How bittersweet to say goodbye to our Children’s Advocacy Program Director, Charlotte Ehney, who has decided to retire after 14 years of dedicated service to Beyond Abuse. Her last day at the agency will be Friday Nov. 17, 2017.
Charlotte was instrumental in the creation and national accreditation of the Children’s Advocacy Program, then known as “The Child’s Place”, in 2003. She is well respected by her peers across the state and is known as an “expert” in her field. She will be missed! We wish Charlotte the best in her future endeavors!
What a beautiful day to celebrate a huge milestone in the history of the organization! We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community. Past and current board members were also on hand to witness the dedication of our new ADMIN/EDUC building to Self Regional Healthcare and to also assist in the burning of the mortgage on the Support Services Building.
A special thanks to the members of the Heritage Sertoma Club for their generous donation to the agency on Monday Nov 13, 2017. Donations were made to several other local non profits during their annual dinner held at the Inn On the Square. Pictured below are members of the club with representatives from Humane Society, Burton Center, Beyond Abuse, & Hospice.
Cathy Smith, with Mental Health America SC, was on campus to train staff and volunteers on QPR (Questioning, Persuade, Refer) – Suicide Prevention Training. Thanks Cathy!!
Our wonderful friends at the Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union made another generous gift to the agency.
A BIG heartfelt thanks to everyone.
Pictured below are Samantha Byrd with GMFCU and Cathy Miller with Beyond Abuse.
Oct 25, 2017— Greenwood, SC – Beyond Abuse recently received a $2,500 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, designed to improve the quality of life for victims of child abuse and sexual assault through their animal assisted therapy program.
Pets have the remarkable ability to bring us comfort, to reduce stress and anxiety, and provide unconditional love. In fact, in a recent survey commissioned by PetSmart Charities and conducted by Wakefield Research, 94 percent of Americans surveyed agreed with the statement: Pets are essential for people to maintain good physical and mental health.
With this grant, Beyond Abuse will be able to provide Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), a goal-directed intervention program where an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is conducted with a handler/animal team under the observation and direction of a health/human services professional who has set specific goals for the session. Early indicators predict that 30-40 victims per year will benefit from this innovative approach to therapy.
“The program has been proven to be a huge success with clients as many of them are not only completing therapy, but completing it in a shorter time frame. This helps us fulfill our mission to move our community beyond sexual violence through awareness, advocacy, and action.” said Jessica Bell, Director of Clinical Services for Beyond Abuse.
Enhancing Quality of Life Through Pets is just one of PetSmart Charities’ ten grant categories designed to support their expanded mission: to find lifelong loving homes for all pets by supporting programs that bring people and pets together. Funding from PetSmart Charities supports best practices that enhance the human-animal bond and keep more pets in loving homes with their forever families. For more information, visit PetSmartCharities.org.
About Beyond Abuse
Beyond Abuse is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization which primarily serves Abbeville, Greenwood and Laurens Counties. Our mission is to lead our community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy and action. For more information, please visit our website at www.beyondabuse.info or find us on facebook: facebook.com/beyondabuse
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org
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Beyond Abuse staff members participated in the YMCA’s annual fall festival as part of their awareness and outreach efforts. Approximately 900 children and their parents participated and interacted with our “Wizard of Oz” themed table where staff took home the prize for best costumes and best display.
Pictured below are:
Alan Cauley as “Scarecrow”, Cathy Miller as “Glenda the good witch”, Alison Romagnoli as “Dorothy”, Claire Wieters as “lion”, Becca bell as “The Wicked Witch” and Maria Roman as “Tin Man”.
On October 25, 2017 Beyond Abuse hosted “Child Abuse – Issues & Updates”, a training for our Multi-disciplinary Team Members. Topics covered included Child Abuse and the Child Maltreatment Exam by Dr. Lyle Pritchard; Recantation by Dr. Alicia Benedetto; DSS/Family Court Update by Dawn Puderbaugh Hodges; and General Sessions Court Update by Anna Sumner. Thirty participants from various agencies participated in this training held at the John C. Lamb Center.
Please join us for this fashion show and luncheon to be held Saturday Nov. 4th at 11:30 am at The Sundance Gallery.
Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors:
Sugar, Voila, David Lindsey Clothiers, Blossom, and Mary Frances Ltd.