Assistance with Medical Needs

OUR Home is able to assist people who need help paying for prescriptions or other medical expenses, thanks to our longtime partnership with the Mercer County Society for Crippled Children.  Their funds, which are held at the Mercer County Civic Foundation, are distributed to those who need them through OUR Home’s Direct Services program.

We are grateful to the Society for Crippled Children and to the Civic Foundation for entrusting OUR Home with this source of support for the community’s needs.

Immaculate Conception Students Donate

During Lent, the Religious Education classes at Immaculate Conception showed their love and concern for the poor among us by contributing to a collection for OUR Home.  On May 5, they presented a check for $645.39 to Kathy Mescher, who thanked them on behalf of those whose lives will be impacted by their generosity.

Sexual Assault Helpline

The Sexual Assault HelpLine is up and running. If you or anyone you know needs someone to talk to, help is available. Call the Statewide HelpLine at 1-844-OHIO-HELP (6446-4357). Now open 24/7 for confidential support to all survivors of sexual assault. This HelpLine connects to all existing services and increases access to all Ohioans, particularly in communities without 24/7 hotline support.

Family Crisis Network is in the beginning stages of incorporating our services to assist victims of Sexual Assault. In the meantime, our staff hopes that this Statewide HelpLine can serve as an additional resource. Check out the video below to learn additional information.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We all can play a part in building community and building hope.  This month and throughout the year, Our Home Family Resource Center encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Mercer County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities. Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional competence of children

April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families.  Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

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A Big Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Celina and all the OUR Home Volunteers!

April is National Volunteer Month, the entire month is dedicated to honoring all volunteers & encouraging volunteerism in our community. A big THANK YOU to the Kiwanis Club of Celina for aiding Family Crisis Network with spring cleaning this past weekend!! Also, thank you to all of the volunteers that donate their time & energy to assist OUR Home throughout the entire year!

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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.