By: Katie Foley
At Beacon of Hope Crisis Center (BOHCC), we are always looking for ways to get involved within our community. It’s a way to not only support the community that we work and live in, but also a way to communicate to thousands our mission and why we do what we do. So, it was of no question when we submitted our application to be a part of the Brackets for Good (BFG) competition beginning March 2nd.
What is Brackets for Good? BFG is the only sport for nonprofits. Inspired by the annual college basketball tournament in March, BFG hosts online fundraising tournaments where up to 64 selected local nonprofits rally support through the community, family and friends, board members, and the community to donate money while also increasing awareness. Picture the NCAA tournament and replace it with nonprofits competing to be the final champion.
Getting involved and voting is extremely easy. Each $1 donation turns into one point for that organization. The rounds are single elimination, mirroring a bracket-style fundraiser. During each week, individuals can visit indianapolis.bfg.org and give to their favorite organization to advance to the next round. Each organization isn’t in it alone, though, as they each have community teammates helping them along the way.
For BOHCC to be a part of this for the second year in a row is extremely exciting. Not to mention, we are even more excited for our corporate sponsor: Stacked Pickle - Southport! Throughout the first round, we will be hosting events at Stacked Pickle Southport, 7040 McFarland Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46237.
Take A Bite Out of Domestic Violence / A Dine To Donate Event: Sunday, March 4th from 4pm-8pm join us for dinner at Stacked Pickle Southport and for just bringing the flyer to hand to your server when you order you can help advance our cause.
Come meet Champ our BFG mascot! He’ll be giving high-fives and doing photo-ops for 30 minutes every hour during this event!
Get To The Top Two Hour Hang Out Event: Wednesday, March 7th from 6pm-8pm join us for serious fun and bracket advancement entry chances for amazing prize drawings in the bar at Stacked Pickle Southport. Hang out, play games and advance BOHCC in our BFG Bracket Match-Up!
For more information on both Beacon of Hope Crisis Center and Brackets For Good, visit our about us page and our BFG matchup page.
Take A Bite Out of Domestic Violence at Stacked Pickle Southport on Sunday March 4th
Indianapolis domestic violence and sexual assault center partners with local restaurant for competition
(INDIANAPOLIS, IN—February 27, 2018)—Are you hungry, Indianapolis? Beginning March 2nd, the community of Indianapolis has the opportunity to participate in Brackets For Good, a competition that allows individuals to support their favorite causes and organizations through an online bracket-style tournament.
One of the many participants this year is Beacon of Hope Crisis Center (BOHCC), a services and referral nonprofit organization that empowers victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in central Indiana. Alongside this organization participating in Brackets For Good is a corporate partner, Stacked Pickle, supporting their cause by hosting events and encouraging the surrounding communities to donate.
“BOHCC served 904 victims this past year and as we continue to grow, it’s increasingly important to not only talk about these tough issues, but to also get our community involved. Being a part of Brackets For Good allows us to have a voice in the community and to share all of the exciting things happening,” said Sandra K. Ziebold, CEO / Executive Director of Beacon of Hope Crisis Center.
This year, Beacon of Hope Crisis Center has partnered with Stacked Pickle Southport. Kicking off this exciting partnership there will be a ‘Dine to Donate’ event held on Sunday, March 4th as well as another event loaded with creative fun on the evening of Wednesday, March 7th at the Southport location.
"Stacked Pickle Southport is happy to team up with Beacon of Hope Crisis Center. We are always looking for different ways to impact the local community and give back to the guests of our community. We’re hoping that this partnership will facilitate awareness of Beacon of Hope's services and raise money for their inspiring work,” said Michael Earnest, General Manager of Stacked Pickle Southport.
Getting involved is easy! By visiting indianapolis.bfg.org, starting March 2nd you can instantly select Beacon of Hope Crisis Center and give online. With each dollar donated, one point will be distributed in support of Beacon of Hope Crisis Center. Thank you for joining Stacked Pickle and so many others wanting to make a positive difference in our community by supporting Beacon of Hope Crisis Center in the 2018 Brackets For Good Tournament!
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.
About Stacked Pickle
Established in 2010, Stacked Pickle offers their guests a casual dining experience, as well as a full menu and plenty of events throughout Indianapolis. Locally owned and operated by former Indianapolis Colts player, Gary Brackett, Stacked Pickle has been voted Indy’s #1 neighborhood and sports bar. For more information on Stacked Pickle, visit stackedpickle.com.
By: Katie Foley
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which raises awareness and sparks conversations when it comes to abuse in teen and early twenties relationships. While many may not think abuse happens to younger generations, we want you to know that dating violence is more common than one would think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they hit the status of adulthood. We help educate the community on dating violence and encourage victims to seek help.
According to the Center for Disease Control, dating violence can have a negative effect on the victim’s life spanning many years past the traumatic events. Teens thru early adulthood who are victims are more likely to experience symptoms including: depression, anxiety, drug-use, and alcohol abuse. To support those statistics, the NCADV reported that half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% non-abused boys.
With over 50% of teens knowing someone who has suffered from physical, sexual, or verbal abuse in a dating relationship, it is our job to start having those tough conversations, as well as keep an eye out for signs that we’ve talked about in past blog posts.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month has encouraged us to take action, and you should too. Whether in your community or household, below are a few ideas:
By: The Beacon of Hope Team
We want to say thanks to our Speedway PD partners for a really great meeting this week. The energy and excitement felt by both our teams was inspiring.
The Chief and our CEO agreed on a renewal partnership through 2020. Speedway Police Department Captain Jason Dierdorff and Sergeant Mirantha Hockemeyer and Beacon of Hope Crisis Center CEO Sandra Ziebold and Director of Victim Advocacy Tiffany Wilson met and reviewed victim services data and engaged in lots of victim services focused conversation.
We brought a total of 45 crisis bundles for adults and children that the officers will have on hand for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes. In a moment of fleeing to be safe victims often leave with nothing. These crisis bundles will help meet immediate needs in the community of Speedway.
"We want the Speedway community to know we share a passion for helping victims of crime. Beacon of Hope Crisis Center and Speedway PD work together to ensure services are available to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes. Intervening early saves lives. Reach out if another is asserting power and control over you and you are afraid. We can help you." - Sandra K. Ziebold, CEO Beacon of Hope Crisis Center
By: Savannah Tipton
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month – a time dedicated to efforts that support teens and young adults as they navigate unhealthy relationships. While dating abuse may look different in each relationship, researchers have found early warning signs that everyone should be aware of (listed below). Help us educate the community and raise awareness of dating violence by making a donation today. Education is key to preventing future dating violence among teens and young adults in our community.
Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence*
By: Lydia Wood, Victim Advocate and Trauma Therapy Dog Handler
It was not my intent upon adopting Echo that he become a therapy dog, but as I grew to know him more it felt like something he needed to do. The healing power of dogs, I think, has many levels. The foundation being that dogs just are. They’re with you in the moment, no matter how uncomfortable. You don’t have to question their motives or if they really love you. You don’t have to wonder if what they’re doing is genuine or not. They don’t get caught up in their own thoughts, opinions, or judgements. They’re pure, and with the struggle of waking up and living in a world with people who may not be exactly how they seem, it’s refreshing to be around a dog who just is.
A therapy dog’s job is to provide comfort where they go. Their very presence is enough to help most people feel more relaxed and taken care of. Echo, however, adds a bit of a deeper level than many therapy dogs I’ve encountered. Soon after I adopted Echo, I realized his whining didn’t coincide with situations that made him anxious, but with when the people around him felt bad. And not only did he mirror one’s emotions, he sought to comfort the people whose energy he was feeding off of. It was with this realization that I decided to name him “Echo,” on account of him echoing the energy of the people around him.
Having trained dogs for several years, I knew the simple fact that he reacted to changes in emotions wasn’t completely uncommon. What stuck out to me about Echo was that he knew how you felt, felt it with you, and tried to make you feel better. He didn’t just soak up your emotions, he empathized with them. That caring, and empathy isn’t something that can be trained into a dog.
As a victim is navigating the heart breaking and traumatic dynamic of an abusive relationship, or dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault, Echo’s tenderness and genuine presence can add a peace and clarity of mind that may have been otherwise impossible in the complicated world of human interaction. He’ll be there with the victims we advocate for, through the good and the bad, and hopes for nothing in return.
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.