LINKS MONTGOMERY AREA FAMILY VIOLENCE PROGRAM, INC. from the Family Sunshine Center B R E A K I N G T H E C YC L E O F V I O L E N C E • F O S T E R I N G H O P E & H E A L I N G June/July 2005 Volume 20, Number 3 Childhood Bullying A Message From the Executive Director No Small Problem Dear Gentle Reader: Bullies have long been thought of as an inevitable part of growing up. But according to a recent At no time in our history have our Kaiser Family Foundation study, children eight to services been more important, and, 15 years old rate bullying as a bigger problem perhaps, at no time in our history than racism or pressure to have sex or use alcohol has our existence been so challenged. and other drugs. Some believe that bullying is an While government reports cite a indicator of more serious violence. A recent study by health-care professionals of significant reduction in numbers of sixth- to tenth-grade students found that bullies were more than five times more domestic violence cases reported, likely to carry weapons than children who did not engage in such behavior. At local and national headlines continue school or on the way to or from school is the most likely setting for bullying to to shock and concern us. For occur and there are bullies of all races and socio-economic status. example, in Alabama, there are significant numbers of domestic What does all of this have to do with the mission of the FSC? A 1993 Norwegian violence cases currently being study found that students identified as bullies in middle school are six times more litigated or pending trial—they made likely to be convicted of a crime by the age of twenty-four, abuse their own headlines in Crenshaw, Dallas, children and/or spouse, have substance abuse problems, multiple divorces, and Elmore, Montgomery and other are less likely to be promoted at their job. Alabama counties within the last year. Most recently, our state and the The home life of the childhood bully is characterized by rejection and frigidity. nation have been stunned that one Parents of bullies are more likely to use severe physical punishment and be of Alabama’s own, Natalee abusive. The families of bullies tend to be socially isolated. There is often chaos in Holloway, is missing in Aruba, most the home and frequent parental conflicts. The family seldom uses problem-solving suspect the victim of foul play. With strategies and violence is considered a solution. this, and dozens of other similar but less widely publicized scenarios, Thanks to a Children’s Trust Fund grant, the FSC is able to focus on bullying playing out on our streets, in our prevention education in local elementary schools. Tarin Majure, the agency’s homes and among our families on a outreach prevention educator, goes into the elementary schools with the nationally daily basis, it seems that services for recognized program, Second Step. The program victims of family violence and child teaches anger management, empathy and abuse are having to hang on for dear People don’t get along problem-solving skills to students. In addition, the life. because they fear each other. agency recently offered a workshop on the topic People fear each other by nationally known speaker Esther Williams, In the last several months, advocates because they don’t know have written countless letters to who says that we can change our school climate each other. They don’t so that respect is valued as much as athletics or members of congress, urging them know each other because they have not properly academics. Many times the inappropriate to renew their commitment to the communicated with each behavior is a cry for help from the bully. Ms. federal legislation, the Violence other. Williams states that anger management training against Women Act (VAWA) and the works. “Research shows that 93-97 percent of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. children will use some of the anger management provide funding for domestic skills they learn.” “Gentle Reader” continued on page 4 SERVING AUTAUGA, BUTLER, CHILTON, CRENSHAW, ELMORE, LOWNDES, AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES R Developing Links Home Run Evening for Dedicated FSC Board Hot Biscuits…Warm Hearts and Staff by Anna Lee Ingalls, development director Montgomery Biscuits Baseball is hot and An exciting first pitch thrown by FSC heavy into their second season with a Board President John Averrett, recommitment to the Family Sunshine Center. followed by an incredibly rousing Sherrie Meyers invited representatives to her rendition of the national anthem by office following the inaugural season to Exodus Case Manager Claudette recommit the baseball organization to our Rogers were just harbingers of the wonderful evening to come as staff mission. and board members shared a memorable night of camaraderie, But the heart of the matter will never be laughter and Montgomery Biscuits more explicitly demonstrated than on that magical evening when the charitable baseball in May. “Truly, everyone was ticket donor portion of the Biscuits’ marketing gift package came up to bat and amazed that our own were at the hit a grand slam into the hearts of all who experienced the scene. mound for the first pitch and at the mike for the national anthem. That Six tickets came available for clients in early May. When Children’s Advocate created great pride for us all,” said Tracey Kendrick got the call from the FSC Development Office, she knew exactly Development Director Anna Lee Ingalls. what to do with the favor. That very day a mother and her five children had entered shelter and were already looking for ways to fill their weekends. On May 25, about 65 of the FSC family—board members, staff and The biggest day of the season for Sherrie and her staff came on May 14th as their families—enjoyed the food, fun they readied themselves to entertain corporate sponsors and send them home and frolic that come with a night out with a happy memory. Little did anyone know that it would also be the at a Biscuits game. “We were so brightest day in the lives of six people at the crossroads of their lives. pleased that our partnership with the Montgomery Biscuits yielded such a wonderful opportunity for our staff The family arrived and surprisingly found themselves on the way up to the and board members to share an owner’s suite. There they spent the rest of the evening with Sherrie, her other evening getting to know each other guests and all the amenities of special treatment…perfect weather, seats at home and just having fun. Everyone works plate, their choice of air conditioning or fresh air, a fabulous dinner, comfortable so hard to achieve our mission, it’s seating, TV, unbelievable desserts, and the hearts of the Biscuits staff. important to be able to offer a little getaway during the week,” said FSC After the final fireworks fell to the ground everyone in the suite was up to head Executive Director Karen Sellers. “I for home recounting an evening of winners…not on the field but in their hostess was so excited to see that staff and board members brought their and their neighbors from our shelter. We shall never forget one child asking the mothers, children or grandchildren to dessert waitress if she loved her job because she got to make people happy the game. It was truly a family affair.” everyday… or when an FSC staff member was approached with a hug from one of the children and the question, “Can we plan another vacation sometime soon?” Board members and staff alike were All eyes watered when Sherrie showed up in the ninth inning with an autographed very grateful to the Biscuits baseball for the son. Our emotions crumbled when the mom thanked Sherrie for a management for such an enjoyable wonderful evening and she in turn acknowledged the woman’s difficult challenges. gift. “We were delighted we had such As their embrace unfolded, bystanders heard the mom say, “When I feel down the a beautiful evening to be out at the most, I just look at my scars and bruises and feel lucky to be where I am.” game. Thanks to everyone associated with the ongoing gifts Montgomery Biscuits Baseball continues to give us! If you have ever heard Sherrie Meyers pitch her baseball teams, you will recall it It is an incredible package that is is all about “family fun.” Saturday night showed us that she means what she says making a significant impact on our on her ball field and off. Her commitment aids our mission to foster hope and mission,” Anna Lee said. healing. “I had a great time. I thought it was On Monday morning the mother said it was the happiest she has ever seen her “Home Run” continued on page 3 children’s faces. We do believe in miracles and we believe Montgomery Biscuits Baseball is truly about helping build stronger communities. R 2 TAM times TEN! / SAVE THE DATE! “Home Run” continued from page 2 really fun to get to socialize with co- Coach John McWilliams met with workers outside of the office,” said the development office on May 20th Shelter Counselor Ellie Barta-Moran. to begin planning his 10th annual Tennis Across Montgomery (TAM). It Human Resources Director Barbara will culminate on October 8, 2005 Lemley was very excited about the at the traditional site, Huntingdon opportunity to bring staff together for an activity outside the workplace. “It College. was really thrilling. It enhanced our cohesiveness as a group by allowing “Coach,” as he is known around interaction after working hours in an here, is working to confirm another informal setting. It was especially nice to free beach trip for the person who raises the most money. Last year’s event raised have our FSC group spotlighted — $29,610 in cash proceeds with 60 sponsors and 32 people participating in Serve throwing out the opening pitch and Fest. Coach firmly believes the amount can be doubled and singing the national anthem. We are so asks everyone with or without tennis skills to consider grateful to have received such a gift collecting pledges at 50 cents or a dollar to every MPH from the Biscuits organization,” she said. they serve on event day. Prevention Educator Paula Royal was “glad to get outside the Family Join in Coach’s spirit to “Serve an ace against child abuse.” Sunshine Center, to bring our families For more information call the FSC business office at 206- together away from work and just 2100 or Coach at 396-4253. have fun. It allowed us to get to know each other on another level. The Serve others by serving in Tennis Across Montgomery. YOU evening was pleasant and, as always, can make a difference! the stadium was beautiful. And, it’s just not all about baseball. It’s truly a family experience,” she said. The Montgomery Biscuits adopted the FSC Receives Grant Notifications — Two to Fund FSC in the early days of their venture Outreach Efforts in Montgomery. The services they provide the agency include an ongoing full page ad in Biscuits The last several months have involved a flurry of activity as development staff programs; FSC posters located on the has scurried to identify new fund-raising prospects and apply for local, state and inside of bathroom stall doors; a federal grants. public service announcement regarding domestic violence that runs “The good news is, several of our grant applications came through,” said Amy during the games; and an FSC message Newell, FSC development coordinator. According to Amy, the help of intern Fran that runs on the scoreboard during Wood made a real difference. “Fran did such a good job writing the grant the seventh inning. Another portion applications, we received awards from the Elmore County Community of their gift package to the FSC is in Foundation and the Autauga Area Community Foundation.” These funds will be the works. used by Outreach staff to publish DV ads in the Wetumpka Herald and the “You guys all do amazing work and Prattville Progress during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. are a true asset to the community!” said Biscuits Assistant General Manager Amy and Fran were also successful in securing grants from Alpha Kappa Alpha Pat Day. He plans to get with Outreach sorority (for summer programs for children in shelter) and St. John’s Episcopal Supervisor Melanie Beasley and Public Church (for repair of the floor at the E.V.E.N. program.) In April, the FSC was Relations Specialist Leisa Johnson soon notified that it had received grant funding from the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery to work on scoreboard and broadcast to refurbish the shelter playground. commercials. “We are always pleased to receive grant funding, and always appreciative to the grantors. There are a number of agencies that have a tradition of giving to the FSC, and we truly would have a hard time achieving our mission without them,” said Karen Sellers. “We also thank Amy, Fran and all the FSC staff who have pulled together to help achieve our grant objectives.” R 3 “Gentle Reader” continued from front cover violence services. In addition, we Legislative Links have been in ongoing contact with our local legislative delegation, DV Makes News in South Carolina — It Could Happen urging them to support the funding Here of domestic violence shelters and child advocacy centers across the Sometimes a perpetrator of domestic violence may state. (The legislature adjourned not be a person striking a blow. Instead, it without passing the General Fund may be a person perpetuating a misguided budget, and will be addressing that attitude. And, such perpetrators always budget in special session sometime harm more than one victim. In fact, the over the summer.) numbers can grow exponentially as the message spreads: DV is nothing serious. While domestic violence makes Women should just walk away. If the headline news across Alabama and victims would just behave differently, the the nation every day, it seems unfair perpetrator might control his or her anger. and counterproductive that we must spend so much precious time pressing “You may be surprised how many people think this way. We are just fortunate lawmakers to fund our programs. in our service area that the majority of our colleagues understand the critical While it is very encouraging that nature of domestic violence,” said Executive Director Karen Sellers. reports indicate a reduction in the number of domestic violence cases Who are such perpetrators? They are the people who fail to fully understand the reported, victims continue to seek seriousness of domestic violence, unwittingly communicating to the public that our services and the costs to meet the issue is not important—that victims of DV can somehow prevent what their needs continue to rise. So, until happens to them, or should simply walk away. “It’s never that simple. In fact, our aggressive prevention efforts are 75 percent of domestic violence victims who become homicide statistics are totally successful, I would continue to killed when they try to get away,” Karen said. pray that those responsible for appropriating our tax dollars would A recent incident in South Carolina reinforces how easy it is to misunderstand recognize the vital nature of the DV. The situation involved two bills before the South Carolina legislature, one services we provide, and somehow dealing with cock fighting and the other dealing with domestic violence. Both make our jobs easier by fully funding bills aimed to make both acts of violence a felony instead of a misdemeanor. the functions we perform, so that we What was the outcome? The bill regarding cock-fighting passed, making it a can more completely focus on our felony in the state of South Carolina to engage in that “sport.” On the other primary mission. hand, at least initially, the DV bill was tabled. One proponent for tabling the legislation was so outspoken and his remarks so inflammatory that he created an ’til next time, uprising among DV advocates and the public in general. His comparison of the two bills—he favored stiffer penalties for cock-fighting because it reflected all the cruelty of games in the Roman coliseum, while he felt the bill addressing Karen penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders deserved more scrutiny because DV victims should never allow it to happen a second time—was aired many times on local and national television. (Since that time, probably because of the Don't forget to visit our website legislator’s serious gaff, the South Carolina legislature has revisited the DV bill.) www.familysunshine.org for mission updates How dangerous is it to misunderstand the true nature of DV? It can be LETHAL. and valuable resource links It is especially dangerous when the people who misunderstand occupy positions of power and respect because people listen to them. Because they do not take Donating on line the matter seriously, others may not—not even victims. “When a victim looks saves a check, around and sees that highly respected people think that domestic violence is just stamp and envelope for you a little family problem, and should be kept in the family, everyone suffers,” said and valuable time Karen. “Because of misguided attitudes, victims may not seek assistance but and funding for us. allow the dynamic to run its natural course, which, tragically, often ends in severe injury or death, and a new generation of perpetrators.” THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO! R 4 Thank You, Volunteers! April 1 — May 31, 2005 Rosa Amendt Annette Davis Devaris Jones John Sawyer Jennifer Ament Bonnie Deal Aaron Kelly Steve Searcy Kim Asberry Susan Diamond Jane Killian Winn Seay Sam Austin Daniel DiLaura Antoinette Knighten Novis Sessions John Averrett Joan DiLaura Mark LaBranche Sonya Sheets Leah Bailey Rose Drennon Landmark Church of Christ Sherlock, Smith & Adams Jean Baldwin Shaquatta Edgar Campus Ministry Shayla Sistrunk Glen Bannister Joan Ensley Marteal Laster Andrea Smoak Baptist Family Medicine Susan Enzweiler Tonya Lee Heather Stinson Residency Program Jamie Ewald Beverly Malone Suzanna Stinson Donna Barber Sam Fiefield Mami Mason Strait Gate Christian Center Karen Benton First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Angie McLellan Jay Taffet Vette Berrian Karen Fisher Brendan McTear Juliana Taylor Cherie Bethel Don Fisher John McWilliams III Vivian Terrell Lynda Billingsley Tammy Fleming John McWilliams IV Carolyn Thomas Sheila Blackshear Amanda Fleming Chayrisse Mears Christine Thomas Crystal Blair Mona Flowers Monica Merriweather Anastasia Thompson Dawn Bliss Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church Montgomery Academy Students Cassandra Turner Betty Blue Young Professionals Sunday School Class Carol Morris Nicole Turner Chauntye Boswell Kim Gaither Paul Moscarelli Ramona Ward Belinda Bradley Melissa George Barbara Murphy Ray Warren Toni Bruner Ithica Gilbert Latoya Myers Brooke Watford Brittany Busby Sherry Gilliard Charmica Pace Mary Weilder Bettie Carmack Deborah Hansen Susie Person Paula Weiss Amey Carter Joanne Harrison Maya Pettiway Carrie Wells Catrice Chandler Chuck Heim Classie Pickett Tracy Whitacre Cailin Chrismer Brittany Hendrix William Pike Ashley Killian White Julie Claussen Joyce Hester Heather Ploski Nowell White Judy Cobb Jeanie Holloway Greg Pool Bobby Whitehead Lee Cobb Charlene Holtsford Katie Poundstone Kelly Williams Heather Coleman Nat Huelsing Kristina Pressley Jackie Williams Leslie Craft Janice Jackson Stephen Pridgen Monica Williams Sheree Crawford Katherine Jackson Camilla Prince Felicia Williams Laura Crum Edwina Jackson Mary Ann Putt Marty Williams Beth Crum Matt Jerles Wanda Robinson Rachael Williford Jack Cuddy Bettye Johnson R.J. Routzahn Keisha Woodyard Janna Davenport Articia Johnson Cecelia Russell Alice Davidson Annamarie Jones LaShasta Sankey We strive for accuracy in volunteer recognition. If there is an error, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 206-2100. The Revival of the FSC Speakers’ Bureau The Family Sunshine Center receives “This is one job we had waiting for Current Volunteer Needs: many requests during the year for our new Outreach Supervisor. We are speakers for civic clubs, churches, very committed to developing a good • Spanish-speaking volunteers for school groups and others. “I have been group of volunteers who can fulfill on-call interpretation especially pleased, as well as some of the many requests we have motivated to revive our Speakers’ for speakers. As our work expands in • Volunteers for donation pick up Bureau, by the volume of requests the rural counties, we know the volume of and deliveries Family Sunshine Center receives for requests will also increase,” noted speakers and various presentations Anna Lee Ingalls, director of • Volunteers interested in assisting around our seven-county service area,” development. with our annual fundraiser Tennis said Melanie Beasley, outreach Across Montgomery supervisor who has been on the job Volunteer speakers will be asked to for several months. undergo several hours of training, • Volunteers to assist in rural which will include tips on public counties with our Life Line cell “For some time, the Family Sunshine speaking and information regarding phone collection project Center has planned to strengthen its the Family Sunshine Center’s mission Speakers’ Bureau, which includes and services. Anyone interested in To volunteer, contact the volunteer developing and training a new group volunteering for the Speakers’ Bureau coordinator at 206-2100. of volunteer speakers,” said Karen may call the outreach supervisor at Sellers. 334-206-2100. R 5 Thank You, Donors! April 1 — May 31, 2005 Honorariums & Memorials HONORARIUMS MEMORIALS In Honor of Ms. Lyndall Ross Barlow In Honor of Ken & Jessica Sanders In Memory of Bess Coates In Memory of Rebecca Rogers by friends of Lyndall Ross Barlow by Ms. Sandra Nickel by Ms. Katherine Hancock Crum by Robert L. & Betty B. Wells In Honor of David & Martha Martin In Honor of Mark & Kim Strickland In Memory of Jean Turner Harper In Memory of Charlotte B. Weeks by Ms. Sandra Nickel by Ms. Sandra Nickel by Mr. & Mrs. Warner L. Mathis by Ms. Rosemary Elebash In Honor of Kelly Noblin In Honor of Kent & Kathleen Thompson In Memory of Martha Nonnenmann by Ms. Virginia Noblin by Ms. Sandra Nickel by Annamarie & Gary Jones Gunter & Geraldine Wendlandt Memorials for Stephanie Harmon are listed on page 7 Financial & In-Kind Donors Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence Ann Haynes Martha Reid Sunday School Class Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs Kathleen Ann Healey Cristina H. Rendleman Alabama DHR- Contract Receivable Hi Tech Assets Inc. River Region United Way Aldersgate United Methodist Church Judy G. Horton Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Foundation United Methodist Women Cynthia A. Huggins Micheal Robinson Christian Outreach Anna Lee Ingalls Tonya D. Rogers Lester Spencer Circle Isle Obama Parrotheade Club Shirley K. Rose Virginia J. Andrews Gina T. Izer Barbara Allen Rosser Jerry & Roberta Atkinson Esther S. Jones R. J. Routzahn Autauga Area Community Foundation Ron Jones Saint James High School Mark & Sharron Ayers Althea Katrinia Jones Key Club Lesley Bass Fred R. & Jean T. Jones IPRL Class Greg & Phyllis Beavers Victoria’s Secret - The Shoppes Eastchase Timothy Mark Schall Lavette Berrian Cheri Jordan Sandra G. Segel Clinton Berry Tom & Jane Adams Killian Mamie Sellers Lynda G. Billingsley William T. Killian Angela T. Shelby Ron & Jennie Botterbusch Karl & Lauren Kirkland Beth K. Shepley Betty Brantley Carol H. Kloess Sherlock, Smith & Adams, Inc. . Thelma P Braswell Knights of Columbus Auxiliary 12150 Beverly Smith Barbara A. Brazell Linda A. Lashlee Sharleen Smith Joseph M. Bridges Elizabeth S. Launder Janice A. Snipes Latrenda Britt Lee & Lan Florist Inc. Sojourners Club Mary Frances Bruce Anne M. Levin St. John’s Episcopal Church of Montgomery Edith T. Bryant Angela S. Locklar Pamela D. Stallworth Rodney W. Byard Lynn A. Lonergan Linda G. Stearns Mary G. Cargile Alice Lucynski Linda Sterne Khristen Jane Carlson Ann Martin Esther M. Stock Carrabba’s Italian Grill Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base Peggy W. Suddath Glenda H. Carroll Commissioned Officer Training School Brenda Summerlin CCRW Sherry McCollough Lynda W. Sutter Children’s Trust Fund Lenda E.H. McElwee Marilyn R. Taylor Chilton County United Way McIntyre Middle School William H. & Linda O. Tilly Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church Mary Campbell McLemore Judy B. Van Heest City of Montgomery Myrtle J. McLeod Lois M. Van Houten Colonial BancGroup/Loan Department Medical Outreach Ministries Sonja Vanderberry Crenshaw County Domestic Violence Task Force Memorial Presbyterian Church Derrell L. Vaughn Donald R. & Joan M. Crocker Mission & Benevolence Fund Christopher M. Vucovich Dalraida Baptist Church Menefee Dill Fund WSFA - Channel 12 Ruth Sunday School Class Patricia A. Meyer Pat Waldrop Dalraida United Methodist Church Renee' D. Michael Hal Walker Social Action Circle Ann Michaud Beatrice H. Walton Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. William J. Mitchell Joan C. Watterson William D. Douglass The Montgomery Academy Joan L Welsch Elizabeth C. Dunn Middle School Gunter F.H. & Geraldine R. Wendlandt Eagle Awards & Corporate Gifts Al & Ann Montgomery Tracy Whitacre Joan Edelman Montgomery Area Doll and Toy Club of Alabama Whitfield Memorial United Methodist Church Elmore County Community Foundation Montgomery Biscuits Baseball Ladies Bible Class Robert Graham & Leigh Ann Esdale Montgomery County Commission United Methodist Women Missions Carolyn A. Estes Brenda J. Moulton Gerry S. Wilfing Exchange Club of East Montgomery Mt. Zion Baptist Church Terry & Nancy Williams Family Guidance Center of Alabama, Inc. Randy & Colleen Murphy Arthur & Jane Williams Family Sunshine Center Associate Council . Ann P Muscari David Wills First Christian Church Disciples Of Christ Newcomer’s Club of The Greater Montgomery Area James W. Wilson First United Methodist Church Louise J. Newell . Walter A. & Judith P Wilson Tower Class Wesley P & Merlin O. Newton . Barry L. Wilson Mary Reid Fisher Becky B. Norton . Dan & Leah P Winn Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church Betty Norwood Xi Beta Psi . Robert P & Barrie H. Froese Robert Paschen Ronald E. & Carolyn K. Yarbrough Melissa C. George Jerrilyn Petty Noble Yelverton Maudelle M. Gilliland Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Girl Scouts of South Central Alabama Alabama State University Alabama State University Troop 202 Joan O. Pierce GracePointe Church of Christ Leslie Prim Laura and Judy Halse Ridgecrest Baptist Church We strive for accuracy in donor recognition. If there is an error, please contact the Development Office at 206-2100. R 6 In Memory of Stephanie Harmon The FSC leadership and staff mourn with the grandfather, B.R. Lowe, helped oversee the renovation and family of Stephanie Harmon, a beautiful construction of the FSC shelter and Exodus program, Stephanie young lady whose full potential will be also took a personal interest in our clients. While a student at the unrealized due to the tragic lack of judgment Montgomery Academy, she did community service work with the of an impaired driver. With her death came children of the FSC,” said Karen Sellers. “We know this family the end of many hopes and dreams, and the occupies a special place in the heart of our community because of ultimate fear of all parents: the loss of a child. the tremendous outpouring of love and support the Family However, everyone touched by Stephanie — Sunshine Center has received in the name of Stephanie Harmon. I and there were many — must find comfort in sincerely hope that the Harmons can find some level of the celebration of her life. During her short consolation in the fact that many families in the grip of violent life, she loved and was beloved, she touched crises will find refuge and hope in the services provided by the and was touched by many, she grew gifted in many areas and FSC, and that those services are being supported by their friends, shared those gifts in fruitful ways, and she served a purpose that neighbors and colleagues who wanted to remember the life of we all share, which is to grow a giving heart and scatter its seeds their precious daughter in a meaningful way.” among others who are blessed in understanding the joy of giving and the warmth of receiving. While much can and will be said about Stephanie by those who knew and loved her best, the FSC staff — those who worked closely “Barrie Harmon, who has been our agency’s insurance with Barrie through the years and those whose hearts break with representative for as long as I’ve been at the FSC, wanted his the family because they can only project the depth of bereavement daughter to understand that good fortune should never be taken one would feel to lose a child—wish to express their most sincere for granted. While the entire Harmon family have adopted an condolences and prayers that the Harmon family will be lifted on FSC family at Christmas for a number of years, and Stephanie’s the wings of angels in this time of grief and sorrow. Gifts given in memory of Stephanie Harmon: Kristen R. Adair Thomas B. H. & Bonnye O. Ely Virginia Noblin George M. Akers Brian Ensley Robert F. & Karen A. Northcutt Alabama Shakespeare Festival Donna W. Farrior Tabor R. & Caroline B. Novak, Jr. Amtech, LLC F & C Construction, LLC Jack Owen Mr. & Mrs. Whit Armstrong Paul & Barbara Flowers Foundation Pearson Management Group Robert T. & Sally B. Ashurt Elizabeth G. Gallion Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co. Associated Insurance Adminstrators, Inc. . Joseph E. & Mary P Garrison Pepsi - Cola Bottling Company of Luverne, Inc. Operating Account Corinna M. Gauntt Ray B. & Anne H. Petty BankTrust Fletcher & Lacy Gibson Pickwick Antiques Robert W. & Julia A. Bannon Spencer Hall Jack Porter Harry M. & Terri M. Barnes Reginald T. & Anne E. Hamner Jacqueline B. Porter Mr. & Mrs. Joe F. Bear, Jr. Harlequins Beverly Rutland Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC Robert B. Harwood, Jr. T. L. III & Susan C. Samuel Karl B. & Maxine E. Benkwith Herron House Antiques, Inc. Shannon Sanders Clinton Berry, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Arthur Hester, III. Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Schloss Elizabeth W. Blackmon W. Inge & Camille Elebash-Hill Tom C. & Karen B. Sellers Boys & Girls Clubs of Montgomery Board Fund James W. & Sally B. Hodo Steven S. Sharp Bill & Carol Lansden Brewbaker John M. & Jean H. Holloway Lee H. & Jane D. Sims Carl B. & Betty W. Brown James B. & Cecily O. Hulett Mr. & Mrs. Maury D. Smith Jane Bryan Jackson Hospital Clinic, Inc. Southern Controls, Inc. Dan M. & Peggy M. Buckley Johnstone Adams Bailey Gordon & Harris, LLC SouthTrust/Wachovia Corporation Heath Buckner Attorneys at Law Mr. & Mrs. W. Holt Speir, III Louis C. III & Lang Cardinal Cheri Jordan Charles A. & Winifred L. Stakely Alex H. & Helen J. Carothers Stephen A. & Samye W. Kermish Harold M. III & Mary Margaret Sylvest Malcolm R. & Diane R. Carson Barbara F. Lemley George W. & Paulette B. Thompson A. Craig & Susan S. Chapman Leroy Hill Coffee Company, Inc. Linda Y. Thornbury Christian Testing Laboratories, Inc. Ralph & Ellen Loeb, Jr. United Fire Group A. Sidney Coleman Scott & Mary Lowe Sue J. Vancleave Mr. & Mrs. William D. Coleman Magnum Roofing Company L. L. C. Crystal J. Walker Laurie Cooper Marshall Construction James N. & Adele V. Walter William S. & Margaret Day Craddock Mr. & Mrs. Mark C. Martin Laurie Jean Weil Charles M. & Edith J. Crook Mr. & Mrs. Warner L. Mathis Arthur & Jane Williams Crum Charitable Foundation James & Cheryl Matthews Terry & Nancy Williams Elizabeth Burford Crump McAlpine Tankersley Architecture, Inc. Barry L. Wilson, MD CV Holdings, LLC J. Fairley McDonald . Walter A. & Judith P Wilson Donald H. Jr. & Ruth B. H. Dahlene McIntyre & Fitzpatrick Realty Co., Inc. . Dan & Leah P Winn Mr. & Mrs. James E. Davis, Jr. The Tom & Amy Methvin Foundation Ronald E. & Carolyn K. Yarbrough The Delaney Foundation, Inc. William J. Mitchell Noble Yelverton Dixie Electric Company, Inc. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Robert H. & Florence H. Young L. Susan Doss Johnny & Pat M. Moore General Jim & Jeanne Leighton Drummond Nichols, Meinert & Associates Architects, LLC The above list reflects gifts given in memory of Stephanie Harmon as of June 23, 2005. Any gifts received after that date will be reflected in the August/September 2005 issue of LINKS. R 7 Montgomery Area Family Violence Program, Inc. Non-Profit Org. /d.b.a./ U.S. Postage Family Sunshine Center PAID Permit #647 Montgomery, AL .O. P Box 5160 Montgomery, AL 36103-5160 Office: 334.206.2100 E.V.E.N. 334.262.3219 or 3319 24-Hour Crisis Line 1.800.650.6522 24-Hour Local Crisis Line (collect calls accepted) 334.263.0218 TTY Hotline for the Hearing Impaired 1.800.787.3224 Fax: 334.206.2111 www.familysunshine.org The Family Sunshine Center is a River Region & Chilton County United Way Agency. Our Mission: To end family violence and foster hope and healing. To offer immediate response and a safe haven in crisis. To provide advocacy, counseling, and support for families to empower them to lead safe and violence-free lives. To promote community awareness through education and training. This project was supported by Subgrant #04-FV-VS-009, awarded by ADECA/Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Division/Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of ADECA/the U.S. Department of Justice. Congratulations Hyundai We at the FSC would like to congratulate Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama on the grand opening of its Montgomery plant on May 20, 2005. The team members of Hyundai’s Engine Shop adopted the FSC as a team building community service project slightly more than a year ago. Since that time they have completed eight project days — a total of 1,125 volunteer hours, valued at $19,339. This has been an invaluable help to our mission, and we look forward to a continued partnership. We wish you all the best as you officially kick off your Alabama venture!