A note from our Executive Director

I would like to express my gratitude formally and sincerely for the amazing outpouring of support Beyond Abuse has received from the community this year.  When we asked for assistance with sheets for our medical maltreatment exam room and clothing for victims in the ER, you answered the call.  During this pandemic, we had an ample supply of cleaning supplies and toiletries, thanks to the Greenwood American Legion, who made numerous donations throughout the year.  All of your actions directly impacted the victims in our community by ensuring that the staff had the necessary materials to provide services.

      

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** SAVE THE DATE ** – Lip Sync Battle

Lip Sync Battle, a new fundraiser for Beyond Abuse, is rescheduled for April 10, 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. This event will be hosted at The James Medford Family Event Center at Piedmont Technical College. We hope everyone will SAVE THE DATE for this fun night! Can’t wait to see you there.

July Volunteer Graduates

Over the last two weeks, 3 new staff, 1 new graduate intern and 1 new volunteer  participated in our 27.5 hour virtual volunteer training program.  Because of the current health pandemic we tried a new virtual platform (Zoom Webinar) to maintain social distancing during training.  Overall, our first ever virtual training was a success  

The training gives new volunteers, interns, staff, and board members a look into the ins and outs of the organization and prepares them for providing support and advocacy to victims and survivors of sexual assault and child abuse.

Please join us in congratulating them for their hard work and willingness to serve the individuals of our communities!

 

Beyond Abuse Received Grant Funding from Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF)

Beyond Abuse recently received Open Granting funding from the Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) for new computers, software, printers, and a Voicestation. These items will support staff in their direct services to children and adults who are victims of physical and sexual assault.

Beyond Abuse seeks to “lead the community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy, and action”. From left, front row are: Jeff Smith, GCCF President; Tonya Harris, Beyond Abuse Executive Director; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF Director of Grants and Projects; and Lisa Tolbert, BA Board Chair. Back row: Trentsie Williams, GCCF Board Member; and Beyond Abuse Board Members Wilson Bruce, David Harrison, Leslie Myers, Barry Putnam, and Evelyn Glenn.

Recent Happenings with Girls Club

Beyond Abuse received a grant from Greenwood Women Care to work with District 50 to provide cultural experiences for a group of select fifth grade girls! Claire Wieters, Prevention Specialist, meets with the girls weekly and discusses topics such as self-esteem, body care, respect, future goals, and leadership skills. Once a month, they go out into the community to different places for social engagements in hopes of broadening cultural understanding.

In October, the girls enjoyed Mexican food at La Hacienda. The helpful waitstaff went above and beyond and taught the girls a few Spanish words and shared some historical facts of Mexico. Many of the girls had never eaten at La Hacienda before; they were really excited and enjoyed their tacos!

In November, the girls went to volunteer at the Humane Society of Greenwood. The Humane Society tasked the Girls Club with making cat toys to help in their bonding room when a cat is adopted. Overall, the girls made over 30 handmade toys. The girls toured the facility and met with a friendly staff member who gave us information about the pet population in Greenwood County. This was a very eyeopening experience for the girls. They learned that volunteering is giving back to the community.

This month, the girls went to the Greenwood Community Theater to see the play, Madeline, and had lunch at Chick-Fil-A. As Madeline is set in Paris, they were able to learn some French words, as well as learn a bit about French culture. Attending the play was a culturally enriching experience for the girls, as many had never been to the theater or seen a play before.

Beyond Abuse wins again at Greenwood YMCA’s Fall Festival

“You’re a wizard, Harry!”…

For the third year in a row, Beyond Abuse earned the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Greenwood Family YMCA‘s Annual Fall Festival. Beyond Abuse staff members participated in the YMCA’s annual fall festival as part of their awareness and outreach efforts. Shout out to our incredible team and their creative minds and talents!

American Legion Post 20 Donation

Our friends at American Legion Post 20 made another generous donation in addition to their consistent donation of supplies. We are so thankful to this great group of veterans for their continued support!

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.