchen for hosting 180 and for their sincere belief in our mission. The Soul Kitchen is known for nourishing souls in more ways than one! Also, thank you to all guests who literally weathered the storm and joined us in solidarity to recognize 180 during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Our programs are successful because they are implemented by 180’s caring staff and counseling team. We thank our therapists and counselors at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program for creating the environment which enables expressive arts therapy to be a part of the healing process. For those of you who generously support our work, we thank you and ask that you continue to include 180 Turning Lives Around in your charitable giving. Your generosity makes our mission possible.
Sincerely,
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.

 

 

Workshop for Victim/Survivors: “Essential Oils and Wellness”

180 Turning Lives Around

presents:

“Essential Oils and Wellness”

An informative, free workshop for victim-survivors of domestic and sexual violence with 180’s  Lauren Lormel, LCSW.

Come learn about the use of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for depression, anxiety, stress management and overall well-being. Gain Information on various methods of applications. Get recipes and opportunity to sample Lavender, Peppermint Cedarwood, Oregano,  Francincense, Citrus Oils, Ylang Ylang and Rosemary.

 

Date:                         Tuesday, September 17

 

Time:                         5:30 PM—7:00 PM

 

Location:                 180 Turning Lives Around, Hazlet, NJ 07730

 

RSVP:                        Please call Elisse at: (732) 264-4360 ext. 4282, Workshops have limited space.

Pre-registration required.

 

 

 

 

Financial Empowerment Workshop: Financial Abuse and Budgeting

This workshop is free and open to anyone age 18 and up who has experienced Domestic Violence and is interested in learning more about Financial Abuse and Budgeting.  All participants will receive a helpful information packet.
Does your abuser…..
  • Urge you or demand that you quit your job or prevent you from working?
  • Stalk or harass you at work?
  • Refuse to give you access to bank accounts and hide or keep assets from you?
  • Give you a set amount of money to spend and no more?
  • Constantly question purchases you make and demand to see receipts?
  • Make financial decisions without consulting you?
  • Steal your identity or file fraudulent tax returns with your name attached to them?
  • Sell property that was yours?
  • File false insurance claims with your name on them?
  • Not pay child support so you can’t afford rent, food, and other needed items?
  • Force you to open lines of credit?
These are just some of the common ways that financial abuse happens. We understand and can help move you towards economic independence.
DATE: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
TIME: 
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
LOCATION: 
180 Turning Lives Around
1 Bethany Road, Bldg., 3, Suite 42
Hazlet, NJ 07730
Please call Danielle to register and reserve a spot for this exciting new workshop that will help you move towards economic independence.
RSVP: 732-264-4360 x 4262 
Space is limited; please sign up by 1/14/19.

Vision Board & Meditation Workshop

Envision the New Year with intention! Join 180’s Lauren Lormel, LCSW, for a restorative workshop to start the New Year! Let go of 2018 and welcome your hopes and aspirations for 2019! This trauma sensitive workshop is free and open to anyone 18 and older who has experienced domestic or sexual violence past, or present. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

6:00-7:30 P.M.

Space is limited.

For more information, and to register, please contact Elisse, at 732-264-4360