Beacon of Hope Crisis Center Adds A Trauma Therapy Dog And Receives Large Donation From Bob’s Discount Furniture
Exciting start to 2018 with additions of comfort for victims of crime receiving services from Beacon of Hope
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN—January 25, 2018)—This brand new exciting year of 2018 kicks off for Beacon of Hope Crisis Center (BOHCC) with new additions to the team which includes Echo and his handler Lydia. Comfort abounds to assist with healing at this local agency serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault here in Central Indiana. Lydia and Echo joined the team on January 1st, Lydia is a Victim Advocate and Echo’s Trauma Therapy Dog Handler. She is getting her masters in psychology and has experience training service dogs for victims suffering from post-traumatic stress.
“We are thrilled to add Echo, a trauma therapy dog, and his handler Lydia to our team and touched by the generosity of our corporate partners, Bob’s Discount Furniture. Thanks to their large donation we now have waiting, counseling and meeting room furniture to make those we are serving comfortable while dealing with their traumatic struggles. And adding Echo to our team helps victims dealing with the traumatic dynamics of an abusive relationship or the aftermath of sexual assault.” said Sandra Ziebold, CEO / Executive Director at Beacon of Hope Crisis Center.
"One of our main goals as a company is to give back to the community, so we are honored to provide new furniture for the Beacon of Hope Crisis Center to ensure they are well equipped to serve their growing number of clients," said Cathy Poulin, Director of Outreach and Public Relations at Bob's Discount Furniture.
Echo knows how you feel, feels it with you, and tries to make you feel better. He doesn’t just soak up your emotions, he empathizes with them. This caring and empathy isn’t something that can be trained into a dog, but this innate gift is what makes Echo an exceptional trauma therapy dog. Echo’s tenderness and genuine presence adds a peace and clarity of mind. He helps the victims we advocate for, through the good and the bad, and hopes for nothing in return.
BOHCC served 904 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault this past year, the agencies 2017 annual report is available on their website. The complexity of cases they are managing and the increase in demand for their services continues to grow. BOHCC advocacy services are desperately needed 24/7. BOHCC serves victims in Central Indiana and has advocacy partnerships with local police departments serving victims of crime. In 2018 BOHCC hopes to increase major donor support to help them be able to operate 24/7 and add language services. You can help, learn more and donate now at beaconofhopeindy.org.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture
Bob’s Discount Furniture provides quality furniture at every day low prices. With furniture stores located across the United States, the Manchester, Connecticut based company has become the 12th-largest U.S. furniture chain. Bob’s is committed to the communities they serve through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation provides organizations and individuals with over $2.75 million in donations yearly. For more information on Bob's charitable programs, follow Bob’s on Twitter @MyBobs and on our LinkedIn Company Page, and subscribe to Bob’s on YouTube.
About Beacon of Hope Crisis Center 501(c)3
Beacon of Hope Crisis Center a Christ-centered organization empowering victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to become self-sufficient by providing safety, support and education. Since 2009 Beacon of Hope, through its Crisis Intervention, Victim Advocacy, Counseling, "Teen Talk" Outreach and Education, Criminal Justice, Economic Sustainability and Foster Pet Programs has offered victims of domestic violence assistance in overcoming barriers that hold them in abusive situations. Beacon of Hope is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana. More information about Beacon of Hope can be found at beaconofhopeindy.org.
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January 25, 2018
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT
Sandra K. Ziebold, CEO / Executive Director
Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
317 731 6131
By: Merideth Bush
I shouldn’t have been so surprised.
After all, I wasn’t new to the field of human trafficking. In graduate school, I conducted presentations on human trafficking on a regular basis, researching cases around the world- including the United States. I interned with the Indiana Office of the Attorney General, where I traveled around the state conducting Human Trafficking 101 training's for service providers, so they could recognize the warning signs. Everywhere I went I cautioned people, “This crime isn’t just an international problem, it happens everywhere- right in our backyards!”
So, you would think I would have been prepared.
But even I was blind-sided when news broke in October 2016 of a sex trafficking bust in MY backyard.* IMPD had apprehended sex traffickers in my hometown, on a street I knew well just minutes away from my childhood home. Suddenly, human trafficking wasn’t just a research field anymore. It was personal.
Whether they are knowledgeable about human trafficking or not, many Hoosiers still have the mindset I had before that story broke. They may hear about human trafficking in the news on occasion, but they still consider it to be a problem in someone else’s neighborhood. It’s not something that happens in their hometown. It’s not something that they can help prevent.
Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, #WeWearBlueBecause we want to challenge that perception. #WeWearBlueBecause as a domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center, we recognize that sex trafficking is one of the most heinous forms of sexual assault that Indiana faces, affecting Hoosiers as young as seven years old. #WeWearBlueBecause we are here to do something about it.
Beacon of Hope is dedicated to organizing prevention efforts and providing exceptional advocacy to victims of all sexual assault, including sex trafficking.
January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, so for the next few weeks we will conduct a blog series outlining what human trafficking is, what it looks like in Indiana, and how Beacon of Hope is involved in this fight.
Be sure to check back next week for our second blog in the series, where you will learn what human trafficking is, what it looks like in Indiana, and what you can do about it!
About this blog
This blog is about our domestic and sexual violence crisis center, Beacon of Hope. We hope you find it full of helpful information, motivation, creativity, serious facts and positivity. We hope that it will help you know what is happening in our center, in our community and with our events. We hope you follow our blog in support of our organization and our mission.