Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month!

1 in 3 teen in the U.S. has experienced some form of abuse by a dating partner.
Dating abuse affects around 1.5 million teens annually.

If you, or someone you know, is being affected by dating violence call Family Crisis Network at 419.586.1133 Option 2.

Apps Designed to Keep You Safe

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Our smart phones can do amazing things for us—set our crock-pots, lull us to sleep, spy on our dog when we’re not at home. It seems every month debuts a new app that can help us improve our lives in some way and, luckily, a myriad of new apps are being developed to help us stay safe. Many of these can be valuable to survivors of domestic violence and stalking, though they’re applicable to anyone who wants to be proactive about his or her safety.

See three new recommendations below.

iUDAME

Pronounced like the Spanish word, “ayúdame,”—the English translation of which is “help me”—this newly released app allows you to alert a select group of your contacts during an emergency with the touch of a button. You can choose up to five of your contacts to alert, who, along with emergency personnel, will receive your GPS location allowing them to get you help ASAP.

Pros: Valuable for those currently in a domestic violence situation who may not have time or ability to dial 911 and give their contact information when abuse occurs. Only $1.99 per month after 30-day free trial.

Cons: Easily recognized as an emergency app on your phone. Wouldn’t be difficult for an abuser to spot if he or she had access to your phone.

 

iProtect

Much like iUDAME, iProtect will alert a select number of your contacts to your exact GPS location in the case of an emergency, as well as alerting local emergency personnel. The extra bonus here is you can also activate an alarm to sound and enable what’s called a “Digital Witness” to capture and share real time images of whatever is occurring. There is a one-time fee of $1.99 to download.

Pros: A “fake call” function will allow you to contact authorities without letting on that’s what you’re actually up to. Could be a valuable tool for those being stalked, threatened or held against their will. Icon is also less recognizable as an emergency app—is simply a black box with a red dot in the middle.

Con: One user said the alarm can go off if you accidentally hit the button.

 

 Watch Over Me

Think of this free app as a virtual friend walking you home at night. If you feel like your safety might be compromised, you can enable the app and set a timer for how long it should track your location. If you don’t disengage the app before your time is up, emergency personnel will be notified. You can also allow select contacts to track your journey for an extra precaution.

Pros: If an emergency occurs, you can shake the app to set off an alarm, alert your contacts, turn on the flashlight and start taking video.

Con: Some glitches have been reported when setting up the app, but developers say they updated it in December to fix these.

 

 

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence cautions that these apps should not be used or depended upon as your sole source of protection and can potentially be used by an abuser against you. Always have a plan for your safety in addition to any tool you may use, regardless of your situation.  These apps do not serve as a replacement for emergency services—in any situation where you feel that you may be at risk, please dial 911 or your local emergency number.

 

**Please contact the Family Crisis Network office for concerns regarding safety planning at 419.586.1133, Option 2.

Santa Night at Hair Affair

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Hair Affair Salon in Celina recently held a “Santa Night” in which people were asked to donate personal care items (ex. soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry soap) in exchange for hair styling, nail painting and pictures with Santa.  We thank you Hair Affair for thinking of us for the second year in a row.  These items are greatly appreciated by the families we serve.

Mercer County Civic Foundation Grant

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The Mercer County Civic Foundation has expressed its confidence in OUR Home by awarding generous grants for two of our programs which provide essential, even critical, assistance to families and individuals in our community.  The grant for Family Crisis will benefit survivors of domestic violence with emotional support, advocacy, emergency shelter, and safety planning.  The funds for the Direct Services program allow us to assist those with emergency needs for utilities, rent assistance, and medical expenses.

OUR Home thanks the Civic Foundation for their strong support of our efforts to serve those in need in our community.

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Grant Received for Direct Services Program

OUR Home Family Resource Center has been recommended by Catholic leaders in the Mercer/Auglaize County area as “an effective means to alleviate poverty and hunger in (our) local neighborhoods,” leading the Catholic Social Action Office to award the agency a grant of $650.

During Lent, a traditional time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving before Easter, parishes, schools and households in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati participated in the Rice Bowl program.  Along with international humanitarian efforts, a part of the proceeds from that effort are awarded to agencies such as OUR Home which have provided and continue to provide essential services that alleviate poverty and hunger.

The grant will be used in OUR Home’s Direct Services program, which provides food, personal care items, and over $20,000 of emergency financial assistance to local families and individuals each year.

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Help Me Grow Home Visiting Program

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Help Me Grow Home Visiting

The Home Visiting program provides expectant or new parents with the information, support and encouragement they need through a voluntary, high-quality home visiting service. Home Visiting aims to educate at-risk parents with the resources to understand and capitalize on the optimal early years of a child’s life. By supporting the positive interaction with children in stable and stimulating environments, the Home Visiting program seeks to create a sturdy foundation for future achievement. Ultimately, this approach is essential to the educational and economic success of Ohio’s children and families.

The Help Me Grow Home Visiting program has four central goals:

  1. Increase healthy pregnancies;
    2. Improve parenting confidence and competence;
    3. Increase family connectedness to community and social supports;
    4. Improve child health, development, and readiness.

 **Please contact the office for questions pertaining to Help Me Grow eligibility at 419.586.1721.

2015 Angel Tree Program

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 Angel Tree Program for families that need assistance getting Christmas gifts for their children ages 12 and under. The deadline is November 19th, call (419) 586-4663 for more information or if you’d like to Volunteer your time for this event on December 10th for set up or December 11th for the day of.

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Landfair Church Donation

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Thank you to Landfair Church for their generous donation of personal care items to OUR Home.  Items donated included toothpaste and toothbrushes, numerous hand soap and body washes, as well as shampoo and conditioner.   The items donated will be distributed through the OUR Home food pantry and will be greatly appreciated by families who may not always be able to afford them.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple DVMany people don’t know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Help us paint the town purple! Join Family Crisis Network and the National Network to End Domestic Violence on Thursday, October 22 by wearing or displaying purple to raise awareness about domestic violence.