The Northern a STAR p u bl i c a ti o n of c r is is c e nt e r nor t h second edition 2011 The mission of Crisis Center Enjoy CoCktails & CuisinE for WomEn in Crisis C North is to empower victims risis Center North Participating vendors of domestic violence and will hold its 4th include: John Marshall cultivate community attitudes annual signature Catering, Bella Frutteto, and behaviors that break fundraising event, D’Andrea Wine Imports, the cycle of violence. Cocktails & Cuisine for Fuhrer Wholesale, Erin’s Women in Crisis May 20, Fine Foods Catering, Key 2011, from 6 - 10 p.m. at Impact, Hartwood The Woodlands in Restaurant, Woodside’s Bradford Woods. Grille, Panera, SweetHouse BIG BURRITO Sponsorship is provided by Bake Shop, The Franklin 2 The Allegheny County Inn Mexican Restaurant, District Attorney’s Office Southern Wine and Spirits, GLAS SLIPPER BALL and Diehl Toyota Scion with Media Wexford Post Office Catering Group, 3 Sponsorship provided by North Hills Kaufman House, Aladdin’s Eatery, Walnut Monthly Magazine. Grove, McGinnis Sisters, Pretzel Crazy, IMPACT OF GRIEF Pinnacle Vodka, Arrowhead Wine and 3 Jon Burnett, KDKA-TV Accuweather Ugandan Gold Coffee. Forecaster will serve as emcee and the event will feature taste treats from over 20 top- Please join us! To order tickets visit CCN ON FILM notch local restaurants and wine/beer/ale crisiscenternorth.org, or call 412-364- 4 purveyors. The event will also include music 6728, x15. $60 for general admission, from local jazz duet, It Takes Two, and an $75 for VIP which includes premier SAVE MONEY BY SUPPORT extensive silent and live auction. Celebrity parking and early admission. 5 foodie judges, Kate Guerriro and Kaitlyn Johnston will be selecting the Best Overall CCN serves victims of domestic violence in POLICE TRAINING Taste Treat and all event guests will have the the northern and western communities of 6 opportunity to vote for The People’s Choice Allegheny County, providing support to over Award for overall favorite. 2,000 victims each year through free and MEGAN’S LAW confidential counseling and advocacy event sponsors services. All funds raised from the event 7 support these life saving services for families in our neighborhood. Homicide W H A T ’ S rates of domestic violence have risen 49% INSIDE on the state level and 36% on the county level in the past two years. media sponsor The Northern 2 STAR no joy for CCn f or the past eight months, CCN has had counseling division are just some of the the privilege of hosting Joy Horner, a indispensible functions Joy has performed. social work intern from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work ethic, sense of Perhaps most vital was her organization of humor, and reliability have become fixtures CCN’s Holiday Program. She worked tirelessly of the counseling department in her tenure. to coordinate holiday gift donations and However, as the saying goes, all good things distribution to over 270 women and children. must come to an end. Joy will be leaving CCN Even after Joy’s required internship hours in April to prepare for her May 1st graduation. were satisfied, she strived to fulfill each holiday wish list to the greatest possible extent, and It seemed from the very beginning that she in doing so, helped to illuminate the holiday was a perfect candidate for the agency and season for the survivors that CCN serves. that her skill set would be too valuable to pass up. After two semesters of memorable Although the staff at CCN is sorry to see her moments and accomplishments, it is clear Joy Horner, CCN’s social work intern from go, we are grateful that Joy selected our that Joy was indeed the best fit. Her passion the University of Pittsburgh agency for her internship. We thank her for for the movement to end domestic violence her outstanding service, and we hope that we has been evident in her work. That passion Researching and providing resource have benefitted her as much as she has is not easily taught, but is essential to the materials to clients, making promotional us. Based on the competence and initiative responsibility of respectfully and professionally items for new programs, assisting survivors that she has displayed, we are certain that, no serving survivors. Throughout the academic in filing for protection from abuse (PFA) matter where her journey takes her, Joy will year, Joy has achieved that and more. orders, and organizing materials for the have a lifetime of successes ahead of her. thank you big burrito C CN’s staff and board members would like to send out a big burrito thank you to Mad Mex Robinson and the big Burrito Restaurant Group for hosting a benefit dinner for the organization on March 15th. The event raised over $1,400. A special thank you to the Mad Mex staff members and Manager, Jeff Mach. Everyone made our experience so great, and as always, the food was outstanding. A representative from Blacktie Pittsburgh was there that night and took some photos. If you are interested visit blacktie-pittsburgh.com; the event is currently highlighted on the home page. Ole! Pajama Party Will you be our friend? C r risis Center North recently received a donation of over 200 emember to be a fan of CCN on Facebook! Our Facebook pairs of children’s pajamas from a pajama drive at the page is a resource for volunteers, donors and the general St. Bonaventure School. Students there came together to public to find out more about current trends in domestic make bedtime warmer and more comfortable for child survivors of violence, upcoming events, and much more. Become a fan today and domestic violence. For making a donation to CCN, the students were show your support! Visit our page at able to wear their own pajamas to school for a day. A special thanks www.facebook.com/nonprofits#!/pages/ to everyone involved, including The Pajama Project who connected Crisis-Center-North/157104917640693. St. Bonaventure with Crisis Center North! The Northern STAR 3 grEat food and finE WinE for bright futurEs t he 8th Annual Glass Slipper Ball was Hosted by emcee WTAE Anchor, Sally held at the Four Points Sheraton Wiggin, the Glass Slipper Ball featuring the Saturday, March 5th by Zonta Three Best of the Chefs and Libation Purveyors, Rivers. This year, more than $50,000 was is one of Pittsburgh’s largest and most raised for scholarships for girls and women. popular fundraisers. An amazing sampling To date, the event has generated more than by Pittsburgh’s finest Chefs was enjoyed by $325,000 for scholarships that are more than 450 guests. distributed through the Zonta Pittsburgh North Foundation to agencies such as Crisis The 2011 event showcased dozens of Center North, HEARTH, POWER, Girls Hope, restaurants whose chefs create signature and North Hills Community Outreach. hors d’oeuvres and desserts designed thE imPaCt of griEf specifically for this event including: on a survivor A beneficiary from last year’s event, CCN was Andora Catering, Atria’s, Bella Frutteto, o able to allocate $10,000 in scholarship Blue Water Tavern, China Palace, pen the newspaper, watch the news, funds to clients to aid with their educational Cioppino, Erin’s Fine Foods, Four Points talk to your neighbors, in today’s endeavors. With those funds, eight women Sheraton, Fresco’s, The Hartwood, John world you will find there is no were able to pay for tuition and associated Marshall Catering, Key Impact, McGinnis shortage of grief. We experience grief educational costs. Sisters, The Naked Grape, Osteria 2350, whenever we encounter the loss of someone The Perfect Pastry, Pretzel Crazy, The or something, which we value. For most, “The flexibility of the funds is so helpful to Regional Learning Alliance, Saga, grief is thought of when there is the death of our clients. While many scholarship funds Shakespeare’s, SiBA, Springfield Grille, a loved one, but grief can also be experienced don’t allow for payment of associated SweetHouse Bake Shop, Ugandan Gold when we lose a job, a home, even our educational costs, Zonta acknowledges that Coffee, Walnut Grove, Willow, and appearance or physical abilities due to age. without childcare, books, and/or computers, Woodside’s Grill. Also featured were pursuing an education would not be possible,” tastings from libation purveyors including: An often states Stacy de las Alas, Development Capital Wine and Spirits, D’Andrea misunderstood “Every day we Specialist. “Through Zonta’s fundraising Imports, Fuhrer Wholesale, Southern emotion by efforts our team is able to help women Wine and Spirits and The Wine Boss. domestic each encounter change their lives,” furthers de las Alas. violence victims, sadness and grief someone who can be palpable in abusive is dealing with relationships. Survivors may be grief… coping with the loss of a once happy relationship, losing trust in their partner, or experiencing grief over the loss of their sense of self. On March 29, CCN volunteers, staff, and board had the opportunity to participate in a training on the psychology of grief. This presentation, facilitated by Erin Varner, focused on what grief is, how it affects us, and how we can manage it. Erin, who is also Detmer Shaffer, CCN Finance Committee Volunteer; Grace Coleman, CCN Executive a student at the Pittsburgh Institute of Director; and Alicia Dal Lago, CCN Board Member at Large, enjoy the Glass Slipper Ball on March 5th. continued on page 6 The Northern 4 STAR WomEn in film & mEdia Psa ProjECt – a monstrous aCComPlishmEnt i n December 2008, CCN applied for the Women In Film and Media PSA Project. Women In Film and Media of Pittsburgh’s stated purpose is to improve the status and portrayal of women in film, video and other screen-based media. With emphasis on education, they serve to provide access to opportunities in the industry and work with non-profits dedicated to helping women and children. Their PSA Program benefits local non-profit organizations and assists women by mentoring them in a production atmosphere to give a hands-on experience while being guided by professionals. In March 2009, CCN was selected with two other area nonprofits to present their organizations and missions to the PSA committee. Later that month, CCN was selected as the PSA recipient. Scripts were presented to CCN in December; in January 2010, a script was determined, and by April, the scenes were filmed. After much anticipation, CCN was able to present the PSA at our annual meeting in November. “When we sat down to look at scripts and concepts that would work for our center, we wanted something different that would set CCN’s PSA apart from others. We shared a monster concept with WIFM that we had seen done in an international print campaign. We all agreed on the uniqueness of this concept and felt it would capture the attention of viewers young and old,” says Erin Varner, PSA Committee Member. Producer Lisa Smith describes the story as a woman watching a horror movie on TV and as the camera pushes in, the viewer sees a scene of a woman being chased by a man who turns out to be a monster. As the story unfolds, the viewer realizes the woman is in some sort of distress in her relationship and the monster is her partner who walks through the door in the end. The gist of it is, she doesn’t have to watch a horror movie – she lives one.” “The concept behind the PSA is to help people understand that it can happen to anyone and that it really is a nightmare type of situation,” says Board President Lisa Wagner. All of the volunteer crew members from WIFM said they were very motivated and excited to donate their time to a cause that helps save women’s lives. Development Specialist, Stacy de las Alas comments, “The time and effort donated by this team was incredible. It was amazing to me how much time it took to capture a shot. The patience and teamwork of the crew was outstanding. We are so impressed with the outcome!” If you would like to see the PSA or view the video that was made to capture the filming process, visit our website, there are links to both on the home page. The Northern EldEr abusE and its PrEvalEnCE STAR 5 d id you know that over two million older Americans are victims of physical, psychological, or other forms of abuse and neglect? According to a 2003 National Research Council Panel assigned to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect, between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection. Every five seconds, an elderly person is abused, with just five states accounting for over 1/3 of all elder abuse cases in the U.S. These states include: California, Florida, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania. Types of Elder Abuse include: • Abandonment – Desertion of a person According to the Colorado Gerontological • Physical Abuse – Use of physical force by an individual who has physical Society and Senior Answers and Services, by that may result in bodily injury. custody or a person who provides care the year 2030 there will be 70 million older • Sexual Abuse – Non-consensual sexual for the elder. persons, which will represent 20% of the contact of any kind with an elderly population. If you suspect elder abuse, person. don’t hesitate to speak up! Keep in mind Elder abuse can cause depression, isolation, • Emotional Abuse – Pain or grief and/or deterioration of health and well that expressing your concern will let the through verbal acts or non-verbal acts. being. Some elders live a shorter life than person know that you care. Understanding • Financial Exploitation – Illegal control those that have not suffered elder abuse. the warning signs and offering support can of property, assets or funds. The effect of elder abuse also depends on help them escape an abusive situation and the relationship with the individual causing begin the healing process. CCN is a • Neglect - Refusal to care for and community resource for elder abuse; provide for the elderly person. the abuse and those who can prevent the abuse from occurring. contact the hotline or a counselor for more information or support. suPPorting CCn Can savE you monEy r aising money in this economy is service provider stays the same (Duquesne tough, so we are finding creative Light or PPL). So if you convert your meter, ways to sustain programs for Crisis you raise $24 dollars for CCN in a year’s Here’s how: Center North. Since Pennsylvania has been time and you save on your electric bill. • Find a copy of your electric bill and go deregulated, you now have a choice about Sign up for a greener, more affordable to www.viridian.com/ccnenergy - you where to buy your electricity. If you are energy plan and… can compare rates here currently a Duquesne Light or PPL customer, you can start saving on your electric bill • Save $ on the electricity portion of the • Click on “become a customer” button with one quick click. bill you are currently paying on the upper right side of the homepage • Help sustain CCN in the green leaf Viridian is a green alternative power • Have no contract, no application fee and company that supports nonprofits by paying no cancellation fee Once you make the switch, you’ll have two $2 per month for every meter that converts. • Complete a one-time, three minute long reasons to feel good! As always, thank Nothing changes on your bill and your application to have long term savings. you for supporting CCN. The Northern 6 STAR CCn Programs to be featured ross toWnshiP hosts County-WidE at the national organization for PoliCE training victim assistance Conference t C he Allegheny County District represented a variety of municipalities CN would like to congratulate a Attorney’s office and advocates from including, but not limited to, Ross number of staff and their the four county domestic violence Township, McKees Rocks, and Homestead. colleagues on the acceptance of programs have partnered to educate and Trainers consisted of representatives from their workshop proposals to present at support front line law enforcement the District Attorney’s office and the the 37th Annual NOVA Conference. The officers. “As advocates, we often find Allegheny County Police Department. conference, to be held this August in ourselves on the second line of defense, Philadelphia, is offered by the National intervening after a victim is already Topics covered in the session included: Organization for Victim Assistance involved with the criminal justice system,” • identifying primary aggressor (NOVA). Each year, professionals from says Allison Martin, Legal Advocate, Crisis victim service organizations around the • officer safety Center North. Police officers, on the other country travel to the NOVA conference to hand, are not afforded the same luxuries. • lethality hear leading authorities in the field Their lives are placed in danger every time • prosecution tips speak about dynamic programs and they respond to a domestic violence call. • case study reviews innovative ideas emerging from work In situations where more than one party being done across the United States. has a bruise, officers are faced with the test of identifying the primary aggressor. The training was duplicated in McKeesport This year, CCN submitted three And the challenges don’t stop there. After on March 25 for police departments who workshop proposals with each being making an arrest, police must appear in were unable to attend the initial session accepted by NOVA’s review team. Grace court, on-duty or off-duty, countless times due to scheduling conflicts. Coleman, Executive Director, and Kristy before the matter can be completely Carnahan, Supervisor of Counseling resolved. Costs to departments for paying “We wanted to get a clear message out Services, will be presenting a workshop off-duty officers can result in financial there that we are here to help and support on the pet therapy program launched at hardships for the local municipality. our local police departments” says CCN this past spring. Grace’s widely Additionally, on-duty officers may find Allison. Officers were encouraged to adored dog, Penny, will also be making themselves pulled from daily duties to contact their local domestic violence the trip to showcase the many talents appear in court. agency on behalf of a victim immediately she brings to the Center. Grace has also after the first point of contact. It is the been accepted to lead a separate On March 10, the group convened in the goal of all involved parties, through better workshop, presenting her work on the Council Room of the Ross Township partnerships, to enhance services and Western Regional Training Initiative. Municipal Building. Officers in attendance response to victims of domestic violence. This invaluable online program makes it possible for volunteers, staff, and board members to conveniently complete grief continued from page 3 domestic violence and sexual assault program training requirements. Finally, Mortuary Sciences, recently took a course volunteers know how to help others and Erin Varner; Dr. John Chapin of Penn on grief and found many connections to her ourselves when we are faced with grief,” State University; and Patricia Hefner, MSN, work at CCN. says Erin. RNC, faculty member for Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing, have been “Every day we each encounter someone Erin advises that the most important thing accepted to present on current research who is dealing with grief, whether it is a you can do for someone who is grieving is to and training practices of CCN’s Medical client, friend, or neighbor. At some point, offer your support. “Often we don’t know Advocacy Program. we will be called upon to help a person what to say to someone experiencing a loss, cope, or have to cope ourselves with a loss. and that’s okay. It’s more important to offer a It’s important to me that our staff and warm and empathetic ear than anything else.” The Northern STAR 7 mission vision’s ComPassion lEads to Collaboration E ach year, nonprofit organizations One day of hard work will gratify these benefit from the generosity of survivors and the staff for years to come. neighboring businesses that offer their time and talent through the United Beyond the cosmetic improvements, Way’s Day of Caring. Usually, corporations Mission Vision has initiated a collaboration provide this support, but this year, Crisis with CCN and some of our sister agencies in Center North was honored to receive neighboring counties. Because of this assistance from Mission Vision, another partnership, Vision of Hope, with their nonprofit agency in our community. mobile eye care unit staffed with state- licensed medical professionals, can provide Mission Vision is an organization which eye exams and glasses to survivors of partners exclusively with Western Pennsylvania’s and doughnuts. Invigorated by caffeine and domestic violence and their children, who most prominent charitable and educational sugar, and armed with a steam cleaner, the otherwise would not be able to afford them. organizations to provide free eye care and volunteers set out to scrub the carpets in the eyewear to the homeless and uninsured, areas most used by CCN’s clients. They What started with doughnuts, paint and working poor adults, underprivileged moved on to refresh the counseling office cleaning products will culminate with children, and veterans in the community. with spackle for the nail holes and a coat of healthy eyesight for 40 survivors. CCN paint for the walls. would like to thank Mission Vision for The Day of Caring began with four creating a new but lasting partnership with volunteers from Mission Vision providing The result is a more welcoming space the local domestic violence advocacy the CCN staff with much-appreciated coffee where survivors can share their stories. community. sharE your attitudE & knoWlEdgE about heavy duty spring Cleaning m mEgan’s laW ake room in your garage or driveway – donate your m egan’s Law began in 1992, after unwanted vehicle to CCN to aid the rape and murder of seven- clients with transportation needs. CCN is year-old Megan Kanka by Jesse pleased to be partnering with North Hills Timmendequas, who had been previously Community Outreach through its convicted of sex crimes and had lived Community Auto Program, which puts across the street from Kanka with four other donated vehicles back into the hands of sex offenders. The law requires sex offender financially struggling individuals and registration, with a database tracked by the The effectiveness of offender registration is families. Car, truck, boat, or plane – any state. Each state decides what information constant fodder for both media and vehicle in any condition is accepted. will be made available and how it should be politicians alike. Proponents say the laws disseminated. Commonly included are necessary for the control and Please consider this unique way to information includes the offender’s name, monitoring of dangerous individuals who contribute and provide support to CCN’s picture, address, incarceration date, and live among the general populace. Opponents work with and for survivors of domestic nature of crime. The information is often say the law has had little impact on violence. Call CCN’s Fiscal Director, Ron displayed on free public websites, but can recidivism rates. Aikins, at 412-364-6728, ext. 20 to learn be published in newspapers, distributed in more about donating your vehicle and pamphlets, or through various other means. Long-time CCN volunteer, Dr. John Chapin how to receive the maximum Federal tax In Pennsylvania, residents can access the (Penn State University), is conducting a deduction possible through Crisis Center information on the web (www.pameganslaw. study about attitudes concerning Megan’s North. state.pa.us/). Law. The online survey (surveymonkey. com/s/G9CJKVW) takes five to ten minutes to complete and is completely confidential. Crisis Center North NON-PROFIT Providing direction to victims of domestic violence ORGANIZATION P.O. Box 101093 U.S. POSTAGE Pittsburgh, PA 15237 PAID PITTSBURGH, PA PERMIT NO. 256 24-hour Hotline (412) 364-5556 he e Save t dat Friday, May 20 4th Annual Cocktails & Cuisine board of dirECtors staff Lisa Wagner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Grace Coleman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director Dr. Donna Imhoff . . . . . . . . Vice President Dr. Ron Aikins, Ph.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fiscal Director Stacy de las Alas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Development Specialist Alicia Dal Lago. . . . . . . . . .Member at Large Erin Varner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supervisor of Advocacy Services Kristy Carnahan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supervisor of Counseling Services Dana Bissontz Allison Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Legal Advocate Dr. Glenn M. Nelson Matt Karg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Case Manager/Legal Advocate Jonathan Hoover Joyce Lunz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Legal Advocate Christine Kleck Jeannie Friedlander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Legal Advocate Karyll Davis Leon Strimel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prevention Educator Grace Coleman Priscilla Palmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Children’s Counselor Sharon Nesbit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clerical Receptionist Julie Stoeklein Michelle Gable Napoli Please show your generosity. Giving to CCN is as easy as a few clicks. Log on to www.crisiscenternorth.org and click “Contribute” on the home page. Read all about CCN’s new A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained for PSA on page 4! the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania – 1-900-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
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