Fundraising Event: “Tennis Classic: September 10”

Three wonderful volunteers have come together with their young adult children to help plan and co-chair this year’s Tennis Classic for 180:
Laurie Buckelew, and son Jake
Pam Salvador, and daughter Sophia
Jane Yu, and daughter Lauren
How wonderful to have families involved in sharing the mission of 180together. Please consider supporting them and 180 in our combined effort to raise funds for our many survivor programs. There are a variety of ways to participate even if you are not a tennis player – join us for lunch, become a sponsor, or underwrite someone else to play. See link below for more information and to register. Please RSVP today!

180 Turning Lives Around extends special thanks to the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club for generously donating the courts and other amenities so that 180 can maximize your donation to our mission. 

Jersey Girl This Saturday! August 3 – Long Branch Boardwalk

Join Split Second Racing and 180 Turning Lives Around on the Long Branch boardwalk for the Jersey Girl Triathlon, Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 6:30 A.M.! The Jersey Girl Triathlon is an all women’s race which in part benefits 180 as some participants not only participate in the event, but they also raise funds for 180’s mission too! 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!
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. 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. Doug and Split Second Racing are previous recipients of 180’s Outstanding Community Service Award! (See picture below here.)
Thank you to Doug and his team for providing this amazing opportunity for women to take part in such a terrific day!
Please come down to the boardwalk on August 3 and join 180 as we cheer on the “Jersey Girls” in this race! We are all looking forward to a great day!

Survivor and Supporter Creative Arts at the JBJ Soul Kitchen October 16

180 Turning Lives Around is planning a unique event during October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to help bring awareness, support and mission engagement; and we need your help.
You can help bring VOICE to the thousands of Monmouth County survivors of domestic violence whose journey has led them to 180.
  • As a survivor, you can tell us of the STRENGTH in your journey;
  • As a volunteer, you can relay the IMPORTANCE of your participation;
  • As a supporter, you can tell us WHY you choose 180;
  • As a staff member of 180 or professional in the field of domestic violence, you can relay WHY your life’s work is essential;
  • As a community member, you can tell us WHAT you hope for in the future…a future free of domestic violence.
  • TOGETHER our collective VOICES create a VISION for tomorrow.
Please consider sending us your sentiment, your expression of support or your vision for a violence-free community by emailing us at
Use the prompts above as your guide and your expression will be included (confidentially if you so choose) at our event, which will take place on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the JBJ Soul Kitchen Red Bank, NJ.
The event is complimentary thanks to the generosity of the JBJ Soul Kitchen and we look forward to seeing you there! RSVP:

180 Workshop: “Nourishing  Mind,  Body and Spirit”

180 Turning Lives Around presents:

“Nourishing  Mind,  Body and Spirit”

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

Come join a discussion and exploration into what we are doing and might consider doing to nourish ourselves. One definition of a holistic lifestyle reads: “choosing to live your life and help heal your body, mind and spirit through natural remedies” Developing a holistic vision, with emphasis on Nutrition, this workshop will consider the interconnectedness of many aspects of our lives and how our  relationship with food might be improved.

Date:                         Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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.

Survivor Survey

Dear Friends of 180,

As a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 180 Turning Lives Around is participating in a statewide sexual assault survivor survey. The survey is brief and anonymous. The purpose of the survey is to help the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault and organizations like ours, better understand and address the needs of sexual assault survivors. If you are a survivor, please consider participating.

The survey can be completed here:

To learn more about NJCASA and the survey, read the press release here:

Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.

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


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

(above: members of 180’s Board of Trustees gather in support of 180 the evening of the event)

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.

“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.”

180 appreciates 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.


Above: Colleagues and friends of generous event sponsor, Crum and Forster

gather with Crum and Forster President, Gary McGeddy in support of 180’s mission.



Above: Former New Jersey Senator, Joseph M. Kyrillos, Jr. (center),

Mayor Tony Perry, Middletown and Freeholder Thomas Arnone

join together at the event in support of 180’s mission.




Special thanks to Lynne Ward and The Two River Times

for covering our event and helping us bring even more awareness to our mission.









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.
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
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


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.