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April 2017 FAMILY MATTERS Newsletter

Believe and Support Sexual Assault Survivors in April

Wednesday, April 19, 2017




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Canned Fruit and Vegetables

NEW Socks and Underwear (women and children)

After School Snacks

Cereal and Breakfast Pastries

Paper Towels

Disinfectant Wipes and Spray

Baby Lotion/Sippy Cups

Deodorant, Q-tips, and Razors

Diapers (size 5 and 6)


Twin Sheets







on Friday, April 28th
from 11a-2p
(2115 S. Scatterfield Rd., Anderson)

All TIPS will support families in crisis. 

If you would like to volunteer as a server, please contact Ashley byemailing or calling 765-643-0218.




On Monday, May 8th,Alternatives will host our 17th golf fundraiser benefiting victims of domestic and sexual violence. The day will begin with lunch at12 noon on the patio and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Edgewood Golf Course. 

Please consider forming a team and partnering with us as a sponsor. Your investment will help families and children seeking peace!

CLICK HERE to open the event page, download Sponsorship and Registration Forms, and see who has already enlisted their support! Special thanks to our Presenting & Supporting Sponsors for their annual support and the many others who've partnered with us.






Don't forget YOU CAN SUPPORT Alternatives through your ON-LINE Shopping! 

Yes, AmazonSmile will donate between 1-6% of your purchases to Alternatives when you log on to AmazonSmile. What do you have to lose? We gained $67 to help victims of domestic violence in just a 3-month period. Click on the picture below and bookmark it for your future purchases.










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 Thank you to members of our Advocacy Club -
those who make a small contribution each month to ensure our services continue. You may feel like your monthly contribution "isn't much" - but to us it means the world. Over the course of your lifetime, all those small gifts add up to a substantial contribution. We appreciate your continued and dependable support!



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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the theme, Believe Survivors Change the Culture. Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual contact without consent. Consent must be voluntary, mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time. We all can help engage our voice by creating a culture of empathy, respect, and equity. It starts when we believe a survivor when they disclose a sexual assault and when we model supportive relationships and behaviors.

How can you be involved?

April 26 is Denim Day, a call to action for all people to come together by wearing denim as a visible sign against sexual violence. 

What does denim have to do with Sexual Assault Awareness?

Denim Day was originally triggered by a ruling of the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt the victim must have helped remove the jeans; therefore, giving consent. Since then, wearing jeans has become a symbol of protest against attitudes about sexual assault. You can join the protest and engage your voice by wearing jeans on Denim Day, April 26!


Your workplace could even host a "Dollars for Denim" fundraiser to support

Alternatives' services for survivors!

Contact Andrea Carlile at or by calling 765-643-0218



When you participate in Denim Day, April 26, you help raise awareness which:

1.) Makes it possible for more sexual assault survivors to find help

2.) Promotes prevention and education

3.) Encourages institutional and societal change

4.) Makes a powerful statement without saying a word






 Congratulations Mary Jo!

 Pictures from Mary Jo's Retirement Celebration at the Paramount.








Over 100 attended Hancock County's Annual 5K Against Violence, Completing the Circle of Support. This was the first year for the event and over $3,500 was raised to help Alternatives! Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, staff, and attendees who helped make this event a success! Hancock County is one of six counties served by Alternatives and in 2016, 64 victims were assisted and over 1,400 residents influenced through prevention programming. Thank you for completing the circle of support!







At Alternatives, there are many ways to give making a difference in the lives of our residents. Whether it's your time, talent, or treasure, by giving you are truly helping another life! It doesn't have to be much to make a difference; a few hours volunteering, giving up a cup of coffee with a donation of $5 a week, or blessing us with some canned goods are all just a few examples of what you can do to help. Your contribution truly aids in meeting the needs of those who find themselves facing domestic abuse. This month, we are facing a pantry with bare shelves. Your gift of non-perishable food items such as canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, and boxed goods would go a long way to filling our pantry. We provide all the meals for our residents and because of in-kind gifts like yours; we can allocate our funding towards other needs.

Thank you for supporting Alternatives!





Donate in Honor of Mom

Mother's Day is right around the corner, Sunday, May 14th! Instead of getting her more "things" this year, would you consider donating to Alternatives in her honor? Provide her a great tribute to help end domestic and sexual violence and support all who find shelter here because of abuse!



Lasting Thoughts...

How can you help a victim of sexual assault?


Be there.

Talk with them without judgement.

You can make a difference!

Together we can change the culture!






Alternatives Inc.
P. O. Box 1302
Anderson, IN 46015

Local Crisis: (765) 643-0200
Toll-free Crisis: (866) 593-9999
Hancock County: (317) 462-8777
Administration: (765) 643-0218


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