by Audrey Cloutier-Lord
During National Volunteer Week
We Celebrated the Volunteers of Beacon of Hope!
Volunteers are of a huge importance to nonprofit organizations. They are people who rally together for a cause they have at heart. Their passion and dedication are genuine. The time and energy they give is precious and leads to many great benefits for the community.
Our volunteers bring passion, credibility, expertise, experience as well as refreshed energy, perspectives, and new ideas to our beautiful organization. They give excellent service to the community and allow the entire team to reach more people in need!
Our most active volunteers: Megan, Phyllis, Jo Ellen, Dulce, Jennifer, Janet, Bidisha, Andre, Samantha and Hilina; are part of our family, and we would not be the same without them!
Now, I would like to go over their accomplishment with you!
If we do a cumulative of the hours solely for 2017, as of April 26, we are already at 200.5 hours! We went from 1 active volunteer to 9 – which is an 800% increase!
Please join me in recognizing our volunteers and their passion to our mission, community and everyone we serve. Wherever you are reading this from, let’s give them a round of applause.
By Sandra K. Ziebold
We had the pleasure of attending the Julian Center Judge’s Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12th. During the luncheon the Domestic Violence Network presented our Senior Victim Advocate, Tiffany Wilson, with the Baker One Outstanding Advocate award! Tiffany leads our Criminal Justice Advocacy Team serving victims of crime in partnership with our 5 police department partners.
This award is given out to an outstanding advocate that shows consistent exemplary effort in the field of domestic violence or sexual assault advocacy. The advocate has to have demonstrated advocacy efforts working with generally high-risk or unique domestic violence/sexual assault situations. This award recipient must consistently demonstrate the Baker One Project tenets of offender accountability, homicide prevention and victim safety.
It is such an honor to gather with so many wonderful officers, departments, judge's, prosecutors, servant focused individuals and agencies that collaborate and serve domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Victims, survivors and conquerors as the special guest speaker, Officer Ethan Roark, likes to say and referenced in his speech. Officer Roark had wise and wonderful words to share with those in attendance. He is someone that we work with all the time as the partner agency providing advocacy for Southport Police Department and we know first hand his level of passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Great luncheon, wonderful hosts and I couldn't be more proud of Tiffany! She is very deserving of this award!
By Sandra Ziebold
We're having a community event and want to invite you to come. Join us for appetizers, drinks and amazing raffle items. Come and see our new office and learn more about the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy work that we do. #Denim Day
Do you know the significance of Denim Day?
WHAT STARTED DENIM DAY: In the 1990s, the Italian Supreme Court overruled a rape conviction, stating that since the victim’s jeans were too tight, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying her consent. Due to this the women in the Italian government protested by wearing denim into governmental meetings. Denim Day was started in the United States by sexual assault advocates supporting victims. Denim Day signifies solidarity with sexual assault victims while protesting the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
Denim Day is held to increase Sexual Assault Awareness during Victim's Rights Month and to help dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. The Centers for Hope will be sharing information about Sexual Assault on April 19th at the Indiana State House and will also be hosting a walk on April 26th, 2017 at Monument Circle.
To show support for sexual assault victims Beacon of Hope Advocates will be wearing denim on April 19th and on April 26th (national Denim Day). We encourage you to wear denim too and to stand with us against the destructive attitudes which surround sexual assault victims.
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.