Tai Chi Chih and Meditation for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

180 Turning Lives Around

presents a relaxing and fun workshop, offered FREE to survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Tai Chi Chih and Meditation

with Lauren Lormel, LCSW

 

19 simple movements, easy to learn —regardless of age, experience or physical  ability….

  • Unites the mind, body and spirit
  • Promotes balance & coordination
  • Relieves tensions & stress
  • Sustains a level of calmness
  • Improves concentration
  • Increases energy

SPACE IS LIMITED

Date: Tuesday June 4, 2019  or Tuesday June 18, 2019

Time:                         5:30 PM—7:00 PM

Location:                 180 Turning Lives Around, Hazlet, NJ

RSVP:                        Please call Call: Elisse  (732)  264-4360 ext. 4282 to find out more and reserve a spot!

 

Workshops have limited space so pre-registration is REQUIRED.

 

 

180 Thanks Supporters of Annual Celebration

180 Turning Lives Around held their annual fundraising event this year themed, “HavAnna Nights” in special recognition of event honoree, Anna Diaz-White, the 35 year Executive Director who is Cuban American. Funds raised will support 180’s domestic violence and sexual assault programs including 180’s Monmouth County based Safe House – an emergency shelter and safe haven for families fleeing abuse. Thanks to the philanthropy of more than 260 guests, nearly $300,000 was raised. Major sponsors of the event included: Rick and Ana Blank, Crum & Forster, The Hirar and Anna Hovnanian Foundation and Sahakian Family, New Jersey Natural Gas and the lead, Presenting Sponsor, Verizon. The fabulous Bobby Bandiera Band set the stage for an evening to remember, while the De Tierre Caliente Band added a flair of Latin inspired music during the cocktail hour under twinkling string lights at the beautiful Riverhouse, Rumson Country Club.

180 is grateful for all donors, guests and sponsors who participated in the event. With funds raised, 180 can operate many programs which help save and change lives of countless Monmouth County residents. These programs include: 24-hour Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotlines, the rape care program, sexual violence counseling and court advocacy at the Family Justice Center and school outreach related to safe dates and healthy relationships as well as 180’s teen helpline based, the 2ND Floor Youth Text and Helpline.

 

 

“When a victim in Monmouth County needs help, 180 is there in a moment’s notice to support them in their darkest hour. Sexual assault and domestic violence survivors can contact 180 anytime – we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with our hotlines, counseling, support and advocacy. 180 can be found throughout our community – in all 5 area hospital emergency rooms and all 53 police departments. We respond with care and compassion to rape survivors, and so many other victims of abuse—including domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking.” Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director, 180 Turning Lives Around. “We are grateful for the support of our caring community and to those who sponsored our Annual Celebration. The event provides critical funds and helps to raise awareness of our mission.”

 

   

 

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180 Turning Lives Around is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower 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 2NDFloor Youth Helpline, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing and art, play and music therapy for children.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Like you, we believe that every child deserves a stable, loving, and nurturing home. Sadly, for children exposed to family violence and abuse, they are at an increased risk for physical abuse and other forms of child maltreatment.
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I would like to remind our community of the importance of 180’s Amanda’s Easel Program which supports children and families through the process of healing after experiencing, or witnessing, years of violence and abuse. The program provides art, play and music therapy that promotes healing by encouraging clients to express and understand their feelings and fears in a safe and nurturing environment. Amanda’s Easel is both an intervention and a prevention too, disrupting and/or preventing co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse. Research indicates that in an estimated 30 to 60 percent of families in which either child maltreatment or exposure to adult domestic violence is occurring, domestic violence and child abuse are also being perpetrated.
Our Amanda’s Easel Program Coordinator, Cindi Westendorf, LPC, ATR-BC, has been serving young people at 180 Turning Lives Around for over 20 years. The program’s use of evidence-based best practices helps to ensure positive outcomes. The program teaches young people about healthy and safe relationships, improves communication skills, and developmental tasks, in order to break the cycle of domestic violence and familial abuse. 180’s therapeutic interventions also focus on the adult survivor (parent) developing resilience, knowledge of child development, growth of social and emotional competencies, trauma history interventions, and other concrete supports for parents and children. We have seen hundreds of children and families rebuild their lives free of abuse and fear through our wrap-around services.
If you are in need of 180 and the Amanda’s Easel Program, please call or email us; the program is free and confidential, and we welcome you to learn more.
Sincerely,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.

Cindi Westendorf LPC, ATR-BC, Program Coordinator of the Amanda’s Easel Program,

has been serving 180 Turning Lives Around for over 20 years and our community is in excellent care with her thoughtful approach and best practices.

To learn more  about Amanda’s Easel, contact
Cindi Westendorf at cindiw@180nj.org
and visit:

 


New York City’s Best “Band of Bankers” To Perform 15th Anniversary Benefit Concert for 180 Turning Lives Around

This talented rock and roll “band of bankers” known to friends and colleagues as “Aged Inventory”, was formed by a group of employees at Credit Suisse to play at their company holiday party nearly 14 years ago. Since then, the band has played over 60 shows, raising nearly two million dollars for over a dozen charitable causes. 180 Turning Lives Around is thrilled to have been selected the beneficiary of their 15th Anniversary Concert taking place on Thursday, November 29, 7:00 PM at (Le) Poisson Rouge located at 158 Bleecker Street, NYC.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Guitarist for Aged Inventory and Fair Haven, NJ resident, Steve Kaiman, became aware of 180 Turning Lives Around through his daughter, Sydney, a student at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School who led a volunteer project for women staying at 180’s Safe House. The project, “The Pampered Pillowcase” delivered necessities, gifts and special beauty products to safe house moms just in time for Mother’s Day.
“It was time for the band to select this year’s beneficiary and everything about 180’s mission resonated with us. After learning what my daughter and her friends did for the women staying at 180’s shelter, we felt compelled to do our part and help raise some money to help 180 deliver services to individuals in crisis due to domestic and sexual violence. 180 also runs a teen support text and helpline called, “2NDFLOOR” which is so important and needed in these times. We are excited to perform and do what we can for such a worthy cause.” said Steve Kaiman.
Funds will be generated through ticket sales and donations. Also, a few surprises are in store the evening of the event, including a Live Auction which gives concert goers the chance to bid on two exclusive tickets to one of Bruce Springsteen’s final shows, Springsteen on Broadway on Friday, December 7.

For more information about the concert, or if you can’t attend and would like to make a donation in support of 180 Turning Lives Around, please contact Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development at lynnl@180nj.org.

 

Holiday Wish List – Help Make the Holidays Happen for our Families

Happy Holidays! 
The Holiday Boutique is an event for 180 families where gifts are donated and families are invited to complimentary “shop” for their children.
(click above for link to wish list)

Donations for the Holiday Boutique are to be dropped off at the Cullen Center on Thursday, December 13 between 9:00 – 3:00 pm. Email Amanda at amandaf@180nj.org  to let us know what you are bringing. If you have already been in touch with Amanda regarding your donations, no need to reply again here. Thank you so much!


We are thrilled to host our annual Holiday Boutique at a new location this year and are appreciative to Hazlet Township for generously hosting us at the James Cullen Center, in the Hazlet Municipal Complex, 1776 Union Avenue, adjacent to Veterans Park. We are confident that the new space will improve logistics including the ease of off-loading gifts and deliveries and give us more space to accomodate a growing list of 180 families.
Please save the dates and times as noted below and consider signing up for a volunteer opportunity this holiday season.

 

Thursday, December 13: 
DONATION DROP OFF DAY & SHOP SET UP
(We are requesting and encouraging all donations be delivered to The Cullen Center on this day between the hours of 9:00 A.M and 3:00 P.M)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, December 17*,18*, 19
FAMILY SHOPPING DAYS
*evening hours available
Wednesday, December 19
LAST SHOPPING DAY / CLEAN UP & EVENT CLOSE OUT

 

180 welcomes college students and teens (accompanied by an adult) on Set Up and Close Out Days, 12/13 and 12/19. We are happy to provide letters documenting volunteer hours worked and can distribute these to your student after they complete their volunteer shift. During each volunteer shift, snacks and refreshments will be provided.

 

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Students Launch Special Project for 180 Turning Lives Around


 


Sydney Kaiman, a resident of Fair Haven, NJ and a Junior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has launched a project called “The Pampered Pillowcase” – whose mission is to provide local women in crisis a special gift to show them that they are supported by their community. Sydney adopted this project in the hopes of bringing comfort to women in Monmouth County who have fled domestic violence and who are staying with 180 Turning Lives Around at our emergency shelter. Sydney and her cadre of caring friends, collected donations from local businesses and residents so they could fill each pillowcase with items such as cozy pajamas and slippers, lotions and special beauty products. Each mother at 180’s Safe House received a personalized pillowcase with items sized especially for them just in time for Mother’s Day.

“180 Turning Lives Around is so grateful to this impressive group of young ladies who took the time to make the lives of those struggling in our community a little brighter this Mother’s Day. We know that these gifts will help to bring peace to the women in our shelter during a most trying time in their life.” said Lynn Lucarelli, 180 Director of Development.

 

For more information about 180, or if you are in need of our free and confidential services, please contact our 24 Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 888-843-9262 or our 24 Hour Sexual Violence Hotline: 888.264.RAPE

For youth and teens in our community who are in need of any type of support, please contact our 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline: 888.222.2228 or visit us at www.2ndfloor.org


ABOUT 180’s SAFE HOUSE

When domestic violence forces individuals, children and families to leave their homes, 180’s Safe House is a safe haven. The Safe House, situated in a confidential Monmouth County location, can accomodate 45 individuals for aproximately 60-90 days. There are 12 family bedrooms with private baths, a communal kitchen and dining and living areas as well as laundry facilities. The Safe House has a teen “rec” room and two creative arts therapy studios where childen are counseled. A computer and library resource room provide needed space for homework and job search activities. An outdoor playground and garden make the Safe House feel like a home.


ABOUT 180 TURNING LIVES AROUND

180 Turning Lives Around is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower 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 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing and art, play and music therapy for children.

180 Announces Honorees: Impact 100 Jersey Coast and The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen to be recognized at Annual Celebration

180 Turning Lives Around has announced honorees for their Annual Celebration—an event this year which will highlight the #MeToo movement during April’s Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Impact 100 Jersey Coast and The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen will both be recognized for the unique and special partnerships they have developed with 180 over the years. Impact 100 Jersey Coast—an organization that unites women to make a lasting impact by collectively funding transformative grants in the Jersey Coast region—awarded 180 with seed funding this past year to establish a Family Justice Center in Freehold, NJ. 180’s new Family Justice Center is the fourth such program in the State and addresses the needs of victims while improving the response system in Monmouth County. Accepting the recognition on behalf of all members will be Impact 100 Jersey Coast co-founders, Deirdre Spiropoulos and Heather Burke.

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen has provided inspiration and care to 180 families for many years. While raising awareness about hunger and food insecurity throughout our community, The JBJ Soul Kitchen annually hosts events which raise awareness and support for the mission of 180 Turning Lives Around. The JBJ Soul Kitchen has provided nourishment to 180 survivor-families while ensuring dignity and comfort during critical times. Accepting the recognition on behalf of The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen will be Dorothea Bongiovi.

180 Turning Lives Around will host the event on Friday evening, April 20, 2018 at The Riverhouse, Rumson Country Club. The Bobby Bandiera Band will set the stage for an evening to remember. Guests are invited to dress-up their denim/blue jeans (the awareness “color” and symbol for Sexual Violence Awareness/Prevention) and join 180 in solidarity and support of the #MeToo movement and survivor empowerment.

“The #MeToo movement has received national attention recently and the swell of survivor voices are being heard like never before. When a victim in Monmouth County needs support, 180 is there in a moment’s notice to support them in their darkest hour. 180 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with our hotlines, counseling, support and advocacy. 180 can be found throughout our community. We are in the courts, in all 5 area hospital emergency rooms and all 53 police departments. We respond with care and compassion to rape survivors, and so many other victims of abuse—including domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking.” said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director, 180 Turning Lives Around.

To reserve tickets or to inquire about sponsorships please contact Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development at 732.264.4360, ext. 4230 or LynnL@180nj.org.

Event details can be viewed online: https://180nj.org/get-info/special-events/annual-celebration-2018/

 

180 Turning Lives Around is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to empower 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 2NDFloor Youth Helpline, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing and art, play and music therapy for children.

Funds raised at the Annual Celebration will support 180’s programs including: 24-hour Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotlines, the rape care program, sexual violence counseling at the new Family Justice Center, sexual violence prevention education and advocacy, school outreach related to safe dates and healthy relationships and the 2nd Floor Youth Helpline.

Help for youth is just a text away

The holiday season can be stressful for all, including children, teens and young adults. In these times when youth face enormous pressures at school, at home, in their social circles and beyond, it is important to listen to what our young people are saying. The 2NDFLOOR text and helpline has been there for New Jersey’s 10- to 24-year-olds for over a decade. 2NDFLOOR is the only interactive text and helpline in New Jersey that has professional counselors supervising 24/7, is open to discuss any topic, and is geared toward 10- to 24-year-olds. No matter what problem/issue an adolescent is experiencing, 2NDFLOOR is a resource for them.

This statewide service is operated by the Monmouth County nonprofit organization 180 Turning Lives Around. 2NDFLOOR is a toll-free and confidential youth text and helpline available for texting or calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to all New Jersey young people, ages 10 to 24. Youth can text or call 2NDFLOOR at 1-888-222-2228 to text/speak with professionals and trained volunteers to find nonjudgmental and supportive responses to questions about bullying, unhealthy and abusive relationships, dating violence, mental health concerns and other challenging issues they may be facing at home or in school. The text and helpline is for New Jersey, always answered in New Jersey. and provides local New Jersey resources to youth. Additionally, the website www.2NDFLOOR.org has information and a message board for youth to share their concerns as well.

Keeping open the lines of communication with our young people is vital. It is important that they, their parents, teachers, counselors and other concerned adults all know that help is just a text or call away.

Anna Diaz-White

Executive Director

180 Turning Lives Around

#MeToo / Save the Date 4.20.18

With the Bobby Bandiera Band setting the stage for an evening to remember, 180’s Annual Celebration promises to be a special night to raise funds for our mission. This is our moment to say, enough is enough, and make our voices heard! Join 180 in solidarity and take action locally as part of the global #MeToo movement – together we can all make a difference.
Email amandaf@180nj.org to be placed on the early RSVP list. Invitation to follow.
Funds raised will support 180’s….. 
  • Rape care program
  • Sexual violence prevention education and advocacy
  • School outreach related to safe dates and healthy relationships
  • 24-hour Sexual and Domestic Violence Hotlines

A gift to 180 this Holiday Season….

$50 – helps a domestic or sexual violence survivor receive counseling with a licensed professional.

$75 – Provides crisis intervention, information and referrals to a rape survivor at all five area hospital emergency rooms after an assault.

$100 – helps to fund a counseling session which educates victims about restraining orders and prepares them for their day in court.

$250 – enables 180’s 2nd Floor Youth Helpline to visit a high school and distribute educational materials and information regarding topics such as suicide, safe dates and healthy relationships.

$500 – provides one of our art studios at 180’s Amanda’s Easel Program with paint, clay, canvases, puppets and all of the items our therapists need to work with our children.

$1,000 – provides a family with emergency shelter, food and supportive services at 180’s Safe House.