History of 180



The “Founding Mothers” house abused women in their own homes while applying for funding from the federal government to set up a shelter.

The Women’s Resource and Survival Center is incorporated as the 1st federally funded battered women’s Shelter in the country.

The first Rape Hotline is originated in Monmouth County by staff of the Women’s Resource and Survival Center. 459 survivors are counseled.


Ongoing counseling for Rape survivors is implemented.

Drug and Alcohol Counseling for abused women is implemented making the Women’s Center among the first agencies to validate the link between substance abuse and incest, sexual assault, battering and domestic violence.

Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug join the Women’s Center at The American Hotel in Freehold to assist in setting up a legal defense fund for a Monmouth County woman who murdered her husband in self defense.


The NJ Prevention of Domestic Violence Act is signed into law enabling victims to obtain restraining orders for police protection.


The Family Court Liaison Program is implemented to assist victims in the process of obtaining restraining orders. 446 victims are helped the first year.


The Board of Trustees of the Women’s Center launches its first Capital Campaign to raise money for a new Shelter and Counseling Center.

Board members and community partners raise more than one million dollars.


The new Shelter opens with 7 family bedrooms, kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, and a state-of- the- art security system. A Counseling Office is purchased, separating counseling location from Shelter. Nearly 600 victims are counseled in the new office during its first year.


The Women’s Center launches its Offender’s Intervention Initiative for male offenders Alternatives to Abuse” making it among the first agencies in NJ to offer counseling for offenders.

The Abuse Prevention Pilot Program is launched in Keansburg Schools. Overcoming some resistance in schools, the program is offered to all schools in Monmouth County in 1996. 2,351 teens participate the first year.


Project HUGS (Helping us Grow Safely) is launched in Shelter to assist victims’ children with their special needs and to help them overcome the trauma of family violence.


In response to the need for long term housing and supportive services to help families become self sufficient, The Women’s Center applies for a grant from HUD and the NJ Department of Community Affairs. The Center is one of a few agencies funded by HUD in New Jersey to establish a Transitional Housing Program for domestic violence victims.


A collaboration with the Friends of Amanda Foundation results in Amanda’s Easel Art Therapy being offered as a new service for children traumatized by domestic violence.

With a special grant from the NJ State Office of Victim/Witness Advocacy, an Outreach Office is opened in Neptune/Asbury to serve Women of Color. Spanish language counseling is added. The Neptune Municipal Council offers free office space to the program.

The Women’s Center Rape Care Program collaborates with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office to bring highly trained, sensitive and compassionate advocates to assist to Rape Victims.

The first Domestic Violence Response Teams are trained in Manalapan and Wall Townships opening the doors for other municipalities to follow suit. There are now 13 teams representing 28 municipalities.


The Men’s Task Force is formed and implements a Public Awareness Campaign denouncing domestic violence as a crime that will not be tolerated featuring billboards on highways and NJ Transit buses, speaking engagements, and an event at the Monmouth County Jail with NJ Secretary of State, DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. keynoting.


Governor Christie Todd Whitman holds a press conference at the Women’s Center to announce the establishment of a Statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board to study the prevention of murders.


Then State Senator Jon Corzine is among 300 attendees at the 25th Anniversary Gala to celebrate 25 years of service. The event nets an unprecedented $150,000.


The Women’s Center changes its name to: 180 Turning Lives Around, a milestone name change to convey the diversity of programs and services for men, women, and children.

A grant from the NJ Children’s Trust Fund enables 180 to hire a child advocate to oversee children’s services in Shelter and Transitional Housing.


Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline is launched as a pilot program in Matawan-Aberdeen Schools. More than 1,000 calls are received in the first year.


2NDFLOOR expands to all Monmouth County schools. A website, advertisements in local movie theatres and airplane banners on the beaches of NJ are used to publicize the helpline. Thousands see the advertising and calls to the Helpline take a dramatic increase.

2NDFLOOR expands to parts of Philadelphia and Mercer County with the help of Jon Bon Jovi, Congressmen Rush Holt, and Senator Frank Pallone, Jr.

Positive Opportunities for Parenting program is created for female and male survivors of domestic violence.


180 celebrates its 30th Anniversary Year with a gala on the banks of the Navesink River.

The Men’s Task Force launched the “Coaching Boys into Men,” campaign to convey the message to young men to live with honor and respect, while denouncing violence against women.


1st Annual Golf Classic held at Bamm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft, NJ.

The Family Court Liaison Program receives a generous grant from Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which enabled the program to expand staff.

Families in Transition (FIT) was recognized by the Howell Chamber of Commerce as the Service Organization of the Year.


2NDFLOOR is launched as NJ’s first statewide youth helpline.

Amanda’s Easel is awarded New Jersey PALS (Peace: A Learned Solution) grant, which allowed for the expansion of the studio as well as the edition of play and dance therapies.

The Domestic Violence Response Team increases support services to 41 Monmouth County communities.


One Year Anniversary of the 2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline.


The first successful Denim Day Awareness Campaign is launched.

Amanda’s Easel receives a generous grant from The Gannett Foundation, enabling the program to add Music Therapy.


The agency celebrates 35 Years of Service.

Amanda’s Easel dedicates new music studio in memory of William H. Thomas, one of the founding members of Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program.

First Lady Mary Pat Christie selects Amanda’s Easel to create ornaments for NJ’s State Christmas Tree displayed in Washington D.C.


The agency wins the Appellate Court case and starts the process of obtaining the various administrative approvals needed to build a new and increased capacity Safe House.

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. holds a press conference to show his support of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).


Amanda’s Easel receives a grant from The Robin Hood Foundation and The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to help Monmouth County victims who were affected by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.