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  • Finishing alternative career

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    ANDERSON — Working in the nonprofit sector was never part of the plan. Mary Jo Lee went to her office in the corporate world every day and crunched the numbers. Math was always secure – one plus one is always... Read more >>
  • Local advocate opposes gun bill

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    About the bill Indiana House Bill 1071, authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, would allow people protected by a protection order to carry a handgun without a license for: 60 days after the date the protection order is issued or 60 days after the date the person applies for a license to carry a handgun, if the person applies for the license during the 60-day period following issuance of the protection order.

    ... Read more >>
  • FULL TIME CASE MANAGER POSITION

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    Alternatives has a full-time opening for a Case Manager. The position is responsible for providing case management and supportive services for families residing in an emergency shelter; assisting adults and families in... Read more >>
  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION

    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Alternatives has a full-time opening for an Administrative Assistant. The position is responsible for assisting the administrative and management team in the performance of duties; supporting volunteer functions; providing... Read more >>
  • FULL TIME PREVENTIONIST POSITION

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Alternatives has a full-time opening for a Prevention Specialist. The position is responsible for providing prevention and educational sessions for parents and youth about sexual violence and healthy relationships; forming... Read more >>
  • JOB OPENING

    Friday, December 16, 2016

    Alternatives has a full-time opening for a Case Manager. The position is responsible for providing case management and supportive services for families residing in an emergency shelter program, assisting adults and families... Read more >>
  • Domestic violence shelters packed

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    ANDERSON — Housing is a top need for victims of domestic violence, but more than 1,000 victims were turned away in central Indiana this year due to shelter overcapacity, according to a new report. Domestic Violence... Read more >>
  • November 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Friday, November 11, 2016

    . IMMEDIATE NEEDS Baby Wipes Baby Bath Baby Lotion Large Hair Brushes Q-Tips Toothbrush Covers Clorox Wipes Air Freshener/Lysol Women's Underwear Socks... Read more >>
  • October 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Baby Wipes Baby Bath Baby Lotion Wide-Toothed Combs Large Hair Brushes Clorox Wipes Air Freshener/Lysol Women's Underwear Socks (adults & kids) Pajamas (adults & kids) Towels/Wash Cloths Hand... Read more >>
  • SEXTING SOCIAL MEDIA & Kids Talk works with middle school students to keep them on right side of law

    Monday, October 17, 2016

    Highland Middle School students listen to what Julie Coon of Kids Talk says about the consequences of sexting during a presentation on Thursday. Coon says preventing the transmission of revealing images also might reduce... Read more >>
  • September 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Women's Underwear Socks (adults & kids) Pajamas (adults & kids) Shampoo & Conditioner Razors Wide-Toothed Combs Hair Brushes Ethnic Hair Care Products Nail Clippers Straighteners ... Read more >>
  • Victim advocate appointed to serve Hancock County

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    GREENFIELD — An Anderson-based crisis center dedicated to helping victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Central Indiana has appointed a new representative to assist Hancock County residents in need. Rachel Dennis... Read more >>
  • August 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Baby Wipes Baby Wash & Lotion Razors Hair Brushes Socks (adults & kids) Underwear (adults & kids) Nail Clippers Straighteners Towels/Wash Cloths Hand Towels Twin Sized Blankets Crib... Read more >>
  • Group aims to fight domestic violence

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    GREENFIELD — A group of Hancock County teens has formed an alliance aimed at promoting safe and healthy relationships, and its members have started their work by volunteering to help adult domestic violence victims. ... Read more >>
  • July 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS School Supplies Pull Ups (boys/girls 2T-3T & 4T-5T) Dryer Sheets Thermometers Teething Rings Children's Summer Clothing (6-9 mos. up to size 7/8) Maternity Clothes Socks (adults & kids)... Read more >>
  • JOB OPENINGS

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Alternatives has a part-time opening for a Prevention Specialist and a part-time opening for an Occasional Shelter Advocate (weekends and on-call.) CLICK HERE for the Job Postings. If you are dependable and possess good... Read more >>
  • June 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Children's White T-Shirts (for Summer Program) Girls Summer Clothing (sizes 4/5 & 7/8) Socks (adults & kids) Underwear (adults & kids) Hair Brushes Combs Nail Clippers Straighteners Fixodent... Read more >>
  • May 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Hair Brushes Combs Nail Clippers Straighteners Dryer Sheets Teething Rings Humidifiers Towels/Wash Cloths Hand Towels Twin Sized Blankets Maternity Clothes Women's Pajamas (Small/Medium) Socks (adults... Read more >>
  • Coalition partners with churches

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    GREENFIELD — Domestic abuse is not something any woman should have to endure; Missy Tennant said she learned that lesson after too many punches and emotional jabs were thrown at her by a man she dated. A man from her... Read more >>
  • Rape victims sent out of county for exam

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

    When a victim of sexual assault arrives at Hancock Regional Hospital’s emergency room, their bumps and bruises are treated; but if a patient needs a rape kit, they are referred to a facility about 25 miles away. ... Read more >>
  • April 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Hair Brushes Combs Nail Clippers Dish Soap Dryer Sheets Plastic Hangers Towels/Wash Cloths Hand Towels Twin Sized Blankets Women's Pajamas (Small/Medium) Socks (adults & kids) Underwear (adults... Read more >>
  • OUR VIEW

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016

    Consuming alcohol — often in excessive quantities — is a common activity when socializing with trusted friends. Tequila shots and chugged beers may result in a few unfortunate photos being posted on social media,... Read more >>
  • RAISING THE BAR

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    ANDERSON — It’s a scene that can happen too often: a woman is having a good time at a tavern but is clearly intoxicated. Her male companion is watching closely and then the bartender hears him make a comment that... Read more >>
  • Curve employees participate in 'Raise the Bar Indiana' training

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    For the past two years, Alternatives has been working with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to expand primary prevention efforts for domestic and sexual violence. For years, the prevention efforts consisted... Read more >>
  • March 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Children's Chapter Books Dish Soap Dryer Sheets Plastic Hangers Towels/Wash Cloths Hand Towels Twin Sized Blankets Women's Pajamas (Small/Medium) Socks (adults & kids) Underwear (adults &... Read more >>
  • Ready to Serve All

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    ANDERSON — The staff at Alternatives Inc. knows that abuse doesn’t discriminate. One victim was brought to the shelter by authorities after suffering ongoing domestic violence. After being sent – and... Read more >>
  • February 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Dish Soap Hair Dryers Dryer Sheets Hangers Towels/Wash Cloths Hand Towels Blankets Women's Plus-Size Pants/Jeans/Sweats Women's Pajamas (all sizes) Socks (adults & kids) Underwear (adults... Read more >>
  • JOB OPENINGS

    Thursday, January 28, 2016

    Alternatives has a full-time opening for a Case Manager and a part-time opening for a Children's Case Manager. CLICK HERE for the Job Postings. If you are dependable and possess good written and oral communication skills,... Read more >>
  • January 2016 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Baby Monitors Towels/Wash Cloths Hand Towels Women's Clothing (3X & 4X shirts, pajamas, Sz. 24+ pants) Women's Pajamas (all sizes) Women's Sz. 5 Underwear (new only please) Children's Socks (all... Read more >>
  • Patrick Hill elected ACS board president

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    ANDERSON — Patrick Hill was elected president of the Anderson Community Schools board of trustees on a split vote Tuesday night. And Tim Long was elected vice president. Hill, an Indiana University-Kokomo professor,... Read more >>
  • Alternatives director worried about bill

    Friday, January 8, 2016

    ANDERSON — A new proposal could give courts the power to track the subject of a civil protection order in domestic violence cases, but the director of a local shelter said clarifications need to be made in order to... Read more >>
  • A Struggling Mother Finds Safety and Support

    Friday, January 8, 2016

    “Elizabeth” didn’t have an easy life. In fact, she had gotten used to disappointment and hardship. But when she found out she and her husband were going to have a baby girl, she hoped she could provide a... Read more >>
  • Long Story Short

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

    WHO: Alternatives Incorporated, a nonprofit specializing in the prevention of domestic violence, and Ricker’s convenience stores WHAT: Safe Haven program partnership WHERE: Originally in Madison County, Indiana, and... Read more >>
  • December 2015 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, December 10, 2015

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Towels/Wash Cloths Sheets & Blankets (twin) Plastic Cups Spoons Cereal Bowls Women's Pajamas (all sizes) Women's Socks & Underwear (new only please) Baby Clothing (3, 6 & 9 mos.) Toddler... Read more >>
  • November 2015 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Towels/Wash Cloths Sheets & Blankets (twin) Women's Clothing (2X & 3X Tops & Size 20+ Pants) Women's Pajamas (all sizes) Women's Socks & Underwear Boys Clothing (sizes 4-8) Boys... Read more >>
  • OUR VIEW

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Domestic abuse is not confined to the young. We’re learning that more and more in Madison County as the tragic phenomenon of late life domestic violence is also being experienced across the country. In Anderson, the... Read more >>
  • VIEWPOINT

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    In Indiana last year, 63,671 Hoosiers called domestic violence crisis lines, 10,531 women and children were housed in domestic violence shelters and 67 people died from an act of domestic violence in our state. These tragic... Read more >>
  • A CALL FOR HELP - The changing faces of abuse

    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    ANDERSON — Penny Hilligoss loves showing off her apartment at Parkview Place above the Anderson YMCA. She has an open living room, huge closets and a big kitchen. “It’s my little piece of heaven,”... Read more >>
  • YOU SHOULD KNOW

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    GREENFIELD - Two Central Indiana organizations aimed at helping women in crisis are asking community members to wear purple on Oct. 22 to take a stand against domestic abuse. To mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness... Read more >>
  • Deputy charged with special cases

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    GREENFIELD — In Georgeanna Teipen’s mind, the worst crimes are those that violate relationships, that break trust and leave victims feeling emotionally scarred and damaged. When those who commit these crimes are... Read more >>
  • October 2015 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Towels/Wash Cloths Sheets & Blankets (twin) Women's Clothing (2X & 3X Tops & Size 20+ Pants) Women's Pajamas (all sizes) Women's Socks & Underwear Boys Clothing (sizes 4-8) Boys... Read more >>
  • Violence awareness group seeking youth

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    HANCOCK COUNTY — During the past six years, Kelly Buzan has talked to thousands of teenagers across the county about the dangers of domestic and sexual violence. Now, she’s enlisting those students to take her... Read more >>
  • JOB OPENING

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

    Alternatives has a full-time opening for a Case Manager. The position is responsible for providing case management and supportive services for families residing in an emergency shelter program, assisting adults and families... Read more >>
  • The changing faces of domestic violence

    Friday, September 18, 2015

    Earlier this year, Alternatives, a domestic violence shelter in Anderson, provided emergency housing for a 90-year-old woman who had been living with her daughter and granddaughter. The woman was being secretly abused by her... Read more >>
  • JOB OPENING

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    Alternatives has part-time openings for Weekend Shelter Advocates. The position is responsible for maintaining the operations of the emergency shelter program and responding to crisis telephone calls. CLICK HERE for Job... Read more >>
  • June 2015 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    This message was sent for by Alternatives Inc. IMMEDIATE NEEDS Boys & Girls Clothing (3T-5T) Baby Wipes Canned Goods (creme of mushroom/chicken) ... Read more >>
  • 'No More' campaign urges end to violence

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    One in 2 women and 1 in 5 men will experience some sort of sexual violence in their lives. And Hancock County isn’t exempt from that statistic, local officials say. April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month, and local... Read more >>
  • March 2015 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Boys Clothing (2T, 3T, 4/5 & 6/7) Children's Socks Underwear (Boy's 2T-5T, 4/5 & 6/7) Pull Ups (2T-5T) Baby Wipes Women's Socks Women's Slippers/House Shoes Body Lotion Children's Detangler ... Read more >>
  • GRANT MADNESS Voting

    Thursday, April 2, 2015

    We can see the finish line! The end of Grant Madness is close, but we need your help to secure the $5,000 grant that will greatly benefit our agency and the work we do to bring an end to the vicious cycle of violence. ... Read more >>
  • February 2015 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Boys Clothing (4/5 & 6/7) Children's Socks Underwear (Boy's 2T-5T, 4/5 & 6/7) Diapers (all sizes) Pull Ups (2T-5T) Baby Wipes Women's Socks Women's Slippers/House Shoes Lotion Canned Goods Sippy... Read more >>
  • Salon Academy hosting Cut-A-Thon

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    ANDERSON — The Salon Professional Academy of Anderson, will host a Cut-A-Thon on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. This is a fundraiser for “Cut Out Teen Dating Violence.” Minimum donation is $5 or personal care... Read more >>
  • Chamber non-profit of the year finalist

    Friday, February 20, 2015

    Founded in 1978 by seven women who were members of the Anderson Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Alternatives was one of the earliest domestic violence shelters in the state of Indiana. The initial services... Read more >>
  • Effects of teen dating violence widespread

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence and sexual assault impact every aspect of our society. Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim. The severity of... Read more >>
  • Efforts renewed against domestic violence

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    The following is a brief history of the movement to end domestic violence in Madison County.

    ... Read more >>
  • ONE OF OURS nominated BEST of Madison County!

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    BEST of Madison County Kandi Floyd, Alternatives' Victim Advocate, has been nominated as BEST Civil Servant in Madison County. Kandi has been serving victims since November 2002. She is passionate. Steadfast to effecting... Read more >>
  • FRIDAY SUCCESS STORY: With Support, Young Mom is Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    Last August, Alternatives Incorporated, a United Way of Central Indiana supported agency, received a call from the Marion County Department of Child Services regarding “Lucy”, a 20-year-old mother fleeing a... Read more >>
  • JOB OPENING

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    We currently have two full-time positions open in the shelter. We are looking for Case Managers to fill two separate shifts: 1 to 9:30 p.m. and Midnight to 8 a.m. CLICK HERE for the job posting. If you are interested,... Read more >>
  • January 2015 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Boys Clothing (4/5 & 6/7) Socks (Children's) Underwear (Boy's 2T-5T, 4/5 & 6/7) Pull Ups (2T-5T) Women's Coats Canned Goods Sippy Cups Pack n' Play Dishwashing Detergent Toilet Paper Towels/Wash... Read more >>
  • PART-TIME JOB OPENING

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

    We currently have a part-time position for an Outreach Advocate working in Elwood & Tipton County. CLICK HERE for the job posting. Please submit your resume to Johna Lee, Chief Financial Officer by email... Read more >>
  • Group looks to broaden local network to offer many avenues of help

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    HANCOCK COUNTY — A new Hancock County coalition hopes to increase awareness, crystallize the issues and raise the veil on domestic and sexual violence in Hancock County. A collaborative effort driven by Alternatives... Read more >>
  • November 2014 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Boys Clothing (4/5 & 6/7) Socks (Women's) Underwear (Toddlers) Women's Coats Diapers (sizes 4, 5 & 6) Pull Ups (2T-5T) Baby Wipes Sippy Cups Dishwashing Detergent Laundry Detergent Toilet Paper... Read more >>
  • PART-TIME JOB OPENING

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    We currently have a part-time position for a Children's Case Manager open in the shelter. CLICK HERE for the job posting. Please submit your letter of interest and a resume to Amy Bond, Residential Services Manager by... Read more >>
  • October 2014 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Boys Clothing (4/5 & 6/7) Socks (Women's) Underwear (Toddlers) Diapers (sizes 4, 5 & 6) Pull Ups (2T-5T) Dishwashing Detergent Laundry Detergent Toilet Paper Towels/Wash Cloths Sheets &... Read more >>
  • White House Report on Domestic Violence Highlights Work of Three Indiana Organizations

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    MEDIA RELEASE October 1, 2014 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month For Immediate Release: October 1, 2014 For additional information contact Laura Berry -... Read more >>
  • BREAKING SILENCE IS THE FIRST STEP

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Upon meeting “Abby”, you get the impression that this is a woman who has everything. Attractive, well-spoken, poised, friendly and outgoing, she’s a college graduate with a job she loves. Abby is the kind... Read more >>
  • Domestic violence charges shine fresh spotlight on abuse

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    GREENFIELD — The video of NFL star Ray Rice knocking his girlfriend unconscious in a hotel elevator shocked fans and sparked a wave of criticism about how the league handles allegations of abuse against its... Read more >>
  • Domestic violence programs get no funding guarantees

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    One by one Friday, domestic violence advocates walked to the front of a crowded meeting room and pleaded with directors of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to release money intended to fund shelters and help abuse... Read more >>
  • July 2014 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Baby Monitors Clothing (3T-5T Boy & Girl Spring/Summer items) Diapers (sizes 5 & 6) Dishwashing Detergent Fabric Softener Laundry Detergent Paper Products Pull Ups (3T & 4T) Socks (Women's &... Read more >>
  • IMMEDIATE NEEDS

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

    We are often asked what are some needs at the shelter? Just this morning I had to tell one of our ladies that I didn't have an umbrella stroller for her to use--she wanted to take her child for a walk. Could you donate one?... Read more >>
  • May 2014 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Friday, May 2, 2014

    Healthy Relationships =
    A Healthy You

    ... Read more >>
  • JOB OPENINGS

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    We currently have two part-time positions open in the shelter. We are looking for a Children's Case Manager and a Shelter Advocate to cover weekends and on-call. CLICK HERE for the job postings. If you are interested,... Read more >>
  • Supreme Court Keeps Guns Away from Domestic Violence Abusers

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    "Victims of domestic violence and their advocates are breathing easier today, since the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that convicted domestic violence abusers will be prohibited from possessing firearms," said Kim Gandy,... Read more >>
  • WHY I work at Alternatives...

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    We asked our staff to share why they work at Alternatives. Here's what Lisa shared: "I work here to try and impact someone's life. I witnessed someone going through family violence and saw what it did to that person growing... Read more >>
  • February 2014 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Body Wash Children's Clothing Diapers (sizes 4, 5, & 6) Dishwashing Detergent DVDs (Kids & Family) Ethnic Hair Products & Combs Food Items Gas Cards Laundry Detergent (Adults & Babies)... Read more >>
  • Domestic Violence: A snapshop of One Day in Indiana

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Nearly 66,000 Domestic Violence Victims Helped On a Single Day, But Almost 10,000 Requests for Help Go Unanswered In Indiana 1,708 Victims Sought Help in One Day INDIANAPOLIS - The National Network to End Domestic... Read more >>
  • The National Network to End Domestic Violence

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    The National Network to End Domestic Violence released its annual report that found, in a single 24-hour period, more than 66,000 victims of domestic violence received help and support from service organizations in the... Read more >>
  • We Need Your "LIKE" on Facebook

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    We are one of 25 organizations in a pool to receive a grant from the Madison County Community Foundation. Based upon the number of Facebook "LIKES" --and-- VOTES from Residents who live in Madison County on MCCF's website... Read more >>
  • Seven groups get share of $6,748 for variety of community projects

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

    GREENFIELD — The community is in good hands this year with local teen service projects ranging from tornado sirens, to Christmas stockings to bat houses. Seven groups of area teens were awarded grants from the Youth... Read more >>
  • February 2014 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Check it out...it's never too early to start talking about healthy relationships. 

    ... Read more >>
  • January 2014 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Coats (all sizes) Toddler Clothing (Boys & Girls) Umbrella Strollers Baby Monitors (new/used) DVDs (Kids & Family) Ethnic Hair Products & Combs Bowls Silverware Laundry Detergent Underwear &... Read more >>
  • A welcoming haven

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

    ANDERSON – While holidays are supposed to be filled with joy, they can also be filled with stress. Increased stress can push some families over the edge into violence. Alternatives is the local emergency shelter... Read more >>
  • 2013 Spring Grant Recipient: Alternatives, Inc.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Since 1978, Alternatives has been a main stay in central Indiana and in particular in Madison County in the movement to bring awareness to and end domestic, family, and sexual violence. When their first shelter doors open in... Read more >>
  • Women's shelter victim of copper vandalizing

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    ANDERSON — A cooling system at a women’s shelter near Community Hospital was stripped of copper early Tuesday morning. Mary Jo Lee, CEO of Alternatives Inc., said the robbery happened about 5 a.m. And... Read more >>
  • Youth as Resources readies grant cycle for young philanthropists

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    GREENFIELD — When the members of Girl Scout Troop 2094 of McCordsville came to the end of their six-month project at a local domestic violence shelter funded by a Youth as Resources grant, they were devastated. Katrina... Read more >>
  • Soroptimist marks 60th, supporting Alternatives

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    IF YOU GO
    What: Come and Go Soroptimist 60th Birthday Party to Benefit Alternatives Inc.
    When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday
    Where: Community Hospital Education Center, 1923 N. Madison Avenue, Anderson

    ... Read more >>
  • October is domestic violence awareness month

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    During the 12-month period ending June 30, 2013, 58 people died by an act of domestic violence in Indiana. Five of those deaths were in Madison County. Domestic violence is the most dangerous call for law enforcement. On... Read more >>
  • Hamilton County pursuing domestic-violence shelter

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Community leaders are working to open a domestic-violence shelter in fast-growing Hamilton Count--a multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort to serve residents in need of emergency housing. Preliminary plans call for raising... Read more >>
  • October 2013 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS 2-3T & 4T girls underwear 2-3T boys underwear 4T girls socks Women's socks & underwear Body wash Lysol Clorox Wipes Food Pantry Items Canned Vegetables & Fruit Cereal Styrofoam plates... Read more >>
  • Alternatives Inc. gets boost from $2,000 grant

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    GREENFIELD -- The Hancock County Community Foundation recently awarded Alternatives Inc. a $2,000 grant from HCCF's Enrichment Fund. Alternatives Inc. strives to eradicate family violence in all its facets through... Read more >>
  • Alternatives receives $7,000 worth of hair care products

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

    ANDERSON -- Alternatives Inc. has received a donation valued at more than $7,000 worth of hair care products and other personal care items from Regis Corp. salons to support its domestic violence and sexual assault program. ... Read more >>
  • IMMEDIATE NEED--Deodorant & Hair Brushes

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    We are OUT of deodorant... and our supply of hair brushes is really low. Could you meet this need?...
  • IMMEDIATE NEED--Toddler Boys

    Monday, September 9, 2013

    We are in of shorts, pants, pajamas, socks, and underwear for boys--sizes 2, 3, 4, & 5T. THANK YOU!...
  • HCCF Awards dollars for Hancock County Safety

    Friday, September 6, 2013

    Hancock County Community Foundation recently awarded $2,000 to Alternatives Incorporated to assist with shelter operations. Alternatives provides shelter and advocacy services for domestic violence victims and prevention... Read more >>
  • IMMEDIATE NEED: Deodorant

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Any brand is appreciated.  Thank you!

    ... Read more >>
  • Day of Caring: Volunteers help make a difference

    Saturday, August 24, 2013

    GREENFIELD -- Constant as the calendar, volunteers fanned out like whippoorwills Friday, painting, planting and generally doing good deeds during United Way of Central Indiana's annual Day of Caring. Poignant project:... Read more >>
  • August 2013 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Friday, August 9, 2013

    "...They are real victims -- and ones that may well grow up to become victims or perpetrators of domestic violence if we don't help them right now. We need urgently to help them unlearn what they're learning through the violence they see."

    ... Read more >>
  • July 2013 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Families come to Alternatives to escape abuse; however their lives don't stop once they enter shelter.

    ... Read more >>
  • Local firefighters present check

    Sunday, June 23, 2013

    ANDERSON-On Tuesday evening, members of Anderson Firefighters Local 1262 competed in a rib eating contest against members of the Anderson Police Department at a fundraiser benefiting Alternatives of Madison County at Texas... Read more >>
  • IMMEDIATE NEED: Children's Swimsuits

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Boys and girls, new or gently used, swimsuits (sizes 6-16) are needed for our summer program.

    ... Read more >>
  • May 2013 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Alarm Clocks Canned Vegetables & Fruit Cereal Bowls Change for Laundry Toilet Paper Umbrella Strollers Umbrellas Women's Socks & Underwear NO MORE is a groundbreaking symbol designed to... Read more >>
  • MEDIA RELEASE: PCF American Legion Post #608 Presents Donation to Alternatives Inc.

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Pendleton, Indiana-(May 3, 2013)-In conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week, offenders and staff at the Pendleton Correctional Facility (PCF) recently conducted activities as a demonstration of support for... Read more >>
  • Tourney Time

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    ANDERSON -- The Anderson University softball team hoped to send a message with Tuesday's season-ending doubleheader against Mount St. Joseph's. Consider it delivered. The two-time defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic... Read more >>
  • Domestic violence must be admitted

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    Last year 1,765 calls were made to Hamilton County police departments to report domestic disturbances. Scott Fadness, town manager and Alternatives Inc. board member, hosted an awareness event for the social organization... Read more >>
  • Homeward Bound 5K walk April 21

    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    ANDERSON -- Home sweet home. That's the ultimate goal of the annual Homeward Bound 5K fund raising walk taking place Sunday. More than 250 walkers participated in last year's Homeward Bound 5K walk raising more than $37,000... Read more >>
  • Batterer's Intervention Program for female abusers established

    Saturday, April 13, 2013

    ANDERSON -- Connie Walker broke new ground in Anderson this month when she held the first session of a program designed exclusively to address domestic violence perpetrated by women. Connie and Vaughn Walker counsel women... Read more >>
  • Hargitay urges no more silence on rape, domestic violence

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- Mariska Hargitay, better known as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Detective Olivia Benson, is the human intersection of life and art. Precisely, the line between the fictional role she plays and the... Read more >>
  • LUNAFEST set for April 13

    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    ANDERSON -- Soroptimist International of Anderson is sponsoring LUNAFEST, a series of nine short films all by, for and about women, at 2 p.m. April 13 at the Anderson Center for the Arts, 32 W. 10th St. The films celebrate... Read more >>
  • Advocates Unite to Launch NO MORE, the Groundbreaking Branding Symbol for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    New national survey reinforces urgent need for increased awareness and education on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 13, 2013 -Major domestic violence and sexual assault prevention... Read more >>
  • Anderson Rotary Club announces grant recipients

    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    ANDERSON -- Five local nonprofit organizations will receive grants from the Anderson Rotary Club during the Tuesday, at noon at Anderson Country Club. This year's grant recipients are Anderson Impact Center, Exodus House,... Read more >>
  • February 2013 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Teenagers are at risk of violent relationships and our Advocates work hard to spread the message that any violence in a relationship is wrong.

    ... Read more >>
  • East Central Derby hosting fundraising skate event Saturday

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    ANDERSON -- Saturday will be your chance to skate with a derby girl and donate to a worthy organization, Rachael "Mz. Kitty" Smith said. For the third year, East Central Roller Derby is hosting Open Arms Skate to benefit... Read more >>
  • Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    "Three women a day are killed as a result of domestic violence and one in five have been raped in their lifetimes.We should be long past debate on the need for the Violence Against Women Act." Jay Carney White House press... Read more >>
  • BACK IN THE NEWS

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

    25 Years Ago -- Feb. 3, 1988 Anderson Mayor Mark J. Lawler has invited 46 people to participate in a commission assisting victims of domestic violence.

    ... Read more >>
  • Alternatives fundraiser on Feb. 9

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

    ANDERSON -- For the third year, East Central Roller Derby is hosting their Open Arms Skate to benefit Alternatives Inc., a domestic violence shelter and resource organization. The benefit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday,... Read more >>
  • St. Matthew hosts baby shower

    Saturday, January 26, 2013

    ANDERSON -- St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1512 N. Madison Ave. will host a baby shower for Women's Alternatives. Items are to be wrapped (label on the back) and placed in the crib located in the entry of the church... Read more >>
  • January 2013 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Diapers (size 6) Pull-Ups (size 6) Baby Wipes Facial Tissues Body Wash African American Hair Products Towels (Full-Size) Washcloths Laundry Detergent Dish Soap Texas Roadhouse Community TIPS Day... Read more >>
  • Tiger promotes domestic violence awareness

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

    ANDERSON -- Domestic violence often starts with men. It's something Dakota Foster knows too well. And it's something he wants everyone else to know. That's why the 17-year old Alexandria-Monroe High School basketball player... Read more >>
  • Murder-suicide leaves two dead in Anderson

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

    ANDERSON, Ind. -- Two people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in the Greenbriar division on the city's northwest side Friday evening, authorities said. Mark Hope, 45, shot his ex-girlfriend Susan Kidd, 46, then... Read more >>
  • Saving Max program started with ill owner

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

    Angel is a little Shih Tzu-mix who came to us through Alternatives Inc. His human is a victim of domestic violence. His owner was not willing to leave him behind so she had to find somewhere safe for Angel before she would... Read more >>
  • December 2012 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Women's Underwear Women's Socks Alarm Clocks Baby Bottles Diapers (size 2 & 6) Pull-Ups Baby Wipes Toddler Clothing (2T-5T) Toddler Socks & Underwear Children's shoes (new or gently used) Towels... Read more >>
  • Standing Up to Domestic Violence

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

    Domestic violence should not happen to anyone...ever. If you have lived with abuse, or you know or suspect someone who is being abused, please know that there is help. "Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional,... Read more >>
  • Winfrey discusses abuse during chat with Letterman at Ball State

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    "Anybody who has been verbally abused or physically abused will spend a great deal of their life rebuilding their esteem." Oprah Winfrey MUNCIE -- Oprah Winfrey told fellow veteran television show host David Letterman on... Read more >>
  • AIMING FOR PREVENTION

    Monday, November 19, 2012

    CHESTERFIELD -- The most important lesson Kari Cook took from her self-dense class at the Millcreek Civic Center on Sunday after noon was that one has to pay attention to her surroundings at all times. And that's the most... Read more >>
  • Class teaches women self-defense, prevention

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

    CHESTERFIELD, Ind. -- Self-protection and safety aren't about physical force, instructor Ed Leonard says."Prevention is such a big part of it," said Leonard, who will be teaching a self-protection and safety class Sunday in... Read more >>
  • November 2012 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Pillows Towels Laundry Detergent Dryer Sheets Alarm Clocks Pajamas (Women & Children) Women's Socks Women's Underwear Diapers/Pull-Ups (all sizes) Baby Wipes Sippy Cups/Baby Bottles Toddler Clothing... Read more >>
  • Signs of Domestic Violence

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Domestic violence is a problem that can affect anyone at anytime. Considering victims are usually frightened by their abusers, they often suffer in silence. The Domestic Violence Resource Center says that 1 in 4 women has... Read more >>
  • October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    I ask that we all pause and reflect on October's designation as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Despite the important progress of the last two decades, there is much work to be done. The statistics are sobering:... Read more >>
  • Special report: Who can stop domestic violence? YOU!

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

    ANDERSON, Ind. -- Ending domestic violence doesn't have to be a pipe dream. The elimination of abuse in relationships -- with time, cooperation and commitment -- is possible, said Colleen Yeakle, coordinator of the Indiana... Read more >>
  • Prevention is possible, expert says

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    The Herald Bulletin and Anderson Community Schools sponsored a panel discussion on Violence in Relationships Tuesday evening. ANDERSON, Ind. -- A picture of a pretty woman with her arm around her young son flashed across... Read more >>
  • Bowling event on Saturday to benefit Alternatives

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Organizers are hoping a bowling event can help "strike out" domestic violence.

    ... Read more >>
  • Teens can be victims of domestic violence, too

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    ... Read more >>
  • Editorial: Let's learn together tonight

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Michael Achenbach would try to destroy everything that his wife, Cindy, enjoyed, relatives have said. He tore recently planted flowers out of the ground. He kicked her pets across the room. The abuse grew to tragic... Read more >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Justice for Victims

    Sunday, October 21, 2012

    DRUNK DRIVING and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE cases are the ones that keep me up at night. I keep trying to think, 'Is this the person that is going to hurt someone?' That weighs on my mind when I look at that caseload." -Madison County Circuit Court Judge David Happe

    ... Read more >>
  • Domestic violence outreach planned

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

    GREENFIELD -- Alternatives Inc. will be handing out goodie bags to area residents in the coming weeks, but they won't be filled with Halloween candy. In recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,... Read more >>
  • [ALTERNATIVES INC] 2012 Report & Awareness Forum

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    OCTOBER = National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In one year alone 12.7 million men and women in the U.S. are physically abused, raped or stalked by their partners. That is approximately the number of people in New... Read more >>
  • Scott Underwood: Say no to domestic violence

    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Make no mistake, these local advocates...have done a tremendous job of taking on a problem of huge proportions and tragic consequences.

    ... Read more >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: STRIKE, and we 'shall arrest'

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

    ANDERSON, Ind. -- The dispatcher repeated the address as Anderson policeman Chad Boynton scrolled it onto his notepad, preparing to visit the scene of a reported domestic disturbance.Police had been called by someone at... Read more >>
  • OUR VIEW: Domestic violence again uproots our community

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

    Family and friends can help reach out to those who face domestic violence in their lives.

    ... Read more >>
  • SPECIAL REPORT: The cycle of domestic violence

    Sunday, October 7, 2012

    "Don't blame them, don't tell them they are stupid for going back, because they are hearing those same things from the abuser." --Kandi Floyd, victim advocate at Alternatives Inc., a women's shelter in Anderson

    ... Read more >>
  • Dinner raises awareness, honors volunteers

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    Alternatives Inc. shelter receives $4,000 in donations at domestic violence event

    ... Read more >>
  • October 2012 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Towels Laundry Detergent Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets UPCOMING EVENTS Sept. 24-Oct. 28-- BEAUTY BRANDS in Fishers, Carmel & Greenwood (click picture for more details) October 2-- ELWOOD... Read more >>
  • Eighteen Dead

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

    Faces of Domestic Violence--Part 1 of a five-part series on Madison County's domestic violence program.

    ... Read more >>
  • Bowling fundraiser supports Alternatives Inc.

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    ANDERSON -- Community members will gather at Coopers Sport Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 27 to help Alternatives Inc. Strike Out Domestic Violence. The family friendly bowling event will consist of three 9-Pin No-Tap games.... Read more >>
  • United Way offers foreclosure assistance, job skill development

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    Aiding residents who are suffering through difficult times with a "hand up instead of a hand out," the United Way of Madison County is offering employment skill development and foreclosure assistance to low-income... Read more >>
  • Firefighters seek donations for five charities

    Friday, September 21, 2012

    ANDERSON, Ind. -- Helping people is a firefighter's calling, and locally they do more than fight fires and respond to accidents and medical calls.Anderson Firefighter's Local 1262 union has a fund that helps five charities... Read more >>
  • URGENT NEEDS

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    We are in desperate need of towels and laundry detergent. Any brand would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!...
  • VOTE for Alternatives by Sept. 19!

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Your Vote Counts! Help Alternatives Win Funding to Serve More Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault!

    ... Read more >>
  • September 2012 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Pillows Towels & Washcloths Laundry Detergent Diapers Baby Personal Care Items Deodorant (Women/Teen Boys) Shampoo/Conditioner Razors Clorox Wipes Gas Cards Healthy After-School Snacks Canned Goods... Read more >>
  • Akin's remarks about victims of rape unconscionable

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    Open mouth and insert foot, but in Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Missouri) case he placed both feet in his mouth.

    ... Read more >>
  • Indiana woman writes about PTSD from wife's perspective

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    Andrea Carlile's husband made his commitment to the miliary before he did to her. So his deployments were expected.

    ... Read more >>
  • United Way of Central Indiana helps people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives.

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    "June", a Hamilton County mother of three, had attempted to leave a violent relationship on several occasions in the past.

    ... Read more >>
  • Hope Card to help victims, law enforcement

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    At a glance: To sign up for the Hope Card, contact the clerk's office or Alternatives Inc. at 643-0200. ANDERSON--A new program initiated by the Indiana Attorney General's office should help keep domestic violence victims... Read more >>
  • Amid tragedy, keeping the faith

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

    "We may never know how many lives Amanda has saved, but without a doubt she has saved some lives." Alternatives Inc. CEO Mary Jo Lee.

    ... Read more >>
  • SOMEWHERE TO TURN

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

    Alternatives sees a spike after recent fatal domestic violence situations

    ... Read more >>
  • Mandy's Wish Remembers Domestic Violence Victim

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    Police Still On The Hunt For Alleged Murderer, Roy Parmley Anderson, Indiana-- Today at Monticello House Diane Wilson of Mandy's Wish presented checks two checks from their fundraiser held recently in memory of Amanda Wiles... Read more >>
  • In emotional presentation, Mandy's Wish donates funds

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    ANDERSON - Friends and family of Amanda Wiles believe that her wish would have been for something good to come out of the tragedy that ended her life. Now, they are making that wish possible with their fundraising event and... Read more >>
  • "The War that Came Home"

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    On December 5, 1999, Andrea married her high school sweetheart, Wes Carlile. Just starting out the marriage was a whirlwind with Wes having enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1998, and leaving for basic training immediately after... Read more >>
  • Mother speaks for daughter she lost

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    NEW PALESTINE--Speaking in a soft tone, Debbie Norris slowly described to a gathering of New Palestine High School students, parents and community members how her daughter Heather was brutally murdered by an abusive... Read more >>
  • Debbie Norris talks about daughter's death to raise awareness

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    Heather Norris was murdered by her estranged high school boyfriend.  She was 20.... Read more >>
  • Poster designed to educate youth on dating violence

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Christy Clark, Alternatives Victims Advocate, Elwood, is helping to raise awareness on dating violence.... Read more >>
  • February 2012 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Control isn't love. It's abuse. Abuse can mean many things, and it's not always physical.

    ... Read more >>
  • Soma Intimates Is Committed to Empowering Women - One Bra at a Time

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    ANDERSON--Alternatives Incorporated has been selected by the Clay Terrace Soma Intimates boutique to partner in their "Giving is Beautiful" bra donation campaign, a nationwide charitable initiative to collect bras for... Read more >>
  • Heroes Holiday Shop

    Tuesday, December 20, 2011

    Fishers Police Department and several members of the Fishers community volunteered their time at Alternatives Incorporated on Sunday, December 18th. Lori Spillane and others spearheaded the event for the children living at... Read more >>
  • December 2011 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, December 8, 2011

    Thanks to all of our supporters for continuing to grow our vision...

    ... Read more >>
  • Celebrity servers at Lincoln Square raise money for Alternatives

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Alternatives' Elwood division held its annual "Celebrity Tips Night" from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Lincoln Square Restaurant. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a dozen local celebrity servers volunteered their... Read more >>
  • Hamiton County Domestic Violence Victims have ALTERNATIVES

    Monday, October 10, 2011

    Once a Hamilton County domestic violence victim has made the courageous decision to leave an abusive situation, where can they turn for help? Quite literally, these victims have Alternatives Inc., the United Way designated... Read more >>
  • Candlelight vigil

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    ELWOOD -- The annual candlelight vigil honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence was held Tuesday evening at Willkie Park with approximately 45 in attendance. Mayor Merrill Taylor proclaimed October as... Read more >>
  • October 2011 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    October is Domestic Violence awareness month.

    ... Read more >>
  • 'Safe Dates' program adds moms, dads

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

    GREENFIELD -- A local program that seeks to educate teens about dating safety has now been extended to include their parents in the conversation. The "Safe Dates" program, taught by Alternatives Inc. victim advocate... Read more >>
  • Feeding the community

    Friday, September 30, 2011

    For the last couple of years, Alternatives has received help filling its shelves from Anderson Fire Department.... Read more >>
  • Local agencies notice marked increase in child abuse

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    ANDERSON, Ind. -- An increase in child abuse, mostly in infants, is linked with the recent recession... Read more >>
  • Homeless kids help keep animals safe

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Miranda and other children from Alternatives' Kid Connection tutoring program visited the Animal Protection League to donate money they raised.
    ... Read more >>
  • UWCI Friday's Success Story - January 14, 2011 - Alternatives Incorporated ("Sara")

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    "Sara", a Hancock County mother of three, contacted Kelly, the Hancock County outreach advocate from Alternatives Incorporated, a United Way domestic violence agency, because her husband's verbal and emotional abuse was escalating. Sara told Kelly that because most of the abuse had previously been directed toward her son, he was now living with family members out of state.

    ... Read more >>
  • December 2010 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, December 16, 2010

    The Christmas season provides "moments" that give us strength and encouragement to continue.

    ... Read more >>
  • A night of their plight

    Saturday, November 13, 2010

    Rev. Andy Odle, executive director of Atlanta-based Church on the Street, said he intended to speak to the participants about the reality of the homeless.... Read more >>
  • Alternatives receives grant from Mary Kay Foundation to combat domestic violence

    Saturday, November 13, 2010

    "This grant is such a blessing to Alternatives in a variety of ways," said Mary Jo Lee, CEO.... Read more >>
  • Alternatives Youth Advisory Board receives awards at annual dinner

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    The Alternatives Youth Advisory Board received awards at the Madison County Coalition Against Domestic Violence annual dinner held recently in Anderson. The awards were presented in recognition of the dedication and hard... Read more >>
  • November 2010 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    EAT OUT at Roby's Grill in Elwood on November 9th from 3-7p and support Alternatives!

    ... Read more >>
  • Homeless kids get back on track

    Sunday, November 7, 2010

    "This program gives them the hope and inspiration that they can have a better life," said Lee.... Read more >>
  • Several Support Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Thursday, October 28, 2010

    Domestic Violence Awareness month is drawing to a close...

    ... Read more >>
  • Fundraisers benefit domestic violence

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Elwood community supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    ... Read more >>
  • Alternatives Inc. offers safe haven for women, children

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    "I have been through abuse myself and if I had a place like this to go, I would have thought I was in heaven," said Pat Gaither, weekly volunteer.

    ... Read more >>
  • ACS inaugurates first-ever Hall of Fame

    Monday, October 11, 2010

    Hall of Fame honoree Mary Jo Lee has become the community's leader in domestic violence prevention and education.

    ... Read more >>
  • October FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, October 4, 2010

    Domestic violence is the use of power and control within an intimate relationship that threatens a person's well being.

    ... Read more >>
  • Activities planned in October for Domestic Violence Awareness

    Saturday, October 2, 2010

    Alternatives of Madison County, including the Elwood branch, along with various local sponsors are hosting a month full of fundraising activities in the name of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention. October is National... Read more >>
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Friday, October 1, 2010

    It is an epidemic affecting Americans in all communities.

    ... Read more >>
  • September FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    October is the month designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).  Across the country, advocates are joining health care providers, business leaders...

    ... Read more >>
  • August FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    June 30th completed our fiscal year--335 women and children were sheltered. 80% were seeking safety from their abusive and violent homes.

    ... Read more >>
  • July FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    IMMEDIATE NEEDS Shampoo Conditioner Deodorant (Women's & Men's) Razors Toothpaste Toothbrushes (Adult & Children's) UPCOMING EVENTS July 1-31, 2010 CHRISTMAS IN JULY Anderson Fire Department is spearheading... Read more >>
  • Alternatives Inc. gets $44,000 grant (NAP Tax Credits)

    Sunday, July 4, 2010

    ANDERSON -- The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority awarded $44,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to Alternatives Inc. for its emergency shelter. Alternatives' shelter serves domestic... Read more >>
  • June FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Thursday, June 3, 2010

    Purchase this specialty license plate to generate funding for programs throughout Indiana that provide services, care, and treatment to victims of sex crimes. (Click on plate for more information.) Special thanks to ... Read more >>
  • April FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, April 12, 2010

    April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Teal ribbons will be on display this month to raise public awareness about sexual assault and rape.

    ... Read more >>
  • Local board announces emergency food & shelter funding

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    ANDERSON - Madison County's local board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, chaired nationally by Federal Emergency Management Administration, or FEMA, has announced its funding awards for 2010. The local board... Read more >>
  • Economic woes behind rise in abuse

    Saturday, February 13, 2010

    ANDERSON - When it happened once, she thought maybe it was a fluke. When it happened again, she thought maybe it was bad luck. But when it happened a third time, she knew she had to make a decision. "I just pick sucky men,"... Read more >>
  • December FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, December 1, 2009

    What about the children?  We are often asked this question and, with Christmas just days away, children are on everyone's mind.

    ... Read more >>
  • Lee takes home Athena honors

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    ANDERSON - A woman who has helped countless battered women and children escape the brutal world of domestic abuse was honored at the 2009 Athena Award winner Tuesday night. Mary Jo Lee, president and CEO of Alternatives,... Read more >>
  • FAMILY MATTERS November Special Edition

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    WAYS YOU CAN HELP HONOR OR REMEMBER SOMEONE YOU LOVE this holiday season by sending a gift in their name. Recognition gifts can be made for holidays, birthdays, or other special occasions. PURCHASE A GIFT CARD at any local... Read more >>
  • Homeless for a Night: 150 challenge their limits

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    ANDERSON -- A vacant field that once housed a bustling Delco Remy plant transformed into a cardboard-jungle shanty town Friday night. The rows of clumsily built cardboard homes stood as a reminder of the plight of area... Read more >>
  • November 15th kicks off Homelessness Awareness Week

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

    Alternatives Inc. and The Christian Center are joining together to raise homeless awareness

    ... Read more >>
  • November FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Do you have coats your children have outgrown? Please consider donating them to the shelter. We need all sizes--boys, girls, women's, and men's. (Yes, we have some teen boys who wear men's sizes!) Plan to... Read more >>
  • Survivor to speak on violence

    Wednesday, October 28, 2009

    ANDERSON -- Few can imagine the horror experienced by a 10-year-old boy who watched his mother and brother shot at point-blank range by her estranged boyfriend. Scars like that are never expected to heal. William... Read more >>
  • Event to shed light on homelessness

    Saturday, October 17, 2009

    ANDERSON -- On any given night, there might be 150 or 200 people seeking assistance in Madison County's shelters.

    ... Read more >>
  • City of Anderson Spotlight

    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Get outside your self

    ... Read more >>
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Hammering Their Point

    Friday, October 9, 2009

    Underestimating the Risk Some people think domestic violence is not prevalent or is a relatively minor problem. Here are some facts: An act of domestic violence occurs every nine seconds in the United States, according to... Read more >>
  • October FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Wednesday, October 7, 2009

  • September FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

    Tuesday, September 15, 2009

    The campaign has started... Please SUPPORT United Way! Other ways to help: -Donate old cell phones -Volunteer time -Sponsor a family for Christmas -Organize a group to fix a meal once a month for the ... Read more >>
  • Editorial: Homeless problem isn't going away

    Monday, August 31, 2009

    Recent data from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority show homelessness continues to plague Hoosier communities. A survey limited to 40 of the state's 92 counties in late January found 4,093 homeless... Read more >>
  • Homeless count shows increase in children

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    Alternatives Inc. sees fewer children recently

    ... Read more >>
  • Homeward Bound Walk Raises $70,000

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009

    On Sunday, April 26, 2009 hundreds of volunteers, walkers and sponsors raised over $70,000 for 13 local homeless service providers at the 3rd Annual Homeward Bound Walk. Alternatives walk teams raised $7,221. Thank you... Read more >>
  • Face Transplant Patient Comes Forward

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    5 years ago, Connie Culp was a victim of one of the most brutal domestic violence attacks imaginable. ... Read more >>
  • Golf Tournament a Success

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Our annual "Play for Family Peace" Golf Tournament a success

    ... Read more >>
  • Coping with Hard Times: Kid Connection helps children from troubled homes

    Tuesday, May 26, 2009

    Alternatives childrens program featured in The Herald Bulletin

    ... Read more >>
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