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


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  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: 
(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
*evening hours available
Wednesday, December 19


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


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.


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

Event details can be viewed online:


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 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 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.


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.
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.

Holiday Gift Card Drive for Families in Need

You can help 180 deliver holiday cheer this season by donating gift cards to families in need. Your donation of a gift card, in any denomination, will enable clients to gather what they need most for the holiday. For some, that will be the special toy their child is hoping to receive under the tree, for others it could mean tasty treats for the holiday meal, or essential items for their household.

When sending or dropping off gift cards, please be sure to include your name and address so that we may acknowledge your generosity. Gift cards can be mailed or dropped off to:
180 Turning Lives Around
Amanda Finn, Development Manager
1 Bethany Road, Building 3, Suite 42
Hazlet, NJ 07730
On behalf of all of us here at 180 Turning Lives Around, we sincerely thank you for your coninued support. Happy Holidays!


180’s Family Justice Center Opened in Freehold

A one-stop shop to aid domestic violence and sexual abuse victims has opened its doors in Monmouth County and is ready to start changing lives.

180 Turning Lives Around, a nonprofit organization working to halt different types of abuse affecting county residents, will operate a new Family Justice Center out of the county courthouse, located at 71 Monument St.

Before the Family Justice Center, victims in the darkest times of their lives were tasked with navigating the choppy waters of the criminal justice system to seek help, said Anna Diaz-White, 180’s executive director. Now, everything they need is in one place.

“I think it’s going to be a game changer in the way that victims can access services,” she said.

An intake center at the courthouse’s lower level will be the first step, where 180’s staff can ask questions and guide victims in the right direction.

The Family Justice Center is located at 40 Monument St., connected to the courthouse’s parking lot. Different services will be available, Diaz-White said. A lawyer from South Jersey Legal Services is on standby, available to provide legal guidance. Detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will be on-call from the Freehold office to assist in pressing charges and filing police reports.

The building also provides shelter for victims with children who may fear returning home. Access to local food pantries, counselors and job assessment and training are other services now readily available. The two-story-home-converted center will have no public access and will only be open to people who pass courthouse security.

In Monmouth County, the numbers of abuse victims are significant, said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. There were nearly 4,000 calls or reported incidents of domestic violence last year, and family courts in Freehold also heard requests for 1,600 restraining orders from domestic violence victims, he said. Those numbers put Monmouth County sixth-highest in New Jersey.

Diaz-White said her organization receives about 5,000 calls a year and not every incident they hear is reported to police. She said the main demographic for sexual and domestic violence victims is 20- to 40-year-old women. Diaz-White estimated 85 percent of victims in Monmouth County are women.

“We hope that it will stop the traumatization from here on out,” Gramiccioni said. “When somebody comes here, they get direction, they get assistance, they get what they’re entitled to.”

Monmouth County’s Family Justice Center is the fourth such center in New Jersey; others are located in Essex, Morris and Union counties. Diaz-White toured the state with Gramiccioni and elected officials over the past year to find the best solution for Monmouth County.

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), who volunteered as a rape crisis advocate years ago, said the center is a necessity.

“They’re already stressed, they’re already emotionally fragile,” she said of victims. “They don’t need five locations to sort out life and get things moving.”

The building was provided by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders at no cost, said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry. It was previously used as the county’s Weights and Measures offices.

“This Family Justice Center will provide both comfort and justice to these victims and their families by offering so many services in one place,” Burry said.

Plans for the center began when 180 was awarded a $145,000 grant last year by Impact 100 Jersey Coast which will contribute to staffing and overhead costs. Grant money was provided by 145 women who each pledged $1,000 for a greater cause.

The new Family Justice Center is another piece of the large footprint 180 has established in Monmouth County. Main administrative offices are located in Hazlet and a secondary location, the Shore Regional Outreach Office, is based in Neptune.

180 also operates a 45-bed safe house and a 10-family transitional housing center in the county, both in different, undisclosed locations. The nonprofit also partners with Amanda’s Easel, a creative arts therapy program in Middletown.

As Hollywood executives, journalists and other prominent people are being called out for their alleged prior sexual assaults, Diaz-White said it spotlights the importance of the Family Justice Center.

“Of course these make headlines,” Diaz-White said, “but for every one of those, there are thousands of women, men and children suffering in silence trying to navigate their and their children’s way out of seemingly impossible situations.”


By Jay Cook |

This article was first published in the Nov. 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.