<![CDATA[Beacon of Hope Crisis Center - Blog]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:22:26 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Introducing Karen!]]>Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/introducing-karenBy Katie Foley
Introducing Karen Jenks-Scrougham, Beacon of Hope’s controller. Karen has a Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Accounting from Purdue and Marion University. Along with her Bachelor’s degrees, she holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

As the controller, Karen manages our finances at Beacon of Hope. From payroll to bills, Karen is our go-to for finance or even math related questions. It’s easy to say that Karen is the perfect addition to our team and helps out in so many ways.
Her favorite resource at Beacon of Hope is the fact that we have advocates that are constantly communicating with those in need. Seeing people receiving help in hard times and having someone to lean on is a tremendous help for victims and allows them to receive the help they deserve.
A fun fact about Karen is that she adopted her son, now 20, from China in 2002. He currently studies at Ball State! #chirpchirp
<![CDATA[Post Event Recap! #giveabusetheboot]]>Sun, 29 Oct 2017 21:32:59 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/post-event-recap-giveabusethebootPhotography by Montana Watson
The first annual Give Abuse The Boot gala raised $33K dollars for Beacon of Hope Crisis Center held October 5th during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Thursday evening event included a dinner and auction at Barn at Bay Horse Inn for 250 participants. The top raffle item, raising $2,100, was an amazing golf package consisting of a Solar Sources Golf Hat and Golf Polo, Golf Balls, Golf Towel, Ping 400 Custom Driver donated by Bunker Run Golf Course, and a $400 Value Course Play at Hillcrest Country Club Golf Course with Golf Carts included.
Beacon of Hope’s Board Chair, Jackie Bowman Ponder, entertained the crowd and auctioned off a one-week Pensacola Florida Condo getaway donated by Mike McKinnon, David Yurman earrings donated by Reis Nichols-Greenwood and a Pacers package with winners choice of game night!
The Give Abuse The Boot Gala hosted more than 250 guests and featured emcee Lauren Casey of WRTV6.  Guests were entertained by “Tastes Like Chicken” Dance Band’s “Chicken Bone” performing acoustic pop rock in the saloon.  The highlight of the evening was, Amy McInerny, a survivor who spoke about her featured art sculpture which she created as a part of her healing journey receiving services as a client at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center.
“We are truly blessed. The generosity of our guests is so appreciated. The support of all of our sponsors and the dedication of all our board members and volunteers is what made this first initial event such a success,” said Sandra Ziebold – CEO, Beacon of Hope Crisis Center. “We feel fortunate to be able to have these funds to better serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.  The funds will assist us with our focused advocacy services and growth in our Teen Talk Program for our Central Indiana youth; including increased collaborative work with college campus partners.”
The Events Committee for Give Abuse The Boot wants to again give recognition to our sponsors which included, K-LOVE Radio, IndyVet Emergency and Specialty Hospital, Greg Hubler Chevrolet, Myers for Mayor, Indiana Originals, Bowman Family Holdings, Eagle Creek Animal Clinic, Republic National Distributing Company, Vino Villa, The Food Guys Catering Co., Spotlight Strategies, Qtego Auction Services and many generous corporate and individual table sponsors.

<![CDATA[KLOVE Share The Love Award]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/klove-share-the-love-awardBy Sandra K. Ziebold
On October 26th, I was invited to attend the Q Commons Indianapolis evening event at the Skyline Club.  Q Commons is a gathering of positive individuals and servant leaders, listening and discussing topics including healing our divided nation and advancing good.  At this event KLOVE presented me with the Share the Love Award recognizing Beacon of Hope Crisis Center for our positive impact in the community.

Thank you KLOVE Radio for this award of recognition!
<![CDATA[Start A Conversation About Domestic Violence]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/start-a-conversation-about-domestic-violenceBy Savannah Tipton
Domestic violence is present in all communities regardless of age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, or nationality. Despite its prevalence we still have a hard time talking about it. We cannot begin addressing the problem if we cannot have a conversation about it. What can you do? It’s simple, you can start by learning more about domestic violence today.

Domestic violence is a systematic pattern of power and control in any intimate relationship. Abuse can be physical, emotional/psychological, verbal, financial, spiritual, or sexual. There may be no physical marks that someone is abused and each situation is unique.  Since the effects of domestic violence can be hidden, we need to stand together and speak up against domestic violence.

The cycle of abuse helps us to understand the patterns of domestic violence. It starts with tension building, a period that might include verbal abuse as the abuser becomes agitated or critical. That is followed by a violent outburst. After the outburst, the abuser is very apologetic and may ask for forgiveness. The cycle is not set on any designated time frame and can change over the course of a relationship. Understanding the cycle of abuse can help victims along with their families and friends identify abuse.

Victim Advocates at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center are here to help. If you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault Contact Us today to get help. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Share statistics, resources in your area, stories, and more to help the victims in your life.
<![CDATA[Introducing Jess!]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:50:27 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/introducing-jessBy Kristin Scrivens
Introducing Jess, a victim advocate on our criminal justice team! Jess works with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Jess earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University at IUPUI in Spanish and recently completed her Master’s degree in Social Science and Development Studies at Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her thesis for her Master’s program was studying violence against women in migrant communities and studying how non-government organizations provide services to women.
Jess loves being a victim advocate because she loves being able to provide emotional support to victims and helping them navigate the criminal justice court system. She’s passionate about being a steady voice during such a hard time in a victim’s life and being able to help them move forward.
Jess’s favorite service that Beacon of Hope offers is emergency financial assistance, when we have the funds available. She loves that it’s a tangible and quick way to make such a huge difference in someone’s life.
A fun fact about Jess is that she lived in Morocco for two and a half years serving in the Peace Corp. While she was there she worked in youth development and taught English and aerobics.
We love your fun spirit and high energy, Jess! Thanks for all you do!
<![CDATA[Sharing Her Story – “No More”]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/sharing-her-story-no-moreBy Savannah Tipton
Denise Latray Video

Raising domestic violence awareness can be as unique as each survivor’s story. In a music video, Denise Latray performs an original song that shares her own story of domestic violence. She has reached thousands with her video and her efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Denise uses music to tell her own story as a coping mechanism. In her own words, “I've used a music video to somewhat paint a picture for my viewers.” If she could share one thing with survivors it would be as follows: “to stay encouraged, remain strong and continue to be a voice for the victims experiencing abuse.”

We are stronger when we stand together. Beacon of Hope Crisis Center stands by all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Providing assistance to everyone that may be affected by domestic violence and sexual assault is one way we have committed to make a change in our community.  Thank you for sharing your story Denise.

Disclaimer:  Beacon of Hope Crisis Center assumes no responsibility, liability and no role in the information gathering practices or privacy policies of video content to which this video is linked. Beacon of Hope Crisis Center does not endorse or otherwise guarantee any materials linked to this video or video ad’s associated with this video. Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is not endorsing or promoting this video or any contents within it.  We are simply sharing a survivor’s message about their personal story. 
<![CDATA[Kicking Off NEW Online Charity Auctions: K-LOVE Entertainment Bundle]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:00:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/kicking-off-new-online-charity-auctions-k-love-entertainment-bundleBy Savannah Tipton
Are you listening to KLOVE 101.9 Indy?  We are! 

On top of enjoying 101.9's awesome positive music a K-LOVE Entertainment Bundle is the first of many items to be featured in an online auction hosted by Beacon of Hope Crisis Center. Starting TODAY, you can make a bid to win! Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is excited to announce this new fundraiser and great things are coming your way.

The K-LOVE Entertainment Bundle Includes four tickets to Chonda Pierce in Anderson: Getting Back to Funny Tour, four K-LOVE t-shirts, and four CDs all in a K-LOVE bag!

Don’t miss your chance to see the best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce. A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and now actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. She has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. Your friends will thank you.

YOU can support a good cause from the comfort of your own home, start bidding!
<![CDATA[Success Story – We Can Help]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 21:08:07 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/success-story-we-can-helpBy Savannah Tipton
Victim advocates at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center provide direct assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We offer programs to help victims complete safety planning, protective orders, employment assistance, and so much more. Safety planning is an important element in maintaining a secure environment as victims seek help and flee violent situations. With an active protective order, a victim advocate can help victims take extra measures to ensure their safety. For example, victim advocates can help victims of domestic violence break a lease in some cases. Ongoing community support and donations helps us provide these resources at no cost to the victims we work with.

“This week I had a client come in to make a safety plan, discuss their options moving forward, and how they were feeling. That very week, the victim’s former partner came into their work and tried to attack, but was stopped by their coworkers and chased off the property.  Still visibly stressed and concerned for their safety, we at Beacon of Hope alleviated some of the stress by formulating a detailed safety plan to go along with the PO that was granted the day before. Armed with these documents, the victim talked to their landlord to get out of the lease with no penalties and was expected to return to work the next day.”  - Victim Advocate, Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
<![CDATA[Knot Of Fear #DVAM2017]]>Sun, 01 Oct 2017 21:11:20 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/knot-of-fear-dvam2017By Sandra K. Ziebold
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

There is a knot of fear that goes along with having experienced being a victim of a frequent, consistent and systematic pattern of domestic violence abuse.  Domestic violence is about power and control.  Abuse occurs when there is consistent unwanted dominance and control exerted over another. 

You may be in an intimate partner relationship and thinking to yourself, "What happened, I felt so wonderful and now I feel this horrible ache that won't leave the pit of my stomach.  How did I get here and why do I feel so trapped?  What can I do better?  If I can do things better then he/she will, be okay / be calm / be happy."  If you have thoughts like that, then stop for a second and really think about your thought pattern. 

Can you remember the last time you didn't have that aching knot of fear in your stomach? If you are constantly fearful that your every single breath or action is going to trigger anger and violence in another person exerting control over you, then our advocates can help you.  It is domestic violence awareness month and you need to know that you are valued, there is a safe way to get out of your situation and you deserve a life free from the grip of domestic violence. 

We are here to help.  Our crisis line number is (317)731-6140
<![CDATA[Success Narrative]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:15:00 GMThttp://beaconofhopeindy.org/blog/success-narrative2583603Victim Advocate - Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
A client had reached out to the police due to violation of privacy. The victim was afraid that given this new violation of privacy, that the abuser will continue to go above and beyond to make the victims life difficult. The detective contacted Beacon of Hope Crisis Center for assistance. I was able to connect with the victim where I discussed the Address Confidentiality Program. The victim was in the process of moving and did not want the abuser to know of a new address considering the latest incident.

Although the victim has an active PO in place, the victim felt that taking every possible necessary step for confidentiality was a must. I was able to assist the victim with completing the Address Confidentiality Program Application and submitted the form on the victim’s behalf. Within 24 hours, the application had been approved. By the following day, the victim had sent an email thanking me for assisting the victim with this application and keeping their new address confidential.