Home for the Holidays Fashion Show

“You can have anything in life if you dress for it” – Edith Head?

We are delighted to invite you to our first Home for the Holidays fashion show and luncheon in support of Beyond Abuse. This fun event will include lunch, cash-mimosa bar, and silent auction of great holiday gifts.

A special recognition to the following Uptown boutiques who will be participating in the fashion show: Sugar, Elam Jayne, Voila, Jade’s Boutique, Mary Frances Limited, and Cabi. Tickets are sold individually or by tables.

Prices are $30 a ticket or $240 for a table of 8. Tickets are selling fast and you don’t want to miss this fun event! Please call (864) 227-1623 for more information or to purchase! Thanks!

Warm and Cozy Basket

We know that it’s still 90 degrees outside but if you love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, bonfires, football games, sweaters, crunchy leaves, warm blankets, and everything Fall, then this basket is perfect for you! ?☕️???

Our “Warm and Cozy” basket, sponsored by Lisa Tolbert, is the ideal basket for a chilly date-night in or some self-pampering.

Our local businesses and boutiques have teamed up to make this fashion show and luncheon a showstopper. Don’t miss out, get your tickets today! For ticket purchases and information, please call our office at (864) 227-1623.

Project BEST graduates!

Chesnee Martin and Jacqui Mueller are now rostered in Project BEST. Project BEST is an 8-month learning collaborative including live learning sessions, consultation calls, a test cases that trains clinicians how to use TFCBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) with fidelity and success. This is a huge accomplishment for both of them. We are very proud of Chesnee and Jacqui for their hard work and dedication to working with traumatized youth.

Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union Donates to Beyond Abuse

Our wonderful friends at the Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union made another generous gift to the agency.

Each year GMFCU does a “skip-a-payment” program through the months of November, December, and January. This program gives their members the opportunity to skip one of their monthly loan payments. The funds collected through these months are split into different categories for donations to charities selected by the Board of Directors.

Pictured below are Samantha Byrd with GMFCU, Cathy Miller and Alison Romagnoli with Beyond Abuse and Vickie Hastings with GMFCU.

Pinwheels for Prevention

If you heard lots of cowbells yesterday, no need to be alarmed – it was our new Pinwheels for Prevention awareness event!

Thank you to our Board of Directors and staff for volunteering along with members of Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. This successful event will become an annual function as we continue to raise support for combating sexual violence in our community!

Clinton Police Department and Presbyterian College Campus Police Receive Sexual Assault Training

On Tuesday, 5/28 and Thursday, 5/30 Laurens County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) conducted a Sexual Assault Response training for the Clinton Police Department Uniform Patrol Officers, Investigators, and Student Resource Officers, and the Presbyterian College Campus Police.  During this training Laurens County SART members from Clinton Police Department, 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, SC Attorney General’s Office, PRISMA Health-Upstate, and Beyond Abuse presented information to attendees on responding to and providing best practice services to sexual assault victims in the front line. 

The training was accredited through the SC Attorney General’s Office & the SC Criminal Justice Academy so that attendees could receive continuing education credits. This training is a pilot training that our Laurens County SART hopes to grow and provide across the state to other Law Enforcement agencies and SART Teams.

 If you are interested in joining our SART please contact Elizabeth Wise, SART Coordinator, at 864-227-1623 or laurenscountysart@gmail.com for more details and to apply.

Client Services Volunteers Needed

(an immediate need)

Are you looking for something to fill your time this summer and help your community? We have the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking for energetic individuals who love to talk and help others by providing client services support over the phone and in-person during lunch hours at our office here in Greenwood. If you or someone you know is interested in helping us out this summer and fall please contact our Victim Services Manager at 864-227-1623 or ewise@beyondabuse.info for more information.

Self Regional Community Health Committee Awards Funds

We’re thankful for Self Regional Healthcare’s continued support of our agency!

Leath Correctional Donates Crocheted Blankets and Stuffed Animals

On May 21st Leath Correctional Institution donated dozens of blankets and stuffed animals that were hand crocheted by Leath Inmates.  The blankets and stuffed animals will be used to provide comfort for victims Beyond Abuse serves in the ER as well as for comfort to clients receiving medical and therapy services.

Pictured L to R: Associate Warden- Jacquelyn Lewis, Warden- Patricia Jones-Yeldell, Beyond Abuse Victim Services Manager-Elizabeth Wise, and Associate Warden- Loretta Moore

5th Annual Volunteer Luncheon

On Saturday, April 27th Elizabeth Wise, Victim Services Manager, hosted Beyond Abuse’s 5th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Gather Bistro and Bakery in the Alcoves.  The luncheon is a chance for agency staff and board members to recognize agency volunteers for their passion, dedication, and support to survivors of sexual assault.

At this year’s luncheon several volunteers were recognized for milestones of service (5, 10 and 15 years and volunteer of the year) and all were given gifts of appreciation.

Those who received milestone recognition at this year’s luncheon were:

Jeannie Capps – 15 years of service and Volunteer of the Year

Leslie Myers – 10 years of service

Letha Davis – 10 years of service

Annette Peksa – 5 years of service

Christine Watson – 5 years of service

L to R (back row): Lisa Tolbert, Board President, Carrie Garner, Kathryn Bulus, and Tanesha Lee
L to R (front row): Varonica Crawford, Leslie Myers, Amber Glasl, Elizabeth Wise, Victim Services Manager, Annette Peksa, and Jessica Bell, Client Services Director