I s s ue 1 IN THIS ISSUE: Vol um 1 e Oc t 2015 Beyond Office Walls: Creating NTS Campaign (page 2) Spotlight on You: Meet Anonymous & J. Matthew (page 3) Your Questions Answered: Mobility & DV (page 4) Survivors In Transition GREETINGS FROM THE BOARD! Thank you so much for your continued interest in Nancy's Transitional Services! We are so excited to bring you our first newsletter, Survivors in Transition, to keep you informed of our activities and provide another spotlight on domestic violence. Our quarterly newsletters will highlight our capital campaign, answer frequently asked questions, and feature community resources. Our readers are encouraged to contact us with submission ideas including stories that describe personal journeys of surviving domestic violence. Nancy's Transitional Services, or NTS for short, was incorporated in December 2014 with hopes of offering an additional, but different, means of empowering survivors of domestic violence. After recognizing the importance of existing programs, NTS WE HAVE A LOGO! After designing and redesigning countless logos to capture what NTS is all about, we have made the top choice! NTS will provide convenient, comfortable, and confidential services to survivors in transition. Exactly who are survivors in transition? Check out our article on page 3! opted to focus on community-based services: mobile therapy and mobile case management. We believe mobility helps eliminate barriers for those who are unable or unwilling to access office-based services. It is our desire to serve any survivor who may otherwise remain unserved without the convenience and comfort that mobile support provides. Again, thank you for your continued interest in NTS. We look forward to you joining us on our journey to move beyond office walls and creating NTS! Feel free to add us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You may also visit us at www.nancystransitionalservices.org. f -NTS Board of Directors
I s s ue 1  IN THIS ISSUE   Vol um 1 e Oc t 2015  Beyond Office Walls  Creating NTS Campaign  page 2   Spotlight on You  M...
BEYOND OFFICE WALLS: CREATING NTS CAMP AIGN $100,000, that's it? Yes, $100,000 that's it! Starting in October, NTS is launching a capital campaign to raise program awareness and financial support of our mobile services. We are committed to providing efficient program operations that complement increasing demands and limited funding. As a result, we have taken measures to drastically reduce common program expenses such as office rent, office utilities, and office supplies. Instead, we have allocated funds for services that will directly benefit our program participants. For example, our supportive financial assistance program will help participants address financial barriers to independence. Funds may be applied towards rent, rental deposits, childcare fees, education costs, and vehicle maintenance/repairs. Our part-time staff will include a licensed therapist and a case manager who will provide person-centered services according to the interests of the participant and in accordance to their stage of change (see page 3). Our staff will also coordinate services with other programs to facilitate resource linkage upon our participant's request. As a new and nontraditional program, NTS is stepping up to the challenge to reach survivors who may otherwise remain unserved. We invite our readers to join us on our journey and check our progress on our website! CLICK TO EMPOWER: FINANCIAL TOOLS Since Online Financial Curriculum: Module 1: Surviving Financial Abuse 2005 There have been more than 580,000 participants of Click to Empower Allstate donated over $40 million to help break the cycle of DV Module 2: Learning Financial Basics Module 3: Budgeting Your Money Module 4: Saving and Investing Module 5: Understanding Your Credit Module 6: Repairing Your Credit Module 7: Renting an Apartment Module 8: Applying for Loans Module 9: Buying a Home Module 10: Buying a Car Module 11: Understanding Insurance Module 12: Building a Future The Allstate Foundation has created a comprehensive curriculum to empower survivors to understand their finances and career choices. The curriculum, Click to Empower, is specifically designed for the unique needs of survivors and offers financial knowledge, skills, and resources to get safe, stay safe, and thrive. According to the foundation, "Assisting survivors to understand the implications of how to begin to rebuild her credit, saving for the future and where to find on-going support can make the difference between building financial stability and a survivor returning to her abuser." NTS looks forward to utilizing the curricula to further empower our program participants. For more information, visit www.clicktoempower.org. Online Career Curriculum: Module 1: Being Safe During the Job Search and at Work Module 2: Choosing and Planning for the Career You Want Module 3: Getting Started in Your Career Module 4: Preparing for Your Job Search Module 5: Sharing Information and Communicating in the Job Search and at Work
BEYOND OFFICE WALLS  CREATING NTS CAMP AIGN  100,000, that s it  Yes,  100,000 that s it  Starting in October, NTS is laun...
SPOTLIGHT ON YOU: MEET ANONYMOUS & J. MATTHEW -By Barbara Diamond Reportedly, as many as 40 percent of women who face domestic violence say they don? leave abusive situations because they? t re afraid to leave their pets behind. But one brave woman and survivor was able to turn her nightmare into a solution for other battered women. One day, she was physically assaulted by her boyfriend at home. He began pulling at her clothing and straight through a wall, then began beating her. That? when her courageous dog walked into the room. s Her 110-pound Great Dane named J. Matthew laid on top of her as she was brutally attacked with a hammer, taking the blows meant for her. The attacker eventually picked up the dog and led him to a busy intersection, leaving him there to die. In the meantime, the woman was able to escape. Authorities set her up at a nearby women? shelter, called the Rose Brooks Center. s Though J. Matthew sustained broken bones, he survived the attack. However, the Rose Brooks Center had a no-pets policy. The woman was not about to leave her beloved dog and guardian angel behind, especially after the fact he sacrificed his body for her. After hearing the woman? story, the center did something incredible. The staff decided to break its own policy banning dogs, and s allowed the woman to bring in J. Matthew and stay there. In 2012, the Rose Brooks Center became the first domestic violence shelter in the region to welcome four-legged family members. It unveiled its new pet kennel adjacent to the center ? dedicated to J. Matthew and his mom. The new pet policy helped save even more lives, prompting women to leave abusive situations and get the help they need. -Reprinted with permission; the full story, "Her Boyfriend W Brutally Attacking Her. Now W as atch What Her Dog Does" may be accessed at www.littlethings.com. i.e. separation from an abusive situation has been sustained long-term or for a permanent basis i.e. taking steps to address or change an abusive situation i.e. determining a course of action to address or change an abusive situation ACTION PREP ARATION ! CONTEMPLATION PRE-CONTEMPLATION MAINTENANCE i.e. ambivalent, comparing pros and cons of abusive situation i.e. denial about abusive situation SURVIVORS IN TRANSITION It is important to recognize the complexities of domestic violence and its survivors. How many times have we said or heard, "she should just leave" or "if it was that bad he wouldn't keep going back"? These commonly uttered statements reflect our own misconceptions of the difficult decisions survivors may face. A decision to remain in an abusive relationship does not minimize a desire for change. Nor does contemplating a return to an abusive relationship minimize a desire for change. The Stages of Change model, developed by James Prochaska and Carlos DiClemente, reflects 5 stages that people often experience on their journey to change. NTS mission is to serve survivors in transition...to any stage of change.
SPOTLIGHT ON YOU  MEET ANONYMOUS   J. MATTHEW -By Barbara Diamond Reportedly, as many as 40 percent of women who face dome...
Our M s s i on: Br i dge t he Gap i n Ex i s t i ng Pr ogr am i s 201 by Pr ov i di ng Nont r adi t i onal Ser v i c es t o ...reduced the burden of proof to a "preponderance of evidence" to obtain a peace or protective order In 4, Mar yl an d... ...permitted second- degree assault as a crime that a permanent final protective order may be sought ...enabled judges to enhance penalties for domestic violence acts committed in front of a minor in the home Dom t i c Vi ol enc e Sur v i v or s es i n Tr ans i t i on "Bridging the Gap" YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: MOBILITY & DV?! NTS recognizes the significance of providing office-based services to survivors of domestic violence. For many, an office setting is comfortable and convenient. However, for others an office setting may not necessarily be the most comfortable or convenient option. In a public setting, the general public would not be privy to the private conversation between the survivor and staff. The survivor would not wear a name tag to identify as a client nor would the staff wear a name tag to identify as a professional. What if the commute to the office is too time-consuming or too costly? What if it took less time out of their day to meet in a meeting room at the library a few blocks from their home, in an unoccupied room at their doctor's office, or at the coffee shop across the street from their job? During a presentation at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference, Kris Billhardt of Home Free Outreach Services explained how mobile advocacy removed barriers to survivors receiving services and discovered a different subgroup of survivors. In addition to Home Free, agencies such as the Mobile Advocate Project in California and the Crisis Center of Warren County's Outreach Therapy in New Jersey also provide core mobile services for survivors. In Maryland, other groups are offered mobility such as veterans served by the Alliance and VA Mobile Unit; the disabled served by Total Care Services and Service Coordination; and those living with HIV/AIDS served by People Encouraging People. So why does NTS want to provide mobility to survivors that are not in perceived imminent danger? Our response is... why not? OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH Please join the national observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month The first Day of Unity held by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence National observation of the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month October 1981 October 1987 Each October since 1989, US Congress passes Public Law 101-112 to proclaim National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Our M s s i on  Br i dge t he Gap i n Ex i s t i ng Pr ogr am i s  201  by Pr ov i di ng Nont r adi t i onal Ser v i c es ...